1 John 4:18 AMP
“There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love.]”
If we are going to be free from fear we need to grow into a sufficient understanding of God’s love. In Chapter 1 we learned that from the very beginning the tactic of the enemy was to have us question or not to believe the word or in the love of God. We also learned that God and His word is one. We learned that His word became flesh and dwelled among us and accomplished all that He set out to do.
In this Chapter we are going to discuss the way out of fear and how 1 John 4:18 can and will work for each of us. When we know how much God loves us and that when we put our faith in Christ there is no judgment for us, fear is driven out. It is when we come into this perfect trust and reliance on His love and in His word that all anxiety and depression is driven out.
So what is the way out of fear, anxiety and depression? Well firstly we need to clarify that the way out is actually not a method or a 10 step program, it is not even a system of beliefs or a way of thinking. In fact the way out is not a ‘what’ or ‘how to’ at all but rather a person and that person is Jesus Christ.
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the [only]Way[to God]and the real truth and the real life; no one comes to the father but through me.”
Remember that in Chapter 1 we saw that fear and anxiety got its way into our lives by us being separated from God, we needed a way back to God to get out of fear and anxiety; we needed a way back to life and joy and true pleasure, but how? God is just and righteous and he has to punish sin, He cannot allow sin in his presence. We needed a way out of our shame, out from under the curse and our guilt. We needed a way to pay our debt but we had no way of doing that.
We also saw a promise of a savior, a savior born of a virgin and a savior that would suffer (and redeem us by paying our debt) but also a savior that would be victorious and crush the head of the enemy fatally. In John 14:6 the way is revealed, the way has a name, His name is Jesus.
In Chapter 1 we also learned that the strategy of the enemy has always been to make us believe in something other than what God said, “Did God really say?” Fear is in fact active atheism or believing in anything more than you believe in the love and word of God. Fear and anxiety grows from a seed and that seed is the question “Did God really say?”
So what does the word of God say about fear and how do we get onto this way out of fear? How do we start our Exodus (our journey) out of Egypt (slavery)?
John 3:16-17 AMP
“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world, that He even gave His one and only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trust in him as savior shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the son into the world to judge and condemn the world but that the world might be saved through Him.”
We start with the Lamb of God, Jesus.
In the first two chapters of the book of Exodus (the departure, the going out) we find the Israelites as slaves in Egypt. We learn about a boy called Moses who narrowly escapes death by his family placing him in a basket on a river and he floats away to be found by an Egyptian princess and he is raised as royalty in a palace. We read about how Moses sees the suffering of his people and tries to free them in his own strength and wisdom but ends up killing someone and fleeing into the wilderness.
We often find ourselves in the same place, slaves to fear and sin, to depression and anxiety and then trying to free ourselves in our own strength and by our own wisdom only to find ourselves in the end running away defeated into an unknown land. If we truly want to be free we need to follow God’s perfect way of getting free and that plan does not rely on our own strength or wisdom but it is all about where we put our hope, our trust and our faith.
The story of Moses does not end in his sin and weakness or in the fear that he ran away in from Pharaoh but it really only starts with a one on one meeting with Almighty God.
Exodus 3:2 / 3:6
“The Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing flame of fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was on fire, yet it was not consumed.”
“Then He Said, ‘I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ Then Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.”
If you want to be free from fear, anxiety and depression you will need to have a one on one meeting with God, you will need to know THE WAY, you will need to personally know Jesus. Not just know about a Jesus but you need to intimately and personally know the lamb of God Jesus who is the Christ.
In the remainder of Exodus chapter 3 God reveals himself to Moses as the great “I AM” and in verse 17 says “I will bring you out of the suffering and oppression of Egypt to a land flowing with milk and honey” and ads a promise at the end in verse 22 (I like the way its translated in the Amplified version AMP) “leaving bondage with great possessions that are rightfully yours.”
In the next Chapter we are going to discover more about this way, the promise of Genesis 3:14-15 is about to be revealed, our way out of fear, anxiety and depression is about to enter the scene.