1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
It was movie mogul and producer, Alfred Hitchcock who said, “The terror is not in the bang. The terror is in the anticipation of the bang.” What he said is absolutely true. Allow me to explain how it works. First, allow me to talk about faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. And furthermore, faith is “now.” Think for a moment. Imagine have a strong desire for something in your life. Now go further and imagine having such a strong belief in faith that after you’ve asked God for it, you are fully convinced that it is your possession, though at this moment, there is no physical evidence that you possess. Remember here, YOU ARE CONVINCED; COMPLETELY. Would you be worrying about it, doubting it, or even being remorseful that you don’t see it at the moment? Of course not. If you truly and fully believed it, you would have an attitude of elation, thankfulness, and exuberance.
Now follow me further. Fear is the opposite of faith. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Fear comes in the same manner, but it would be stated thusly; fear comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of the devil (or some ungodly voice). So, with faith being the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen, then fear is the false substance of things undesired and the non-existent evidence of things not seen. In other words, when one is operating in fear, it is the belief of false evidence, but acted upon and received as though it truly existed. Fear is not an issue of the past, but one of believing what cannot be proven will manifest itself in one’s life.
Now keep in mind that every good and perfect gift comes down from our heavenly Father, the Father of lights. In that same train of thought, every evil and flawed gift comes from Satan, the enemy of your soul, Faith produces a loving, positive, life-giving expectation, while fear produces a hateful, negative, life-stealing expectation. God’s Word is true. If God says it, that settles it. Satan’s word is a lie, coming from the father of lies. If Satan says it, nothing is settled, except for the fact that he lied. Therefore, we should in NO WAY expect what he says to come to pass. The torment of Satan is not what Satan accomplishes, but the anticipation of what he says he can do. The longer and greater the anticipation, the greater the torment. Your personal imagination is so powerful. That is why we must have the mind of Christ, and think ONLY of those things that are pure, just, lovely, true, of good report, and praiseworthy.
Manna for Today – 1 John 4:7-21; 2 Timothy 1:7; Hebrews 11:1-6; Romans 10:17; Philippians 4:6-8