I WILL FEAR NO EVIL

BY T. O. BANSO

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught His disciples to pray, among other things, thus,And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen” (Matthew 6:13 New King James Version). Jesus said in the latter part of Luke 11:4, And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (NKJV). Note in the two scriptures the phrase “But deliver us from the evil one.” The evil one refers to the devil.

In John 17:15, Jesus, in His high priestly prayer, said, I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one” (NKJV). Here again, we see the phrase “the evil one.” The evil one is on earth causing evil by working through demons and his human agents. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy (John 10:10a). The Apostle Paul said in 2 Thessalonians 3:3, “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one” (NKJV).

The devil causes evil on earth. Many people live in fear of the evil he causes. In Ecclesiastes 4:1-3, Solomon felt it was better to be dead than to live and see the evil done on earth; he added that not being born was better than both! Some people today feel the same way when they see or are overwhelmed by the evil in the world. Some have committed suicide because of this.

But God doesn’t want His children to be afraid of the evil on earth or be so overwhelmed by it that they hate living. David said, Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4 NKJV). Similarly, he said,Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me” (Psalm 138:7 NKJV). David was not afraid of evil.

In Psalm 3, which David is believed to have written when he fled from Absalom, his son, who deposed him as king, he said in verse 6, “I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around” (New King James Version). He continued in verse 7: Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly” (NKJV).

Indeed, the LORD arose, and broke the teeth of David’s enemy! He put down Absalom’s rebellion and restored David to the throne. Proverbs 12:21 says, “No grave trouble will overtake the righteous, but the wicked shall be filled with evil” (NKJV).

In Psalm 27:1-3, David was also unafraid of anyone, including his “enemies and foes.” He was not scared of any army that might encamp against him, not because of his power but because of the LORD. Learn from him.

What you must do to fear no evil

1. Live under God’s protection. You will not fear evil if you live under His protection. Live under the protection of God Most High and stay in the shadow of God All-Powerful. Then you will say to the Lord, ‘You are my fortress, my place of safety; you are my God, and I trust you’” (Psalm 91:1-2 CEV). Note the phrase “Live under the protection of God Most High.” The New King James Version renders it as He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High.” Live under God’s protection and you will fear no evil.

Verses 9-10 of Psalm 91 say,Because you have made the Lordwho is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling” (NKJV). If you dwell in the Most High, you will fear no evil.

Living under God’s protection starts by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. You must be born again (John 3:3, 7). You should then trust in the Lord as your refuge amid the evil in the world. God will protect you. He will not allow evil to befall you For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock (Psalm 27:5 NKJV). If you live under God’s protection, He will hide you from the secret plots of the wicked, from the rebellion of the workers of iniquity (Psalm 64:2). To live under God’s protection, always obey His Word and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

2. Acknowledge the Lord as your light and salvation and the strength of your life. As I said earlier, David said in Psalm 27 that the Lord was his light and salvation and asked whom he would fear. He also said the LORD was the strength of his life and asked whom he would be afraid of. David didn’t fear anyone because of whom the LORD was to him. Therefore, he said when the wicked, his “enemies and foes”, came against him to eat up his flesh, they stumbled and fell.

Like David, make the Lord your light and salvation and the strength of your life. He will light your path and save you. You will fear no evil.

3. Know that the Lord is on your side. The writer of Psalm 118 says, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Verse 6 NKJV). Evil is in the world and the evil one is working through demons and his human agents. But you must know that God is on your side. He is not against you. And if God is on your side, you will win ultimately. As Romans 8:31b says, If God is for us, who can be against us?” (NKJV). If God is for you, it makes no difference who or what is against you. You will come out victorious. Know that the Lord is on your side and you will fear no evil.

4. Believe the Lord is with you and will never leave you. Believe God is not just on your side supporting you; He is also with you and will never leave you. God goes with you everywhere and you have no reason to fear any evil. God told Joshua,Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9 NKJV). In verses 6 and 9, God told him to be strong and of good courage. Also in verse 7, God said nearly the same thing, telling Joshua to be strong and very courageous. God is with you wherever you go. Have this confidence.

Hear what Moses told the Israelites: Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV). Moses also told Joshua, his successor, a similar thing before all the Israelites (verses 7-8).

God was with the Israelites as they journeyed in the wilderness (Exodus 13:21-22). There was no reason for them to fear any evil but they frequently demonstrated a lack of faith in God despite God’s assurance of His presence and protection. They murmured or complained.

Believe that God is with you and you will fear no evil. Isaiah 43:2 says,When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you” (NKJV). God will not abandon you even when you pass through the waters, the rivers, and the fire. God goes with you and before you. He said He would never leave or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5b). Believe this and you will not fear evil.

David said in Psalm 56:4, “In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?(NKJV). He also said in verse 11, “In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?(NKJV). If you, too, put your trust in God, you will not fear. You will not fear the evil that the devil does through demons and his human agents.

Psalm 20:7 says some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. Even when you use horses and chariots (human strength or earthly possessions), don’t trust in them; trust in the Lord. Proverbs 21:31 says the horse is prepared for the day of battle but deliverance is of the LORD. Prepare your horse for the day of battle but don’t put your trust in it; put your trust in the Lord. Believe the Lord is with you and will never leave them, and you will fear no evil.

5. Make the Lord your helper. Hebrews 13:6 says,So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’” (NKJV). If you make the Lord your helper, you won’t need to fear any evil because He will help you. If the Lord is your helper, how can any evil overpower you? David said in Psalm 54:4, “Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is with those who uphold my life” (NKJV). Make the Lord your helper. He will help as no one else can do.

6. Pray to God against the evil one. In Matthew 6:13 and Luke 11:4, Jesus taught us to pray to our Father in heaven to deliver us from the evil one. If you pray to God against the evil one, God will answer you. Matthew 7:7-8 says, Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened” (AMP).

It is the will of God to deliver His children from the evil one. 1 John 5:14 says, Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (NKJV). God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20). God cares for you more than you care for yourself. He will deliver you from evil as you pray. Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:18, And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!” (NKJV). Pray that God will deliver you from the evil one and all evil. He will.

7. Don’t be afraid of your enemies. Don’t be scared of the enemies threatening evil against you. God will defeat them.Then Joshua said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage, for thus the Lord will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.’ And afterward Joshua struck them and killed them, and hanged them on five trees; and they were hanging on the trees until evening” (Joshua 10:25-26 NKJV).

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego told King Nebuchadnezzar that they were not afraid of him. They didn’t fear the burning fiery furnace he threatened to throw them into. Eventually, God defeated Nebuchadnezzar; He delivered them from the fire (Daniel 3:16-18).

Jesus said, And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do” (Luke 12:4 NKJV). Even if God allows a child of God to die because of the evil on earth, death is not the end. He will rise and have life forever. He will come out to the resurrection of life (John 5:29). Fear no evil. The power of God is superior to that of the devil. The evil will bow before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous” (Proverbs 14:19 NKJV). Philippians 1:28 says, Don’t be afraid of your enemies; always be courageous, and this will prove to them that they will lose and that you will win, because it is God who gives you the victory” (GNT).

Conclusion: Fear no evil. The Lord is with you and goes before you. No evil shall befall you. No evil shall overcome you in Jesus’ name. You are more than a conqueror.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner, and cannot save yourself, and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You must join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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