Do you have a spiritual gift of discernment? Perhaps you are not sure, but you do know that you have a heightened spiritual awareness.

Every day, hundreds of people are finding Enliven Blog because of my articles on the gift of discernment.

Many Christians are troubled by fear of evil, or do not know what to do about what they are experiencing, and want it to stop.

I understand how this can occur. As a young child I was frequently afraid. Then as a teenager, I had demonic encounters that left a long shadow of fear over my life—one that lasted decades. I now see how unnecessary this was.

9 Ways to Banish Fear of Evil

Here is a checklist of 9 keys that have helped me break free of fear of evil, and I believe will help you live free of fear and anxiety in every part of your life.

1. Know God is With You

Banish Fear of Evil‘Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.’ (Ps 23: 4a)

God’s answer to His people who experienced fear was to remind them of His Presence with them.

Knowing God is with you is not about a feeling. You can believe God is with you, because He says so in the Bible and God’s Word is completely trustworthy. When you begin to experience fear, choose faith: thank and praise God that He is with you.

2. Refocus on God

‘The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?’ (Ps 27:1)

Feeling afraid of evil is an indication that your focus is not where it should be. When you are afraid, the Holy Spirit is inviting you to put your focus back on your Father God. In Him, you are completely secure.

See God as your stronghold and your shield and His Presence around you as impenetrable.

3. Use Jesus’ Name

The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. (Prov 18:10)

Recognise that Jesus is with you to protect you (Matt 28:20) and His Name is powerful. The Name of Jesus is your badge of authority and with it you can address—and banish—both fear and the evil you are being confronted with. (Luke 10:17)

Know that Satan is already defeated at the cross of Jesus Christ. ‘And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.’ (Col 2:15)

4. Be Filled with the Holy Spirit

‘For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.’ (2 Tim 1:7)

The Holy Spirit will never lead us towards fear (see also Romans 8:15), instead, He will remind us of who we are—children of God, with a loving and powerful Father.

Praying in the Spirit will help empower you at times of spiritual warfare. After Paul talks about spiritual warfare and the armour of God in Ephesians 6, he adds: And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.’ (Eph 6:18)

5. Feed your Faith

 ‘…for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.’ (1 John 5:4)

Are you being tempted to feel anxious or afraid? Be aware of input that you are allowing into your mind. Set up a secure gateway by not viewing TV programs, videos and other media or choices that could promote fear.

Instead, be intentional about feeding your faith. Read and confess Scriptures. Listen to faith-building teaching that reminds you of who you are, Who your God is, and the authority you have in Jesus. You will be amazed at how much difference it makes! Then, speak and pray accordingly.

6. Use Your Authority and Check you are Under Authority

‘Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.’ (Heb 13:17)

The Name of Jesus is powerful, and your badge of authority. Remember that there is also power and protection through being submitted to authority. Engage in a church community, where there are pastors and leaders who can support and pray with you.

7. Set the Atmosphere

‘For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.’ (Rom 14:17)

Even when you have entered a place where someone else has allowed evil to dwell, you still have the ability to set the atmosphere around your own life and carry it with you.

You don’t need to be like a thermometer, going up and down according to the temperature around you. As a child of God, you can be like a thermostat: you can set the temperature, the atmosphere and the environment. Don’t settle for less.

8. Adjust Your Perspective

‘You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.’ (1 John 4:4)

Fear is an indication that we have lost perspective, or wrongly believe that the demonic realm has more power than God does in our lives.

Here is the right perspective. God is greater! There is simply no comparison and no competition, God is all-powerful and the demonic realm only has the power that people allow it to have.

9. Be Aware of God’s Heart for People

‘When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.’ (Matt 9:36)

Jesus felt compassion for the lost and broken. God loves that person who is bound by evil, or oppressed, or demonised. He has mercy towards those being used by the enemy to threaten you and others. The Father looks into their hearts and He sees the source of their own pain and the place that the enemy gained entry. God sees the bondage and atmosphere of evil as a cage from which He desires to set them free.

We need to see people with the eyes of the Father who loves them—and when we love, fear will lose its hold on us.

Related Posts:

8 Signs You May Have the Spiritual Gift of Discernment

What is the Spiritual Gift of Discernment?

Does Seeing Demons Mean that I Have a Spiritual Gift?


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Are you sensitive to what is taking place in the spiritual realm? Have you ever been adversely affected by a negative atmosphere?

You may have the spiritual gift of discernment.

The gift of discernment of spirits is a powerful weapon in times of spiritual warfare, and can be of great assistance when ministering freedom to individuals.

And yet many who have the gift of discernment have difficulty knowing what to do with what they are feeling or sensing.

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32 thoughts on “Discernment: 9 Ways to Banish Fear of Evil”

  1. en ocasiones es dificil detectar si uno posee el don de discernimiento de espiritus …dejeme decir algo al respecto.
    Conozco a una familia cristiana ,quienes son queridos amigos ,hace ya muchos años. En cierta ocasion despues de comer me platicaron acerca de situaciones que habian sucedido en el interior de su casa.Habian visto a un hombre fumar y tirar la ceniza del cigarro en una parte de la cocina…desaparece y no lo vuelven a ver. Poco tiempo despues ,en la sala :Ellos oyen desde sus recamaras,el trotar de un caballo,corren a ver que sucede en la cocina,y nada ven. Me decian que esto era real y que en muchas ocasiones les habia sucedido otras cosas semejantes. Me dijeron,nos gustaria que nos acompañara al negocio un dia antes de abrir…asi lo hice y me narraron que en una parte del negocio veian a un señor,pero al rato desaparecia. Dijeron ,no sentiamos mucho miedo o terror…pero nos gustaria que se liberara este lugar.

    1. Hi Jose, what an interesting story. It is a great example of using authority and faith to speak directly to the spiritual realm and bring peace to a situation and people affected by fear.
      Imagine the advance of the Kingdom of God if all Christians understood and exercised the authority they carried! May we see it in our day.

    2. Helen,

      Thank you so much for this series on discernment, especially this installment. I’ve been filled with fear of the demonic from experience I had as a child, despite knowing that God is bigger. This article has helped me to realize that I haven’t been making myself refocus on God when I become fearful, and now I’m going to put these things into practice.

      I have also finally accepted that I’ve been blessed – and not cursed – with the Gift of Discernment. I’ve been told many times by many people that I have this gift, and I’ve always wondered at the back of my mind or that’s truly what it is. Now I know. Because of the fear I experience, I have never wanted to allow myself to use this gift. I am now fully determined to overcome that fear and to allow God to train me up for His purposes (which is a huge deal coming from stubborn me).

      Please pray for me. I have a friend whose oldest son is being oppressed for the second time. He’s very young (I want to say 8 or 9 years old), and I’ve advised her to seek counsel with her pastor and have let her know that I’m willing to be there with her to offer support when she’s prepared to reclaim her home and her family. I want to be prepared for this encounter. Please pray for her (Shannon) and her family, and also for all who will be there to help her and her husband cast out this presence. Do you have any advice for me as a discerner? I am new to this, and I don’t want to overstep what God has planned for me.

      Thank you, and God bless you and your ministry.

  2. I appreciate your message on fear. Fear will grip you, stop you from progressing and if not dealt with will keep you in bondage.

    For years I was bound by a spirit of fear, after realizing Jesus came to set me free I began to quote 2 Timothy 1:7 which says, God did not give us the spirit of fear, but power love and a sound mind. The more I spoke this scripture the stronger I became. Thank God I am free.

    Thank you for sharing such a timely word.

    1. Hi Deborah, I love that verse too. What a great testimony you have, may you continue to walk with boldness and confidence, mantled in the empowering grace of God!

  3. Hi hellen,i learnt that i have a spirit of discernment in january this year,for about two decades ago,i was so timid and filled with fear,suddenly i became talkative which was not my previous nature,people began thinking am insane so i decided to be silent again,help me am confused to date.

    1. Hi Steven, what happened at the time you suddenly became talkative? Can you give me some more information?

  4. Hi Helen,

    Since I was a young adult, I have dreams with demonic presence every now and then. I never see the demons but I feel their oppression in the dream and sometimes even after I wake up I still feel the oppression. I grew up in a Christian home, I am spirit filled and know to call on Jesus. All the battles in my dreams have been won. However as my relationship with Christ is growing, I feel the oppression after I wake up from the dreams more than before and the battles are longer where I’m up for hours praying & rebuking. I recognize when the battle is over because the atmosphere in the room changes, it becomes lighter / less heavy and peace comes back. I’ve spoken to my fellow brothers & sisters in Christ and not many have had these experiences. I’m not sure if I have left a door open for the enemy to attack or is it part of a spiritual gift? Have you had similar experience?

    1. Hi Andrea,
      Yes I have had that experience and am grateful that I don’t have it these days! I believe our inheritance is to be free of oppression and bad dreams, if you are experiencing it as you are growing in maturity and closer to God, it may be that there is a contention taking place for your growth and advancement. Prayer ministry was a huge help to me. It’s interesting that you should leave this question, because I’ve started work on a blog post about bad dreams and nightmares which I intend to release this week, so keep an eye out for that, for more information to help with breakthrough.

  5. I really enjoy your post, on your experiences and study’s on this specific gift, I’m 18 and atuff like this really catch my eye. Sometimes for weeks I dream and wake up in a clenched position from demonic dreams they’re not so much me being scared but me just sensing and feeling there presence when I wake up from the dreams! Now my whole family is Christian and pray over our house and such, but I feel I sense other people’s pain and fear! I notice I always Atruggle sto sleep whenever someone in my family is having a hard time or being spiritually attacked. Seeing these post you made helps me a lot to understand what I’m going through and sense. Another thing I can see/feel is someone’s spirit, often I know if there sad or anything! Thanks for creating an amazing blog! Thought I’d shared my atories hopefully I learn to utilize my gift Better as I get older

    1. Hi Wesley, it’s good to hear from you, thank you for leaving the note. I hope you have been encouraged by this article. It sounds as though you are on the right track, keep on loving Jesus and focusing on Him. Be richly blessed 🙂

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