With all the news and narratives concerning ISIS, nuclear threats, our freedoms daily being taken away, it is no wonder many are fearful. We have to always remember that when we feel fear, it is the work of Satan. 2 Timothy 1:7 says that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but power, love and a sound mind. Actually the Amplified puts it this way: “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and disicpline and self-control.” This is putting it quite bluntly. Of course, we know that Paul is writing to Timothy encouraging him not to be afraid but to speak boldly of Christ. But it still addresses the subject of fear.
Everytime you feel fear in your life, it is not of God but is certainly a manifestation of the kingdom of darkness. This is the spirit the enemy uses to try to rule over God’s people and keep them in bondage and unable to come under the authority and leadership of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the spirit that would keep Christians in a corner fearing for their life – fearing they cannot speak out. It is used against Christians to keep them from the great plans God has for them.
What keeps you bound and unable to move forward? Some fears may be lack of finances, death, loneliness, authority, people, your job, commitment, rejection, failure, not good enough, etc. The fact that you feel paralyzed by your fear is an indicator that this is not the work of God. God is love, joy, peace in the Holy Spirit. God is for us and not against us. God has a plan for each of us and desires that we live in His peace, despite our circumstances. But if we allow fear to rule in our lives instead of faith and trust in our Father, then we will become servant and slave to the fear. It will become our master in that area of our life.
When the enemy brings fearful thoughts, we must learn not to submit to those lies. But instead, turn to God’s word so that it can break the hold of the fearful thought.
For instance, maybe you struggle with believing that God will take care of you. The truth is Ps. 46:1: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present and well-proved help in trouble.” Now this is what the word says! God is not a liar but He has covenanted with us and His Word is our promise. If you are living your life under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, then this Word is for you. You can count on it. No matter how many times the enemy brings a lie to you, you counter it with the truth. The Truth breaks the power and yoke of the lie. Are you getting it?
I remember years ago. We were having some financial difficulties and I was operating at the top of my fear thermometer. I was anxious and all kinds of thoughts were flooding my mind. As I stood at the mirror that morning combing my hair, I heard God say this: “I would have fainted had I not believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (Ps. 27:13) I grabbed this truth and yelled, “I believe YOU, God.” A few days later we received a check in the mail that helped us get through that struggle. Praise to Jesus.
Now it is time for you to face your fears. I believe that God’s tender heart always works to bring us gently into freedom. I have found that when I look my fear straight in its face, the fear dissipates. I remember when we were in China and driving up a mountain range in our van. The mountain was the steepest I had ever seen in my life and the road the narrowest.
Fear rushed over me so quickly that I thought I would be ill. I grabbed my husband and held on to his chest praying in the spirit. My friend Connie yelled at me saying, “The worst that can happen is that we will be with Jesus. Just think of the kids we will be helping at the top of the mountain.”
I am certain those words did not change my perspective, however, they did remind me that Jesus is my help and my life is forever in His hands. As we continued up the mountain I set my heart on Jesus, my deliverer. Arriving on top of the mountain and seeing the joy on so many children’s faces, I felt the fear disappear. On the way down, the joy of the Lord hit me and I seemed to be in heaven as we maneuvered down that narrow road enjoying what God had just done with all the children. Fear had no more control. I even enjoyed the beauty of the mountain range.
Today, I want to encourage you to keep going. Don’t allow fear to rule and reign in your life. Look fear straight in the eye with God’s Word. Hang on to His word and allow its truth to begin to break that stronghold of fear.
Remember that the enemy’s lie is the counter to God’s truth. So throw the truth at the lie and watch it begin to melt. Throw it at the enemy until you sense joy welling up in your belly!
NOW IS THE TIME!
“This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction:
that Your word has revived me and gives me life.”
Blessings and have a faith filled day. Julaine
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