Conquering The Spirit of Fear
Author Candi M. Marsh
Fear is an overwhelming emotion caused by the belief that something bad is going to happen that will cause pain or harm. Fear may seem like a difficult giant to overcome, but in reality, fear is just an emotion and it is your responsibility to choose how you will respond to it. If you make the choice to give into the emotion of fear and accept it as truth, you may allow fear to control you, or even worst immobilize you from walking in your spiritual gifts and calling (starting that ministry, writing that book, or launching your business etc). This is why it is important that you conquer fear head-on.
Of course fear can be a difficult emotion to overcome but nonetheless, God already has given you the recipe to overcome it and that is through the gift of faith. As stated in Hosea 4:6, a lot of Christians are destroyed due to the lack of knowledge. Similarly, it is due to the lack of knowledge of where fear comes from and the tools needed to defeat it, which makes overcoming it so difficult.
You must remember when you experience fear that this emotion does not come from God. 2 Timothy 1: 7 states, “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but power love and a sound mind.” Timothy states two very important points in this verse that will help you overcome fear
– God does not give you fear.
– God has given you power, love and a mind of peace to defeat fear.
– The key to defeating fear is understanding, believing, and applying these major key points.
God Does Not Give You a Spirit of Fear
If fear does not come from God then where does it come from? Yup, you guessed it, it comes from the enemy. The sole mission of the enemy is to kill, steal, and destroy your purpose, goals, dreams or plans. He is crafty and will use whatever scheme or tactic he needs to accomplish this and one of his tactics is placing fear in your heart to stop you from doing what God has called you to do. Fear is one of his greatest weapons because it works. Once he has you in a frightened state he knows you will be too afraid to move or use your gifts for the glory of God. I admonish you do not give into the lie of fear. Instead, use the weapons God has given you to conquer fear.
He Gives Power…
Power is just one of the many weapons God has given you to overcome fear. When I say power specifically what I am referring to the Word of God. Hebrew 4:12 states that The Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirits, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. There is nothing more powerful than the word of God, therefore, any time fear starts to overwhelm you, fight back with The Word! The word of God is effective in fighting off the spirit of fear because it is the absolute truth and any lie that the enemy tries to exalt in your mind or heart, must bow down to the word. Hide God’s Word in your heart to use them when faced with fear. Here are some really good ones.
– “No weapon (or spirit of fear) formed against me shall prosper”—Isaiah 54:17
– “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”—Psalms 118:6
-“I will be strong and courageous. I will not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord my God goes with me, he will never leave me nor forsake me.”-Deuteronomy 31:6
He Gives Love…
God is love (John 4:8) and 1 John 4:18 states, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love drives out fear” Therefore, God and fear cannot exist in the same space.
Now, this begs the question:
What type of relationship do you have with Christ (love)?