“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2Tim 1:7)
This is one particular scripture that I often quote to myself and others. Fear is a very common spiritual problem. Most of the time, it is hidden. The devil deceives his victims trying to control them. Fear is a painful paralyzing emotion when you perceive a danger ahead. This danger may be real or imagined. These are some of the most common fears: fear to be poor, fear of failure, fear of success, fear to remain single, fear of barrenness, fear of flying, fear of accidents, of armed robbers and kidnappers, fear of men, fear of sickness, and lastly, the greatest of all is the fear of death. Fear makes you weak, spiritually, mentally and physically.
Fear discourages you to move ahead, to start new projects or to meet strangers. Fear keeps you in your comfort zone and kills any dream you may have for the future. Fear is a great hindrance to a successful life and ministry. Some fears are ‘normal’ for all human beings. For example, going to an exam or an interview, there is some anxiety. But more than that, fear is a demon, an evil spirit attacking you. First of all, the devil attacks with ‘arrows’ of fear, to weaken you. Once he has succeeded to inject the poison of fear into you, he can then bring sickness or other troubles you will not be able to resist.
Fear makes you selfish too. A coward cannot truly love another. All he thinks about, all he prays about is for himself, his safety. Fear destroys many relationships. A marriage that allows fear to grow will end in divorce eventually. Fear also ends in depression. You will not be able to stay focused, calm or to think rationally. You shall make many mistakes, always protecting yourself from real or imaginary enemies.
Instead, God gives us the Holy Spirit that manifests Himself as power, love and sound mind. A born again believer is stable and strong. He only fears God. That makes him wise. He does not fear what others fear. He is bold like a lion. Being fear free, faith a a good space to increase in the heart. He speaks the truth in love. He trusts God for the strength to do ‘all things thru Christ who strengthens him’ (Phil ). He moves from faith to faith and from glory to glory. Fear it is to be identified and totally rejected. Call fear ‘an idiot’ and live fear free! Have peace and joy! At the name of Jesus every knee will bow! Chose God’s will! Be filled with the Holy Spirit and fear will have no chance! I know, for, by the grace of God, I am fear free!