2 Tim 1:7— For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Fear is one of the most debilitating tactics that Satan will use to keep a child of God from entering into their destiny. I can speak with much creditability on this topic, because I was held captive to the spirit of fear for many years. I would like to start by saying that the battle with the spirit of fear is very real—it is not a mere figment of one’s imagination. However, we must never forget that greater is He that is within us, then he that is in this world.
Satan knows that if he can get us to believe a lie, we will never become the productive person that God desires us to be, which is why he loves to torment our minds with fear. The spirit of fear can come in many different forms. In this blog I would like to cover a few of my own personal experiences with fear.
There was not much that kept me fearful before I came to know Jesus as my personal Savior. Granted, I never really got into dark, bloody, scary movies, but I was basically a carefree, daring person. However, I was absolutely fearful of death. The thought of taking my last breath would cause me to panic. Why was it that I could live a wild and crazy life, but fear death? The answer is simple. My human spirit knew that if I were to die in my sins I would have gone to outer darkness, Hell. You see, Satan never tormented my mind with fear when I was living separated from God, because he already had me held captive to sin. However, it was my human spirit that feared death. My conscience was telling me that I needed to come to Jesus and walk away from the sinful nature of the flesh, but my flesh was enjoying the pleasure of sin. The Bible does tell us that Moses chose the ways of God rather than enjoying the pleasure of sin for a season. I no longer fear death after I came to know Jesus as my personal Savior. Why? Because my human spirit knew that I was ready to meet my Maker if I should take my last breath. You see, the fear of death was conquered when Jesus showered me with life. Praise God!!
John 10:10 — The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Satan started attacking my mind with fear once I surrendered my heart over to God. I was fearful of driving my car, fearful of the dark, fearful of people, and yes, even fearful to go to church. Some may wonder how I could go from being a carefree, daring person to a fearful, timid person. The answer is simple, Satan did not want me to walk in God’s perfect will.
I had to learn the hard way that I was fighting a battle for my soul. I guess during that time what troubled me the most was that I felt as if God’s people seemed to be so involved with social activities that they didn’t have time for me. However, looking back on that dark time of my life, I tend to believe that Jesus was teaching me how to war against the wiles of Satan. I also believe that He was teaching me how to lean on Him and not man. It was during that time that my relationship with Jesus became personal and flourished.
Ps 144:1— Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:
Prov 3:5 — Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Jer 31:3 — The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
Now twenty years later, I can say that I no longer live an incapacitating life; I am no longer weakened by the strategy of Satan; however, I have become an overcomer by Jesus Christ and the word of my testimony. Fear no longer holds me captive, but I am liberated to live my life according to the perfect plan of my heavenly Father. Does fear still try to lurk in the dark corners of my mind? Yes, but I have learned that there is POWER in the name of JESUS. I have learned how to put my armor on, and speak the Word of God every time fear tries to take up residence in my mind.
Eph 6:10-18 — Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Prov 18:21a — Death and life are in the power of the tongue:
Finally, I remind myself that according to the Word of God, nothing can separate me from His love.
Rom 8:35-39 — Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Until next time,