I know many have in different seasons of life, as the enemy likes to wreak havoc on us in trying times.
This is when we need to remind ourselves: "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
Kim Potter shares an excellent word about this as she shares her own experiences of dealing with fear.
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I once read a testimony from a man who was healed of cancer. He had only been given ten hours to live. In his interview he made a statement that I am sure is relatable to many of us. He said, "I fought fear more than I fought cancer." I understood exactly what this man was saying in his testimony.
I learned a few things through my own process of "fighting fear more than sickness," that I would like to pass along. Perhaps you already know all these truths, or perhaps you will need to know them one day...
Fear Is Not an Emotion – It Is a Spirit
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)
If fear is present, it is not of God; it comes straight from the devil. It is one of his most effective tools and we must fight it as such.
The Bible says whatever we bind on Earth is bound in Heaven. We have to bind the spirit of fear and command it to go! Command it to bow its knee to the name of Jesus.
While I was driving the other day, I was thinking about fear and what God was showing me. The radio was on and a song began to play along the lines of what I was meditating on. One line says, "There's a place where fear has to face the God you know." I love that part...if you stand against fear it must go. It has no choice. James 4:7 shows us this powerful truth: Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Fear is his tool – resist it and it must flee. We have God's word on it.
Fear Begins with a Lie
It all starts with a lie. It may sound something like this: "You are not going to make it through this." Or, "You are going to lose everything this time." Or, "Your children are too far gone, they will never come back to God." Whatever the lie is, there is only one way to fight it – with the truth.
The only way to resist fear is to be rooted and grounded in truth. We must know when fear comes it is not from God. Then, we must locate the lie that started it and replace that lie with the truth of God's Word. (Photo via Pixabay)
When faced with fear, one of two things will happen: we will resist fear and it will go, or it will grow and consume us. The more we meditate on the lie that is bringing the fear, the more the fear will grow. If not dealt with, fear will always grow. If we continue to meditate on lies, fear will gain more and more influence until it has a more dominate place in our lives than God and His Word. We simply can't allow that to happen.
Give No Place to the Devil – Our Victory Has Already Been Won!
Ephesians 4:27 tells us to give no place to the devil. When we allow fear to remain in our hearts, we are giving place to the devil who brought the fear in the first place.
Fear affects our minds, our emotions, our decisions and it will affect our physical bodies if we allow it to remain. Therefore, we must keep the spirit of fear under the Blood of Jesus.
As I said earlier, fear begins with a lie. Therefore, it can and will be overcome with truth. Keep the truth of God going in your mind and heart and coming out of your mouth. In doing this, you will keep fear at bay.
So many times, the real fight is a fight against fear. The good news is that the fight was already won – at the Cross of Jesus Christ. He conquered the spirit of fear and rendered it helpless and ineffective. We only need to stand steadfast in this eternal truth.
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A New Thing Ministries
Kim Potter is the founder of A New Thing Ministries, which sends a daily teaching to over 10,000 people all around the world. Her articles have appeared on The Elijah List, Charisma, Spirit Fuel and iBelieve.com. Kim's message is one of hope. She speaks to the heart of those who have grown discouraged and disappointed by the circumstances of life and imparts the desire and ability to stand against all odds; to stand for victory. She encourages people to press into God and discover that He is who He says He is.
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