Fear…it’s that cold heart-stopping feeling that creeps into our thoughts.
Nagging whispers of possible failure that deflate our hopes and shuts down our dreams. We all get those thoughts at one time or another. Some of us have allowed fear to make a permanent home in our hearts. Anxiety, depression are frequest outcomes of fear’s victory in our lives. FEAR is different to each of us. For some of us it’s a demonic force, a stronghold generationally passed on through families or it can a deep rooted lie spoken over us.
Fear is a thieve, a robber stealthily moving with us throughout our lives. “I’m afraid” comes forth from our mouth without a thought. A spoken agreement with the Enemy that we are on our own and will most likely fail. A step ready to be taken, hanging in the air…..and then it’s over. Dead before this potential victory even had a chance. It’s a sad, vicious cycle for some Christians, Christ’s lovers. Fear often brings it’s friends in too. Self-anger and resentment can tag along. We become in bondage; locked in a prison of our own making.
Handling it alone
To compensate, we try to control situations, sometimes desperately. Strangling relationships by being takers only, trying to quiet fear’s shouts in our heads. We weigh out every risk on the scale of fear. How much and what we might gain vs the fear often determines if we take the risk. Job opportunities, stretching out that hand to someone we haven’t met.
1. How to win the battle~identity
Know who and Who’s you are. Here’s the good news. We are chosen, pre-destined. Romans 8:30 says: And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Ephesians 1:5 states “he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will” (NIV) courtesy of BibleGateway.com.
Every person is born with a God Plan. Jeremiah 29:11 states “I have a plan for your life, one to prosper you and not to harm you”. My paraphase.
Psalm 139 (TPT)You Know All About Me
1 Lord, you know everything there is to know about me.
2 You perceive every movement of my heart and soul,
and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind.
3–4 You are so intimately aware of me, Lord.
You read my heart like an open book
and you know all the words I’m about to speak
before I even start a sentence!
You know every step I will take before my journey even begins.
5You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way,
and in kindness you follow behind me
to spare me from the harm of my past.a]”>[a]
With your hand of love upon my life,
you impart a blessing to me.
16You saw who you created me to be before I became me!g]”>[g]
Before I’d ever seen the light of day,
the number of days you planned for me
were already recorded in your book.
So, now we see why the enemy has used fear so ruthlessly in our lives. To derail us from walking out God’s plans for our lives! How many ministers, CEO’s, teachers, Presidents, doctors, evangelists and many other roles will never be fullfilled. God’s potential in us is only limited by us, not God. Psalms 37:23 “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives’
2. Gather your weapons
In Luke 10:18-19 (NIV) 18So He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you.”
What then can we do? If God already ordered our steps how do we shut down FEAR, the liar so we can fullfill His good plan for us? God gives us the answer. In Isaiah 41:10 [Full Chapter]:
David fought Goliath with a sling shot and a stone. 1 Samuel chapter 17 records the story. A small shepherd boy ran AT Goliath, the giant Philistine to kill him. Whatever we are facing, it can seem like a Goliath. David was just a boy from a family of brothers. Often ignored and pushed about. But unlike his brothers, he had been anointed to be something mightier. While tending his faher’s sheep this day, he had killed both a lion and a bear planning to devour the sheep. Later he heard about this battle between his fellow Israelites and the Philistines. This young boy in faith went out in the battle to defeat the Philistine giant Goliath. Faith in the God of Covenant. He had eyes, he could see physically he was no match for Goliath. Fear was defeated, David RAN toward the giant with total faith and assurance in God and killed him. David later became King David, a man after God’s own heart. He had a destiny and he grabbed onto His King for the victory.
if you are a Christ lover, you have the tools to smash down and defeat another giant, fear. In Phil 2:10 ‘that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,’ (NIV)
The weapons of warfare are not weapons of the world. They have divine power to demolish stronholds 2 Corin. 10:4 in the NIV.
We speak the Word like a sword. No weapon formed against me will prosper and you will refute every tongue against you (Isaiah 54:17). In James 4:7-8 We are told to resist the devil and he will flee from you. When we hear or feel fear creeping in, rebuke the liar in the Name of Jesus. Not by power nor might, but by my Spirit said the Lord. We speak what God says about us, not what the Enemy says.
Power of Praise
We can’t lose this battle, because it’s already been won. On the cross, Jesus paid the ultimate price to purchase our victory over the Enemy and death. His resurrection is our gateway into all His riches and blessings in Christ Jesus. He is our Victor! He’s our Deliverer!
Fear flees in the name of Jesus when we command it to flee by the authority of His name. As Christians, we have authority over demonic forces, strongholds, principalities through Jesus. It’s in Jesus authority that we can stand on the neck of the Enemy. In Luke 10:18-19 (NIV) 18So He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm you.”We have all the armour of God at our disposal.
Ephesians 6:13-15 (NIV) reads: 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
Praise shuts down fear
- 1 Peter 5: 7 Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you
- Psalm 27:1 Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
- Psalm 27:3 Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.
- Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. https://www.openbible.info/topics/overcoming_fear
Are you running from your God given dream because of fear? Do you hear that soft still voice of the Holy Spirit but allow fear to shout louder?
Fear not! Pick up your stone of His Word and the slingshot of faith and crush this giant. We don’t know all the plans for our future. But He knows. It’s already been planned. Trust, have faith and take His hand. Step over fear, our defeated foe. 2 Timothy 1:7 [Full Chapter]
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
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