Fear’s Power

Nehemiah 6:12-14And, lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that he pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. Therefore was he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and that they might have matter for an evil report, that they might reproach me. My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.”

Fear is a very powerful weapon that our enemy uses to arrest our growth and cause others to question our faith. I find myself subject to fear for a number of reasons.

When I step out to go somewhere or do something not knowing the destination or the outcome, fear is there.

When I face something or someone that is more powerful than I am, fear is there.

When situations and circumstances are out of my control, fear is there.

When the thought of loss looms: job, relationship, financial or spiritual; fear is there.

When I am doing something wrong and I might get caught, fear is there.

It is amazing the number of things that we fear.

There are lists with literally thousands of things of which people are afraid.

There is:

Anuptaphobia- Fear of staying single

Atelophobia- Fear of imperfection

Cherophobia- Fear of gaiety (seriously?)

Didaskaleinophobia- Fear of going to school

And the list goes on and on. These lists are not exhaustive as there are new things for people to be afraid of every day. While some of these are quite humorous, the fear behind them is very real – to them.

2 Timothy 1:7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

1 John 4:18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

First, I find that fear is a spirit. It is not of God. Our enemy plagues us with demonic spirits to afflict us; to tempt us; to oppress us and push us away from God. Satan wants force us to trust our flesh, our experiences, our emotions… anything or anyone but God!

Those spirits watch us and try to figure out a way to trip us up. If we tend toward any behavior that will draw us away from God, they will exploit it. If we are given to emotional actions and reactions, it is like getting on a roller coaster. You will experience highs and lows based on where your emotions take you.

Anger, depression, anxiousness, doubt, and worry; these are but a few of the gripping emotions that can put us into bondage and fear.

God has for you and I who are saved; power, love and a sound mind. Look at the maniac of Gaddarah. When he was possessed of demons, he acted like a crazy man. But when he was saved; he was calm, clothed and sitting at the feet of Jesus. An outward calm comes from peace within.

Secondly, God has for us a way to conquer fear. He gives us the power to conquer fear. Fear saps our strength and our will and replaces it with the shackles of fear. The power to overcome fear can only come when I reliquish my hold of fear to Him and ask for the power to dispel all my fear.

We assume that fear has it’s hold on us, when in fact it is our choice to allow fear to control us. We give it power over us when we give in to it. Simply, we must choose to trust God to vanquish the spirit of fear that plagues us. We must plead the blood of Jesus over the entry way that fear came in. We must have the desire to resist and repel that fearful spirit. But, it has to be God’s power we trust to deliver us and protect us.

Lastly, God reveals to us that LOVE is ‘fear repellent’.

1 John 4:18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

God’s love in me does not come with the flick of a switch or the wave of a magic wand. It comes when I allow God to love through me. That means, I am devoid of allowing my will and my way clouding my judgment, making my decisions or controlling me. That’s why the apostle Paul said:

1 Corinthians 15:31I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.”

The daily dying to self. The moment by moment subjection to the Holy Spirit’s leading. Paul knew that when he tried to do good, the power of evil was right there.

Romans 7:21I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.”

That battle; that fight with our mind and our flesh is sometimes so intense, we feel as if we just want to escape. Again, God provides.

1 Corinthians 10:13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Paul completes the thought with:

Romans 7:22-25For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”

I know that when fear rears its ugly head in my life, I must go to God.

Sometimes it is to hide.

Sometimes it is to get strength.

Other times, it is to hold His hand so that He can navigate my way through the troubled waters. All the while trusting; believing that He will guide, guard and protect.

Fear may seem strong – but my God is All-Powerful!

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