Has fear controlled your life? It is devastating how the enemy controls people through the things they fear – even Christians.
Some of the ways that fear manifests itself include:
Social anxiety controlled me for most of my high school years. I had such people fear that I could not look people in the eye. But thank God, He set me free from that!
If the spirit of fear has been stopping you from fulfilling God’s plans for your life, it’s time to take control of it once and for all.
The Bible has much to say about the spirit of fear. One of my favorite scriptures regarding fear is 2 Timothy 1:7:
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
This scripture tells us two truths about fear:
In the following Bible study, discover how fear is outnumbered, the things people typically fear and what to do about them from a Biblical perspective.
Fear is outnumbered 3-to-1 according to 2 Timothy 1:7. Power, love, and a sound mind combats fear in the following ways:
As believers in Jesus, we have power through God’s spirit within us according to Romans 8:11:
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
– Romans 8:11
This is the same life-giving Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead! When we feel weak, we can call upon the Lord’s power. By faith, we receive His strength to do what we can’t do on our own. In that way, He gets the glory in our victory, not us.
We did not do anything to deserve God’s love. However, He chose us to love us as an act of His goodness and grace. He loved us while we were sinners! That fact amazes me.
Because the Lord loves us, He has good plans for us – better than we have for ourselves. When we obey God, we demonstrate our trust in Him and belief in His love:
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.– Romans 5:5
God’s perfect love casts out fear. If you doubt God’s love and rebel against Him through your daily actions, that is an inroad the enemy can use to torment you with fear and lies.
When a structure is defined as ”sound,” that means it is firm, intact, and stable. A sound mind is one that is undivided. It is the opposite of being double-minded.
For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.– 1 Corinthians 2:16
Jesus’ mind was established firmly upon fulfilling the Father’s will in His life. With that sound mind, He was able to establish wise priorities and make Godly decisions.
With that same ability, we have no need to fear. Instead, we can have confidence that we can face life challenges with God’s help.
Now that we know that fear is outnumbered, let’s discuss three situations people tend to fear, generating anxiety, worry, or procrastination. You’ll also discover the Biblical mindset toward handling these situations with confidence:
While we don’t seek conflict with others, it does happen. After all, people can experience the same situation but respond to it differently, depending on their perspective.
As believers in Jesus, we are called to resolve conflicts in a Godly manner. Rather than ”winning,” our focus is to demonstrate the love of Christ toward others.
Within ourselves, we affirm our intention to seek the highest good and to pursue peace as an ambassador of Christ
Peace is Spiritual warfare against the enemy! Seek God’s wisdom to resolve the conflict in peace and forgive offenses quickly:
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.– Matthew 6:14-15
As believers, we are called to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Our renewed spirit is the real us, not the flesh.
However, denying the flesh can hurt!
When a choice must be made between following what the Lord wants versus following what our flesh wants, then our choice is clear:
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.– Romans 8:5-8
Consider that Jesus suffered in His body more than anyone ever has. Considering Him gives us a reality check when the fear of deprivation arises:
For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.”– Hebrews 12:3-4
If my flesh complains about me saying ”no” to myself in a certain matter, I will remind myself, ”Come on! You are not going to shed blood through passing this by.”
That’s what I call a reality check!
In addition, the Holy Spirit within us gives us comfort in the midst of suffering.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.– 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
We recognize that God is glorified as we reflect His character in the choices we make and through comforting others through the comfort we have received.
The enemy uses the fear of death to keep people in bondage according to Hebrews 2:14-16:
“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”– Hebrews 2:14-16
We have no need to fear death because we have life in Christ! As we face our fears with the Lord’s help, we come to know and trust Him more:
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.– John 17:3
The above scripture is the purpose of life! Coming to know the Lord more through our daily life experiences is priceless.
My prayer for all who suffer from the spirit of fear is that the Lord’s perfect love casts out that fear. Fear involves torment and hell is a place of torment. Therefore, the person who lives in fear lives in their own private hell. But Jesus came to set the captives free!
May the Lord perfect us in His love so that we can be everything the Lord calls us to do and do everything God calls us to do.
Be blessed in health, healing and wholeness,
Author of the Take Back Your Temple program
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I struggled with this issue on my own weight loss journey to losing 85 pounds. But I discovered that you can win the Spiritual and mental battle that can make you inconsistent and lose motivation on your weight loss journey.
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