Rebuking Fear

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1: 7


Fear is a natural emotion. Individuals deal with fear at some point throughout their life. As with any emotion there are negative and positive reactions that it evokes. There is a natural fear that warns us of danger and keeps us from pursuing situation that otherwise could have potentially been harmful for us. But there is also a fear that attempts to steal the peace of an individual’s mind. This fear plays on insecurities. Certain situations in life can trigger fear and this anxiety will plague ones mind if they allow it.


Fear is consuming. Once it has been triggered in an individual it takes hold on all aspects of a person’s life. Fear speaks to a person’s present condition. Because when at that present moment, an individual is scared, it determines his future decisions. When a person is fearful, they keep themselves very closed in to their present situation. If they are fearful of harm, they will make all decisions so that they feel protected and safe…and generally this means that individual will stay at home and never venture out into an unknown situation. Their fear determines their future.


How do you overcome fear? It has to be acknowledged. You have to recognize what it is and where it is coming from. God’s Word has already answered these questions for us. 2 Timothy 1:7 openly says, “God did not give us a spirit of fear.” The Amplified Bible defines fear as “cowardice, of craven and cringing in fear.” So, if God didn’t give us a Spirit of fear then there is one of two options. Either we are placing unnecessary worry on our own selves or we are allowing Satan to attack our mind.


I do believe that people give more credit to the devil than is necessary at times. I feel that we will at times make foolish decisions that lead to confusion and fear. We, at times, are own worst enemy. That isn’t to say that the devil is innocent, because he assuredly is not. He is the father of all lies and a master of deceit. I, myself, have sat on the church pew Sunday after Sunday and Wednesday after Wednesday and have been just as deceived as a woman could be. He paints beautiful pictures that are easy to look at. But over time, (sometimes a long amount of time) these pictures will fade and reality will come into focus. This is when fear is so easy to consume an individual’s life. We begin to see our self in the truth of who we are. This can hurt and cause us to want to protect our self. Remember, fear speaks to our present situation, even when determining the future. But God, once again, allowed us the opportunity to fight against this Spirit that would attack our mind. God says in 2 Timothy 1:7, “God has given a Spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.” These three things that God has already freely given us, can be used to come against the attacks of Satan.


The Spirit of power comes purely through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Revelation 12:11a reads, “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb.” Notice, the Word reads, overcame. Jesus already DEFEATED Satan. That blood that was shed is still sufficient today to overcome any fear the devil would use to steal your peace. We have to choose to walk in this victory. I learned a long time ago to “Plead the blood.” I remember hearing my sister pray at night before we went to bed and she would “plead the blood”. I do the same now when I pray with my little girls. Satan can not come past the blood. And that blood is offered to cover the children of God today!


The Spirit of love is precious indeed. Many, many books could be written to describe this powerful tool to defeat fear. But I feel that if we as believers could grasp this one basic scripture, than we could walk a much more peaceful life. John 3:16 “For God so LOVED the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” The gift of salvation is freely given. If we could only BELIEVE.


The Spirit of a Sound Mind. If you are going to and fro and not stable within your mind then search within yourself. Are you adding unnecessary worry to your mind or are you allowing Satan to use your emotions against you? The Amplified Bible reads that we can have a calm and well-balanced mind. Seek God. Ask Him to reveal areas in your life that need peace. He is able to deliver you from your situations if you are able to work where He leads.


Fear. I am well acquainted with him. I am here to tell you that he is no longer welcome in my life anymore. I have chosen to overcome. I pray you do as well.



Author: Britney Wilkes

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Published in: on June 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

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