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Fear, a Fiendish Enemy or Familiar Friend

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. - 2Ti 1:7

If fear is not from God then from who does it come? The answer is not always easily determined because fear can have its roots in many areas of our lives, from ancestors we never knew to childhood traumas, to demonic oppression. One thing for certain is fear is always used as a motivator of the devil in hopes of stopping or stalling us from fulfilling our God-given destiny.

Not all of our pre-purposed destinies are religious or fulfilled within the four walls of the church. Actually, most of us should be in the world participating in the release of the hope of Jesus Christ to a lost people. With that said, just because you are not “in ministry” doesn’t mean you don’t have a ministry. Everyone has a purpose in this world as a child of God, and a Christians purpose is to proclaim the praises of God (1Pe 2:9). We can only proclaim His praises if we are convinced of our identity in Christ and are bold in our faith. If we are unsure of who we are and who we belong to we will allow fear to rule us. Faithfulness is the opposite of fearfulness.

Fear is defined as a painful emotion or passion caused by an expectation of evil or the awareness of danger. Other words for fear are agitation, anxiety, nervousness, and uneasiness. Fear quenches faith, but faith believes and trusts in the Lord and His word. The 1828 MShaffer online dictionary describes the momentum of fear as fear, dread, terror, and fright. Often times the accelerator to fear is Satan. Fear is not only an emotion it is a demonic spirit and can be like cancer, once we give it room in our minds it can grow and consume us. Once fear hits the fright level, it can cause a person to run the opposite direction God is calling them to.

The Lord speaks a quietness in our souls when we allow Him. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” God knows what He is doing even when it looks like He is nowhere to be found. To be still is to cease to worry; it is to allow one’s soul to be quieted by the presence of the Holy Spirit even when it appears there is cause in the natural to worry. Worry shuts down the process of faith because it distracts us from the truth of God’s word. Jesus said not to worry because it cannot add a minute to our lives. We are set free to walk in peace and peace should be the umpire of our hearts. Fear involves torment and torment dissolves peace.

The words sound mind in 1 Timothy denotes a disciplined thought pattern, which is how we cast