The Bible teaches us that fear is a spirit, it is an evil spirit, and it is one of the causes of so many of our failures in life. However, we find that the Bible also teaches us in II Timothy 1:7 this lesson; “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Paul gave this Scripture to Timothy right in the midst of telling him to stir up his spiritual gifts, to testify for Jesus Christ, and to share with Paul in the sufferings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Satan does not want you to use your spiritual gifts. He does not want you to talk about Jesus, and he wants you to be afraid of the suffering that you may or may not experience if you do talk about Jesus.
As we discover today, too many Christians, it seems that Satan has succeeded to stop many from moving forward by means of this one evil power alone. It’s estimated that a spirit of fear today oppresses 80% of Christians. However, Proverbs 11:9 says, “Through knowledge the righteous will be delivered”. We need the genuine knowledge of God to be delivered from the Spirit of Fear.
Fear stops people not only in the areas of witnessing and using our spiritual gifts. The fear of rejection has hindered people from beginning wonderful relationships. The fear of failure has held many back from beginning wonderful enterprises. The fear of death paralyzes and torments many. There are many other kinds of fear. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but unfortunately, many Christians have received a spirit of fear at some time in their life. They received what Satin was handing out to them. Many times, they received it before they became Christians, and they have not known God well enough to get rid of it since that time.
One thing is clear; no Christian received a spirit of fear from God. In fact, the Bible tells us in 1 John 4:18 that “perfect love casts out fear”. The more of the divine love of God that we receive into our lives, the less scope there is for fear to get a grip.
A man was once robbing a bank. In the midst of it, a woman comes up to him and tells him to put the gun down, and give himself up. What gave this woman such tremendous courage? She was the man’s mother, and her love for the son overcame that sense of fear. Fear tends to attract evil upon us, just as faith tends to attract the goodness and blessings of God. Fear is a substance of things we hope will not happen, it is almost like a conviction that they will happen.
Fear is faith in reverse. However, it is faith in the devil, whether we know it or not. God wants Christians to be free of such fear. There is a fear, which is good, and clean, which is the fear of the Lord. Many blessings are associated with the healthy fear of the Lord. We are not talking about that kind of fear here. Neither are we talking about the natural healthy fear, which would affect us if for example we were to contemplate jumping off a cliff or walking into heavy speeding traffic. We are talking about tormenting fear. This fear is strictly of the devil, and we must overcome in order to be successful in our undertaking. Why? Because God did not give us this spirit of fear, He gave us a spirit of power and love. Inside that spirit of power given to us by God, we can overcome. We can rise above the power of the devil, and we can succeed at whatever we sat our minds out to do, we can do it. The power lies in our faith, the faith to believe the word of God. That if God said it, it is truth in action, and we must believe that truth, and when we do, we are then empowered with the spirit of the power God gave us from the beginning of time. “DO YOU BELIEVE?