If you have an issue with fear, there is the antidote in the presence of God. The nearness of God in prayer private prayer, which is also our nearness to him, initiated by us, sets the stage in our lives for a fear-proof existence. Lack of fear does not mean lack of caution; it means a build up of a confidence within that leads to emotional fortification.
Emotions seem to be what us as human beings can least control. Sometimes emotions seem to alight on us almost without rhyme or reason. Some maybe overwhelmed by the feeling of fear.
One mission of Jesus Christ is to offer us a fear cure, as it is written, that Jesus Christ came to deliver us from the fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-16), and with the same stroke means all kinds of fear.
Your fear is meant to dissolve in the presence of God, that is the reality that you are supposed to live in, you are not to move about with a sense of fear but confidence in God.
You’ve been called not to fear man. The bible says that we should not fear man; rather, we should fear God (Matthew 10:28). The healthy fear of God does not paralyse, it guides the action. As it is written, who will do you harm when you go about doing the will of Gods (1Peter 3:12-13).
Paul told Timothy that he should realise that he has not been given the spirit of fear, meaning fear is a spirit (2Timothy 1:6-7); do not yield to it, but not in a vacuum, it is when you yield to the spirit of love, power and sound mind that it becomes possible not to yield to the spirit of fear.
From that we conclude that love, power and sound mind are spirit, in that context. A spirit is an unseen influence. God wants to influence you away from the direction the spirit of fear by the Spirit of love, power and sound mind.
One thing John told his audience on his discourse on Love is that perfect love casts out fear (1John 4:19), lending credence to the fact that fear is a spirit since it can be cast out. But the force of perfect love is seen as its antidote. That love the bible says is shed abroad in out hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). It therefore seems to me that the closer we are to the Holy Spirit, hugging the presence of God, the better we are in experiencing love fear gets automatically cast out.
Paul describes love, the God-kind of love, as being of the spirit. It is not natural, neither is it mental, intellectual, or a physical emotion, it (Love) is of the spirit meaning it gives spiritual quality, which dissolves fear. Love gives you a sense of security because you have fully realised that the God loves you and you are responding in like manner (1John 4:19).
The Almighty loves you, when the psalmist said: “in God I put my trust would I would not be afraid, what man can do to me (Psalm 56:11)”, we can deduce that you cannot trust God if you have no understanding of his love for you, because love and trust go hand in hand. Paul wanted the Ephesians to have the full revelation of the love of God saying that would cause them to be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:16-19). You can’t be filled with God and have a space for the spirit of fear it is not possible. That is what delivers from the spirit of fear.
The spirit of fear; that gnawing uncomfortable feeling that steals you joy, drains energy and serves as the first wave of satanic attack to make vulnerable for subsequent attacks. Don’t think the sprit of fear is something you can treat with kids’ gloves.
You should understand what the focus verse is saying when it said that as God comes near, in an expression of his presence, he tells you not to be afraid, meaning the presence of God in your life was meant to result in the melting away of fear by the heat from God’s presence. When you are not subjected to the spirit of fear, Satan’ operation via the tool called death, (Hebrews 2: 14-15) has no place to hold onto.
Remember Jesus said, the enemy comes but has nothing to hold unto in Him (John 14:30). And because fear has torment, and it is not God who has it, Jesus was therefore telling his disciples that there was no operation of the spirit of fear in him among other things. Realise that the more you are being formed into the image of Christ the less spirit of fear can make an impression on you. That seems to me the logical way of things.
Coming to the spirit of power, another antidote that Paul recommended for Timothy, it tells you that you can be in control. Fear originates from a sense of not being in control. But the manifestation of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of power in your life delivers that control to you.
There is a power at work in you (Ephesians 3:20; 1:18-23); you can work that power in prayer. The power of God can control your feeling so that so it does not go out of control. You can establish that control by actively seeking the Holy Spirit’s control in prayer.
We are called to not be filled excessively with wine but with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), we are to get drunk on the Holy Spirit as the spiritual wine. This is beyond academic posturing or exposure to the doctrine of the Holy Spirit; it is allowing the Holy Spirit to be all that he can be in your life. Just as with alcohol you let go of inhibitions, also the spirit of fear being an inhibition spiritually is done away with by the power of the Holy Spirit in you. It doesn’t go by negotiation but by the overflow of divine power.
Lastly, Paul introduces Timothy to the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of sound mind i.e. sound perception. A perception that mimics that of Christ himself, as it is written, we have the mind of Christ (1Corinthians 2:15-16). The way you perceive or analyse events could either open the heart to fear or to faith. But we have the spiritual equipment in the spirit of sound mind that is, the Holy Spirit colouring our thinking and making it possible for us to be unhindered, have our thinking uncluttered, by the spirit of fear; with the spirit of sound mind fully operational in us, empowering us to think like God would, so that when our thoughts are his thoughts out ways can be his ways (Isaiah 55:6-9, 2:3).
WordFromGod: Look unto me and you will not be afraid.
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