- The feeling of fear is natural.
There is a difference between having a spirit of fear and a feeling of fear. First and foremost, feelings are fickle and forever changing so for most scenarios, feelings are not dependable. But the feeling of fear is natural to every human. You have probably heard of fight or flight in one of your science classes; It helps us to make quick decisions when we feel we are in dangerous situations. The Spirit of fear on the other hand is not natural, it is a tactic used by the enemy to sow doubt (among other things) into believers.
- The spirit of fear comes straight from the enemy
The enemy’s goal is to steal, kill and destroy anything it can get its’ hands one (1 Peter 5:8). And one of his biggest weapons is FEAR. All he has to do is get you scared to walk in your purpose and he has done enough. You are now out of position and missing the provision and blessings God has waiting for you.
- Fear makes the decision for you.
I have battled with the spirit of fear all throughout college and up until recently. I have feared making the wrong choices instead of believing and knowing that even if I make the wrong decision God loves me and He will always get me back on the right track. When the spirit of fear consumes me, instead of praying about it and asking God for discernment on what is the right path to go, I just choose to go down neither of the paths. I guess my little thought process was if I don’t make a choice everything will just work out, but boy was I wrong! I was letting fear make a choice for me by not choosing! I was letting fear make me miss out on God’s best for me! Instead of being led by the Holy Spirit, I was being led by my fear….and ultimately being led by the enemy.
- 4. Fear shows a lack of trust/faith in God.
“You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” (Matthew 8:26) Sometimes when we are afraid of something, it is because we are lacking faith in that area. We are not confident that God will show up in the way we want Him to, so we worry and fear about what is to come. In Matthew 8:23-27, Jesus and his disciples were on a boat when a storm began. The waves were towering over the boat, so like any normal human being they feared for their lives, as Jesus SLEPT! I can only imagine being scared for my life and Jesus was sleeping through it all lol. When Jesus was awakened by their screams of terror, he simply replied “you of little faith, why are you so afraid,” and rebuked the winds and waves until they were calm. When we are confident in God’s ability/guidance we are able to conquer our fears/insecurities.
- There is freedom from the spirit of fear
After doing a little research on the internet, I read that the phrase “do not be afraid, or “fear not” is stated in the bible over 100 times! This just shows me that God thought it was imperative for us to understand that we do not have to live in fear. Now life can be scary and it is easy to let fear creep into your heart, but you don’t have to LIVE in it. Fear does not have to consume you, but you can only live that truth when you focus on who you belong to. Focus on the one who can and will calm your storms. Jesus died on the cross so that we no longer have to live in fear to anything or anyone. But the only way to live in that freedom is to pick up your cross (surrender) and follow Christ.