OVERCOMING FEAR

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

Fear is one of the devil’s greatest strategies against you. Whether it’s fear for your health, your finances or fear of failure and defeat. Fear comes from the devil. He will drop thoughts of doubt and fear into your mind so that you will meditate and dwell on them. It’s this perpetual meditation on doubtful and fearful thoughts that enables them grip hold in your soul. This is what happened to Job...

Job 3:25 For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me.

But what you need to understand is God does not want you to become a fearful person. He wants you to rise up with courage and with faith because whatever consumes your soul and mind, is what you will become. 

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

The Apostle Paul reminds Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:7 that God has not given us the spirit of fear, but one of power, of love and a sound mind. Paul shows us how to deal with fear:

1. By not forgetting the power of God. In Psalm 78:41-42 Yes, again and again, they tempted God and limited the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power. The children of Israel limited God through their persistent complaining. It says they did not remember the power of God despite performing miracle after miracle for them. When you focus on God and bring to your remembrance His powerful works, and what He has done for you in the past, fear dissolves.

2. By the love of God. 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect (matured) in love. You need to know that you are loved by God. His love is not based on what you do or don’t do – like in the world. But the more you know you are loved by God and faith is the basis of this truth (rather than a feeling), fear disappears.

3. By possessing a sound mind. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.   Here, Paul tells us to put on the helmet of hope. Hope is a helmet that protects our minds. That’s because despair and discouragement ruin more minds than anything else. But the hope of salvation that comes from the God of Hope (Romans 15:13) serves as a helmet protecting our mind.

Pray this prayer today…

Lord God, I thank You that You are the protector of my mind from fear today. I thank You for Your powerful right hand that will see me through this day. I thank You that I am greatly loved by You. I declare fear has lost its grip on my life and I am set free in the mighty Name of Jesus. Amen.

Pastor Wayne Simpson


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.