2020 has rolled in with an amplified bang!
Globally, there’s heightened unrest, turmoil, and instability in almost every sphere of our human existence.
Natural disasters, wars, terrorism, violence, crime, persecution, social unrest, unemployment, economic uncertainty, political instability, climate change, famine, sickness, disease and on top of all of that, now there’s the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) taking its toll, especially in China…no more needs to be said.
In the midst of the swirling chaos and threatening angst, the Lord has a message for us, His people.
It’s the same message He has always given throughout the ages when life’s challenges came crashing in upon us like a flood and coldly stare us in the face up close and personal without blinking.
That message is, “Fear not!”.
You may be thinking, “Be for real!…How in the world can I not fear?…Don’t you see what’s going on in my country and around the globe?…I mean, just look at the reality and the dark looming threat of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)…How can I not fear?…How?
Listen, fear is not just an emotion resulting from a belief that someone or something poses a threat to us.
The scripture tells us that it is a spirit, and it is not from God.
II Timothy 1:7 states, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.“ (NKJV)
The Amplified Bible puts it this way…
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].” (AMP)
Fear Is A Spirit
Fear is a spirit.
It’s a spirit that seeks to cause us to take our eyes off of God and the truth of His Word and keep them on the complexity of our circumstances.
It’s a spirit that seeks to throw us into a panic mode, casting off sound judgment, discipline, self-control and the ability to hear the Holy Spirit and thus be equipped to make wise decisions.
It’s a spirit that seeks to weaken our resolve and make us cower and shrink back from challenges, situations and assignments thereby preventing us from being and doing what God has called us to be and do.
It’s a spirit that seeks to sell us the lie that God is not enough…He’s not big enough, powerful enough, knowledgeable enough, wise enough, loving enough or concerned enough to see us through...therefore we can not trust Him and we are on our own…THAT IS A LIE!
It’s a spirit that seeks to place us in bondage and torment, to grip us in its tentacles, paralyze us, and to try to squeeze the very life out of us.
Fear is a spirit and it is not of God.
We Are Empowered Not To Fear
Just considering the above, it’s easy to see why throughout the scriptures, God instructs, admonishes, and even commands us not to fear.
God will never ask or tell us to do anything that He has not already given us the capacity or made a way for us to do, so the fact that He tells us not to fear means that by His Grace and Holy Spirit, we have been given the ability to resist, bind and cast out fear...we are empowered not to fear.
No matter the situation or circumstance, by God’s grace and the empowerment of His Holy Spirit, we do not have to fear.
God wants us to trust Him and not fear.
He wants us to stand on the Truth of His Word and not fear.
He wants us to cast our cares upon Him and not fear.
He wants us to not worry about anything but to pray about everything and not fear.
He wants us to rest in His everlasting, immeasurable unconditional love and not fear.
He wants us to keep our eyes, hearts and minds stayed and fixed upon Him and not fear.
He wants us to dwell in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty and not fear.
God has not given us a spirit of fear and by His grace and the empowerment of His Holy Spirit, we can conquer fear.
How To Combat Fear
Prayer, meditation on the Word and declarations in alignment with the Word are powerful ways to combat fear.
The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries overseen by Dr. D. K. Olukoya has some very powerful prayers and prayer points relative to fear on their website.
For copyright reasons, I can not replicate them in this post, but you can access them by clicking the link below.
10 Bible Verses That Remind Us We Do Not Have To Fear
in addition to prayer, meditating on God’s Word is very important to combat fear.
Below are some scriptures that we can meditate on that will help us not to fear.
Be encouraged to read them and say them over and over until they become engrained in your mind and spirit, overpowering and uprooting every contrary thought and force.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
(II Timothy 1:7 – NKJV)
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”
(Psalms 27:1 – NKJV)
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’”
(Isaiah 41:10 – NKJV)
“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah””
(Psalms 46:1-3 – NKJV)
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”
(Psalms 91:1-16 NKJV)
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
(Psalm 23:4 – NKJV)
“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.”
(Psalms 34:4 – NKJV)
“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 in love.”
(1 John 4:18 – NKJV)
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
(John 14:27 – NKJV)
“3 Whenever I am afraid,
I will trust in You.
4 In God (I will praise His word),
In God I have put my trust;
I will not fear.
What can flesh do to me?”
(Psalms 56:3-4 – NKJV)
2020 has rolled in with an amplified bang!
In the midst of the swirling chaos and the threatening angst, the Lord’s message to us is ‘Fear not!”.
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