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Overcoming a Spirit of Fear

Faith, CultureJoanna Chipman3 Comments
Overcoming a Spirit of Fear

It's easy to look at the world around us and worry. Actually, though, the world right around me is not in distress. I look out my window and I see people coming and going to work, families out playing on the sidewalk. I can walk to the grocery store and have a friendly conversation with anyone I meet on the way. This is the case for most of us, but we still worry.

Thanks to social media and worldwide news available every millisecond, thoughts of the evil in the world fills our minds constantly. We are not just staying informed of major breaking news, we are reading every update on every website about news on the other side of the globe, fearing for our own well-being. We're being proactive, we declare; we want to be prepared should the same fate befall us as befell the people on the news. And while there is a time and place to prepare yourself, we've crossed a line when we start to worry and let fear dictate our actions.

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

If God has not given us a spirit of fear, then who is it from?

There are indeed many things we can worry and be fearful about. Maybe you don’t have to watch international news to see evil that would strike fear into the boldest of hearts. But this fear, dear friend, is from the devil. Does your fear cause you to trust God more, dwell on His goodness, praise Him for his faithfulness, live in a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind? No, and herein the devil wins a battle.

This doesn’t only apply to our fear about world problems or things we see in the news that don’t directly affect us. This also applies to any situation we may personally find ourselves in where we are tempted to worry and fret. Worried about losing your job? It is not from God. Fearful that friends will leave you? It is not from God. Afraid that your child will be hurt? It is not from God. Whatever the fear in your life, it is not from God.

Overcoming a Spirit of Fear

Becoming a mother has caused me to experience fear in ways I never thought I would. Whenever I think of facing a difficult situation, I can usually muster up the courage and push on through. However, when I think of my children having to face difficult situations, it ties my stomach in knots. When I think of the possibility of my boys waging wars and fighting battles, I become a fearful mess. I have asked God over and over to make this world a better place to raise my children. I have prayed again and again for God to spare my children from harm. I have wrung my hands in despair because it does not appear that my little ones will never know suffering. I feel helpless and afraid. It’s almost as if giving birth to a child in this world is automatically going against your motherly instinct.

But this is not from God.

2 Timothy says that God has given us a spirit of POWER and LOVE and a SOUND MIND. We cannot accept the devil's spirit of fear and defeat, friends! We must overcome! I was recently convicted to apply this to my own fear. I realized that instead of coming up with a hundred reasons to be anxious for my children in this day and age, I needed to count the blessings of being allowed to raise children in a time when they can more boldly proclaim the name of Christ! Why is there fear in this? This is an honor! Hopefully, even more by my example than my words, my children will learn to live boldly for their Savior.

We serve a big God, a God who is able to do more than we ask or think and who fights for us. So why are we so afraid? We are living like ones who do not have hope; we live as though we do not think God is big enough. But you and me, friend, we are new creations. We do have hope. We are filled with power and love and a sound mind. Nothing happens that God is not aware about, and He does all things for your good. Live boldly. Raise your children to live boldly. These are privileges as children of God that you have been given.