We all have fears and while fear can be beneficial, warning us of danger, negative fear can cause serious damage to our bodies, soul and spirit. The very thing we fear may just decide to pay us a visit. Stress resulting from worry wreaks havoc on our bodies and mind.
Paul tells us in Romans 8:37 that we are more than conquers, we know we have victory but we can’t run from what scares us. We must not fear. God didn’t give us a spirit of fear but a calm well balance mind and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7). When trouble comes we have the ability to remain stable without worry knowing all the while God will deliver us.
Fear brings torment. The Holy Spirit won’t put us in bondage or fear. That comes from the enemy. God won’t remove the issues we fear but he will give us the strength to live our lives and confront our fears. Where the spirit of God is there is liberty. We must not be in bondage to anything.
Difficulties are often the best thing for us because in the end they bring us closer to God. He will give us strength to go through whatever life presents us. Other times when we choose to continue doing the “stupid stuff” God stands back and permits us experience our problems and fears until we decide to give them to him.
So how do we combat fear?
We have to CONFRONT fear to get rid of it…do it afraid. We need the courage to confront our fears and not run from them. Rely on God to help you stop the strongholds that keep you from doing God’s will.
An important biblical concept is dwelling in PEACE. No peace, no power. We can’t defeat the enemy without it. We have nothing if we don’t have peace.
It’s not what’s on the outside that is important, it’s what on the inside we need to me mindful of. Be careful about THOUGHTS and the words of your mouth. Get in agreement with God’s word. Two can’t walk together unless they agree.
PRAY every morning before getting out of bed, pausing, THANKING and expecting good things. Romans 8.28 – everything comes back to this verse; all things work together for good for those who love God according to his purpose. Form a habit of BELIEVING good things will happen and stop looking for the bad. Whatever we look for we’ll find.
Remember, even in times of trouble we must trust God to make something good out of it. We can still have a positive outlook in a negative situation knowing God has good plan. When something negative happens in our lives we only help the enemy when we fear.
For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for well-being and not for trouble, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
Next week: A Determined Attitude