Christians should never be Fearful when God has made every provision available for you to Live Free from Fear. Because of Fear, people are not able to fully believe in God to enjoy a rich and abundant life in Christ Jesus. It is this lack of Courage that causes people to live weak, defeated, apologetic, live far below their abundant privileges that Jesus had died to give. God needs people who have the courage to represent Him here on earth.
Fear is a dominant emotion of man. In other words, many of man’s actions are as a result of fear. Fear is defined as the expectation or apprehension of evil. Fear creates nervous breakdowns, sleeplessness, depression, oppression, disappointment, anger…etc, and causing many failures, wrong decisions made, and many blessings foregone. It is a hindrance to victorious Christian life.
Fear creeping in, started young, when we were fed with fears by friends and families on spooky & fearful stories and experiences around us. That developed into part and parcel of our subconscious personality as we grew up. Fear can be very subtle. Many times, fear is disguised as prudence, caution, discretion, etc. For example: putting many padlocks to safeguard a door = is it prudence or fear? Fear is not from God. Fear is the lack of confidence in Christ and in the promises of God in the Bible. Fear produces a spirit of timidity, reluctance and hesitation. These are merely devices of Satan, while Fear is the fuel.
Let’s recognize faces of fear in our common human activities:
Finances: Cheating, stealing, hoarding of money => Fear of lack.
Teacher’s anger: Fear of her teaching being ineffective.
Employee’s anger: Fear of being unfairly treated.
Politicians: Fear of people’s adverse opinions.
Housewife: Fear of losing loved ones.
Preacher: Fear of inability to transform good characters.
Children’s tears: Fear for lack of love and protection.
Do you know that a dog barking in anger is a defensive act due to fear? Next time, when someone is angry with you, try to see the fear in their eyes. Instead of getting back with bickering remarks, give love! God commanded us in Philippians 1:28 – In nothing terrified by your adversaries.
Satan became the illegitimate father of mankind through Adam’s high treason in the Garden of Eden. At the fall, Satan cheated Adam’s authority over the spiritual law of righteousness & life on earth and perverted it into the spiritual law of sin and death.
Gen 3:10 Adam said:… I was afraid …After the fall, fear of death became the dominating force in Adam’s life. When the spirit of death took over, Adam died spiritually first; and subsequently the forces of death in the spiritual realm, bring manifestation of aging, sickness, weakness and eventually physical death.
Due to the nature of Satan, he cannot create. All he can do, is just to pervert or make counterfeit of the original creation of God:
- Death was Life perverted.
- Hate was Love perverted.
- Poverty was prosperity perverted.
- Fear is the perversion of Faith.
That is why Faith and Fear are so identical in that they work the same way but with opposite results. (see the picture of a Ruler with 2 different poles)
East & West will never meet. East and West are corresponding but the reverse.
Heb 2:14-15 Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
The scripture tells us that Jesus came to break the power of death, which is the slavery to fear of death. Hence, this tells us that fear produces slavery = bondage.
Rom 8:2 For the law of spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death (in Satan)
The law works both ways: Life or Death. They are corresponding but reversed – same law but opposite meaning. (we can re-write the verse: “For the law of spirit of Death in Satan hath made me bondage to the law of sin and death”).
Knowing this truth will help you: If Satan can come to you with Hate, you know there is Love already available on the other side. If Satan comes to you with Fear, you know there is Faith made available for you, because Fear is merely the counterfeit of Faith. If you were to put faith to work it will always overcome fear. Likewise, Love overcomes Hate, Prosperity overcomes Poverty, strength overcomes weakness, health overcomes illness. The counterfeit is NEVER as powerful as the real thing. God has provided the real good things for us, so just receive them, and Thank Him for His Grace. Eph 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Everything that happens in the world, starts from the Spiritual / Heavenly realms, and when we are blessed in the heavenly realms then indeed we will be blessed in the natural / physical world.
To break the power of death, Jesus absorbed all the curses of the law, both in the spiritual and physical realm. When the price was paid, God breathed the breath of life into Jesus, and the law of Spirit of life was set in motion for mankind. Hence, by receiving Jesus, we receive life and we are made free from the law of sins and death.
Rom 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption (sonship) by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
Before you were born again, your spirit was dead. After you were born again by receiving Jesus as your Lord & Savior, the Spirit of God comes alive into you. This is a new birth in Christ, adopted as children of God. And because the Spirit of God that lives in you is of Perfect Love, fear is no more a natural force to the born again believer. However, a believer can continue to be affected by fear because he / she chooses to receive, acknowledge and entertain the Spirit of Fear. Yes, Fear is a spiritual force, when you apply fear it will work for you. Just like when you apply Faith. Fear is Satan’s source of power against you. To test if what you are going through is being affected by the spirit of fear, simply check whether you are subject to bondage and torment.
Satan perverted the hope of promises of God with fear of failure. He tries to make it look as if, those promises won’t work and the sacrifices of Jesus at the Calvary were not good enough. Fear is a bondage, fear has torment, whenever you feel tormented, it is fear at work. The same as Faith, when you apply faith, it will always work. The counterfeit is not as powerful as the original, faith will always prevail. Faith is activated by walking in agreement with God’s Word. God’s Word has Authority; the name of Jesus will always defeat Satan. God said you are His beloved child; you are the righteousness of God in Christ, and nothing you do / not do can reverse His gift of Righteousness for you. 2Tim 1:7 For God has not given us a Spirit of Fear, but of Power and of Love and of a Sound Mind. Believe and receive this!
A missionary on mission in East Africa, Kenya; told a story of being chased by a spear-wrangling indigenous-preacher man who became in rage over a theft issue. Snared by the fear of man, the missionary ran for his life. He was gripped with intense fear, his soul snared, trapped. Having pierced on his side and running out of breath, he cried out “Help me, Jesus! God help me!” Suddenly, he felt taller and stronger as he turned around pointed his finger at his assailant, he shouted: “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus”. Miraculously, the assailant trembled and dropped his spear.
Like my recent trip from Bangkok, whereby I and my husband walked around the city, proclaiming the Land for Jesus. One night, I dreamed that a demon struck me on the head and I fell on the ground. Hopeless and without strength, I tried to pray but I could not remember any scripture. Desperate, I called the name of “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…”, Upon hearing the name, the demon stumbled and ran off. I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears (Psalms 34:4)
Do you know that there are 365 verses in Bible that promise deliverance from Fear? Because God want us to walk our Christian life Fearlessly and never again in a day shall we be in fear, as we can have 1 verse every day for the year to meditate and claim for our victory. Hallelujah!
Pro 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.
Were you shy to tell someone that Jesus loves him? Actually, when we thought people might think we’re weird or negatively of us, they actually don’t think of anything (they are indifferent). In fact, when prompted by the Holy Spirit, it is always the right time and place to share a Word from God. So, what if we face rejection? We would have planted the Word of God as the seed and in time it will grow and take root. The Lord does not receive glory in anybody for being ashamed of Him or succumbing to the fear of man.
Some people are hesitant to pray for the sick, or to cast out a demon – worry it will not work, what would people say? Or afraid that it will work, what will people do? You are worried about people’s opinion of you. Those people did not die for you, why are you afraid of what they think of you? Jesus died for you; don’t you care about giving Him the glory that is due to Him? Now Say this to yourself: “It is not what man thinks of me; it is what God thinks of me! I am precious in His eyes.”
You have been given all spiritual blessings in Christ. Are these gifts lying dormant in you because you are afraid to exercise these gifts for fear of disapproval by people? Being willing to be used by God boldly is necessary. God cannot use anyone who has no courage to walk in faith.
We have been so trained by Satan to operate in fear and we are totally unaware of it. By giving a thought, a speech and action to it, the force of fear will work to torment and cause bondage (Thinking => saying => acting). But you can disallow it, you can stop it from happening. How? What is the counterfeit of Fear? Romans 10:17 So then Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Faith is developed by meditating in God’s Word, by thinking it, by meditating it and saying it out loud and in no time you will be effortlessly acting on that Word. It is like the muscle, you need to nourish and exercise it regularly. Similarly, Fear also comes by hearing the lies of Satan. Fear is developed by mediating on lies. Worst when you act on your fear – even it is based on lies. The more you mediate on fear, the more it will grow in your life. You will begin to speak of things that have not happened as though they have, and they will happen.
You don’t have to act on Fear, you must learn to deal with fear in its earliest stage, to resist it, cast it out and refuse to give place to it – by proclaiming the name of Jesus, the Word of God, the power of the Holy Spirit.
Let’s Pray…..Daddy God, thank You for your perfect love expressed through the perfect sacrifice of your Son, Jesus Christ. Fear is not of God, in the name of Jesus I break off that spirit of fear from your lives. From now on, you will walk in love and fear has no place in your lives. You shall take no thoughts that God will ever fail you. You shall cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalt itself against the knowledge of God and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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