The Spirit of Fear
The Scripture says, “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). Genuine Christianity do not produce fear. So, how can the believer fight the spirit of fear when it attacks him?
The believer can overcome the spirit of fear by trusting in God. And this trust comes from knowing His character and realizing that He is love (1 John 4:7-12). When the Christian looks at the cross, he can see God’s infinite compassion and mercy in giving His Son to save mankind (John 3:16). There is no greater love than this that someone may lay his life for those that he loves (John 15:13). Knowing this love will inspire complete trust, rest and hope in God’s child.
The beloved disciple wrote, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18). The Lord in Isaiah 41:10 encourages the faithful, “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Therefore, a Christian should not fear and worry about his daily life. Jesus said, “So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31). If the Lord takes notice of the injury or death of a sparrow, how much more must the injury or death of His own sons and daughters mean to Him. Nor should the believer fear about the future and what it may bring for the Lord declares His good will saying, “For I know the plans I have for you… “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Thus, the key factor in fighting and conquering fear is total trust in the Lord. Even in the darkest hour, the Christian may rest in His love and wisdom and say with the Psalmist, “In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 56:11).
In His service,