Overcoming Fear

Fear is not only a psychological condition. Fear is a spirit. We see that from the Word of God.

Fear is not only a psychological condition. Fear is a spirit. We see that from the Word of God.

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

Paul gave this Scripture to Timothy right in the midst of telling him to stir up his spiritual gifts, to testify for Jesus Christ, and to share with Paul in the sufferings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Satan doesn't want you to use your spiritual gifts. He doesn't want you to talk about Jesus, and he wants you to be afraid of the suffering that you may or may not experience if you do talk about Jesus.

Looking around at many Christians, it seems that Satan has succeeded to stop many from moving forward by means of this one evil power alone.

It is estimated that 80% of Christians today are oppressed by a spirit of fear. This can and must be reversed. But Proverbs 11:9 says, "Through knowledge the righteous will be delivered". We need the genuine knowledge of God to be delivered from the Spirit of Fear.

Fear stops people not only in the areas of witnessing and using spiritual gifts. The fear of rejection has hindered people from beginning wonderful relationships. The fear of failure has held many back from beginning wonderful enterprises. The fear of death paralyzes and torments many. There are many other kinds of fear. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but unfortunately, many Christians have received a spirit of fear at some time in their life. They received what the devil was handing out to them. Many times, they received it before they became Christians, and they have not known God well enough to get rid of it since that time.

One thing is clear, no Christian received a spirit of fear from God. In fact, the Bible tells us in 1 John 4:18 that "perfect love casts out fear". The more of the divine love of God that we receive into our lives, the less scope there is for fear to get a grip.

A man was once robbing a bank. In the midst of it, a woman comes up to him and tells him to put the gun down, and give himself up. What gave this woman such tremendous courage? She was the man's mother, and her love for the son overcame that sense of fear.

Fear tends to attract evil upon us, just as faith tends to attract the goodness and blessings of God. Fear is a substance of things we hope won't happen, its almost like a conviction that they will happen. Fear is faith in reverse. But it is faith in the devil, whether we know it or not. God wants Christians to be free of such fear.

There is a fear which is good and clean, which is the fear of the Lord. Many blessings are associated with the healthy fear of the Lord. We are not talking about that kind of fear here. Neither are we talking about the natural healthy fear which would affect us if for example we were to contemplate jumping off a cliff or walking into heavy speeding traffic. We are talking about tormenting fear. This fear is strictly of the devil.

The Remedy

There area number of effective remedies for fear. Someone said, "Do the thing you fear most, and the death of fear is certain." This is good advice when it comes to things like public speaking, if we are afraid of that, or talking to strangers about Jesus. In no case should we bow to fear.

But this kind of advice is not enough. What we actually need is the actual consciousness that God is within us, and around us, and over us. And we need to know who God is. God is greater than the devil. There is no comparison. Jesus said, "I will NEVER leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5, Matthew 28:20). If we are aware of the presence of Jesus with us, we really can't be swallowed up or dominated by fear. Fear cannot control us. Ultimately, it must be driven out, in all its forms.

We've seen before the Scripture that "perfect love drives out fear". But where does this perfect love come from? One thing to be sure of – it doesn't come from ourselves. This perfect love comes from the Lord. God is love and the Spirit of God drives out the spirit of fear. Daily make more room for God in your life. Make room for Him through much prayer, through more meditation on the Word, through verbally praising the Lord with your mouth and with your music.

This is the way King David, a man who faced many dangerous battles, looked at it.

"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?" (Psalm 27:1)

Because David was conscious of the Lord's presence with him, and because he knew God, David did not walk in fear.

To have the full consciousness of the presence of the Lord with us in these days, I believe that we must be baptized in the Holy Spirit and speak with other tongues on a daily basis. For more information on this vital subject, read HERE. As well as that, we need to walk with the Lord in daily submission to his leadings. In this way, we will cultivate the experiential knowledge of the presence of the Lord which will free us from fear and bring us under the influence of the mighty Spirit of the Lord, who will enable us to do great things for God.

In this category there is another article listing more Scriptures which I believe will be helpful for many to consider and meditate upon. By putting these words of God upon your lips, you will begin to defeat the spirit of fear. Remember, you can command it to go, once you have met the general conditions for being delivered, described elsewhere on this website.

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  1. childofjesus says:

    Be Strong And Take Courage
    By Don Moen

    Be strong and take courage
    Do not fear or be dismayed
    For the Lord will go before you
    And His light will show the way

    Be strong and take courage
    Do not fear or be dismayed
    For the one who lives within you
    Will be strong in you today

    Why don’ you give him all of your fears
    Why don’t you let him wipe all of your tears
    He knows, He’s been through pain before
    And He knows all that you’ve been looking for

    So, be strong and take courage
    Do not fear or be dismayed
    For the Lord will go before you
    And His light will show the way

    Be Strong and take courage
    Do not fear or be dismayed
    For the one who lives within you
    Will be strong in you today

    Nothing can take you out of his hand
    Nothing can face you can’t command
    I know that you will always be
    In His love, in His power you will be free!!

    So, be strong and take courage
    Do not fear or be dismayed
    For the Lord will go before you
    And His light will show the way

  2. childofjesus says:

    I know a person who gets disturbing dreams about people (known to her) suiciding or meeting with accidents and also other bad dreams.When she told me about this ‘gift’, i said may be you have got this ‘gift’ so that you can pray for them earnestly.In case of suicide, i also advised her to call them & councel them so that they don’t take this drastic step.However, as she started telling me her other bad dreams, i said ‘these are not from God. You need to pray for yourself that God may deliver you from these dreams. I don’t know how she took my advice cos i don’t hear much from her.She needs our prayers.

    2 Cor. 11:14 -“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”

  3. Jenelleboten says:

    Thank you all very much for your advice. I will try to use it. For the person who asked about my spiritual gift, I do no know when or how I received it honestly. I just know that God has given it to me. I didn’t ask for it, but he gave it to me and I think it was because he knew I was going to need it. I would love to answer more questions and hear more advice. If you want to talk to me personally Private message me by clicking on my name and typing a message me. Thank you. May God bless you like I know He will.

    (edited out the phone number Jenelle, because I did not feel it best to publish it. Blessings to you, Timothy Luke)

  4. Jenelleboten says:

    I would like some advice. I’m a very young Christian, but very devoted and I’ve been a christian for two years now. Lately, demons have been attacking me and messing with me. They do things like..I hear them breathing, they mess with my stereo, they put thoughts and images in my mind. I know how to cast out demons and I understand it. The difficult thing to do is to cast out a demon of fear when I am afraid. Don’t get me wrong, I try. I’ve tries to get them out of my room, but they won’t leave. The demons are only in my room because I know. God has given me the gift of feeling God or Satans presence. What should I do? And why is this happening to me? I am a mere child. I’m only 15 years old. I hope you can give me some good advice. May God bless you.

    • Chris Petersen says:

      Recite [say with your mouth thereby giving your VOICE to the words] Psalm 23

      Then likewise recite “The Lord’s Prayer”

      God Bless you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. A-Men.

      Your Brother and Friend is Christ Jesus, Christopher John Petersen.

    • Holyroller_11 says:

      1st,you have to forget about fear,and know the weakest child of God in the world is more than a match for demons and devils, 2nd when I feel one around me ,I say have a seat big boy.I will not be moved,Jesus and me ,we are more than conquerers,so bring it on.you will find they have bark but no teeth when it comes to the Kings kids.

    • Chris Petersen says:

      For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

      These are the words of our Lord! A-Men.

    • I do wonder if You. Are. Doing things with friends or going places where evil Dwells? Many Christians go places with no knowledge of what they attract or bring home. And with out knowledge we die! You Should Check yourself & make Sure you have not opened any Door to tHe devil or his demons. BuT Perfect Live Does cast out All Fear!!!! So true yet remember not to fear whAt mAn or devils caN Do to you. FeAr ThE One who can cast body & soul into the lake of fire. Remember that God is so Much bigger than the devil And his demons. So set your Heart on. Jesus & Remind satan of his future! AMEN

    • childofjesus says:

      First thing i want to say is that the fear is a powerful tool of the Enemy, however Jesus has defeated him and we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37).Thank God, for He has given you the discernment to know the difference between God’s Presence and the Enemy’s presence, and you know very well what it feels like.
      Our perfect example to deal with these spiritual forces is Jesus Himself.He fought the devil back with the Word of God.So in addition to what Michael has shared with us, i give some more bible verses, which i have taken from this site itself.
      Psalm 4: 8 – I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
      Psalm 91:1-6 – 1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
      will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
      2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
      my God, in whom I trust.”
      3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
      and from the deadly pestilence.
      4 He will cover you with his feathers,
      and under his wings you will find refuge;
      his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
      5 You will not fear the terror of night,
      nor the arrow that flies by day,
      6nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
      nor the plague that destroys at midday.
      Proverb 2:7-8 – 7He holds victory in store for the upright,
      he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
      8 for he guards the course of the just
      and protects the way of his faithful ones.

      If you cannot memorize the above verses then take out the print.Since you feel their presence in your room, what you can do is write down these verse in capital & bold letters and stick them.I tell you the devil cannot sustain the Word of God and they will leave.

      Also if you have any kind occultist material in your room knowingly or unknowingly,then throw it out.And if you have none, then its good.So, Jenelle as you grow in the Lord, i assure that you will come out of every snare of the devil victoriously through JESUS our Saviour.

      • childofjesus says:

        Also you can refer to another article named “Scriptures to defeat fear”.
        Where to find ?
        On right hand side go to ‘Popular pages today’——>Scriptures to defeat fear.If you don’t see it, keep scrolling down, even to previous page.Also you can use ‘search’ box.

    • Timothy Luke says:

      Hi Jenelle,

      Thank you for sharing your battle so openly. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.  You have received a gift, but the fruit of it is not indicating it is of God. I would question whether it is of God first and then go from there, for, if you have bought a lie that this IS of God, when it is not, then you have opened a door that must be acknowledged and dealt with.

       

      Can you share with me exactly when did you first receive this gift? Where were you? At a church? or some other place? Answer that, and we can go from there to discern the origin of the gift, and if it is really an open door.  Thanks, I want you free!

       

      PS – Perfect love will indeed cast out fear, and do not address these things pridefully, for pride is an evil that can magnify the manifestation as well. We do not cast out evil spirits while we ourselves are walking under the influence of evil spirits.

    • lookingforhope2011 says:

      You have already been given some great advice here, but if I may. Another good place to find some comfort is Psalms 23. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear NO EVIL! That is only one verse out of that Psalm. But it has helped me in dire times. Im learning also that the times Jesus doesn’t seem close at all, that it is those times He is closer than ever. He said He would never leave us or forsake us. So if He said it, we need to believe it. No matter what He loves us. And that is something you can count on! Greg

    • Hi Jenelleboten – I run a youth group for my local church and one of the young ladies was seeing demons all the time. She would see demons over her at night whist she was trying to sleep ETC. She informed me that this ‘gift’ was making her worried and she was scared. I advised her to talk to God and to tell Him that this ‘gift’ was making her afraid, i also informed her to give this ‘gift’ back to God and to ask God to turn this around IE: what the devil meant for harm, God will turn it around for good. A few days later i wrang her and she informed me that she had got down on her hands and knees and was crying, sobing and pleading with God to take this ‘gift of vision’ away from her as it was scaring her too much. She said as soon as she had finished praying (talking) to God the ‘gift’ was gone.

      • Timothy Luke says:

        Shaun, "every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of lights, in whom there is no variableness, nor shadow of turning…" Do you believe the Lord gave your friend that gift in the first place, when it was scaring her, or do you think the gift was a trojan horse from the enemy?

        • As you saw everytime that i wrote the word gift i highlighted the word; ‘gift’ – so of course this was a Trojan hourse. Plus i did say ‘what the devil meant for harm’

      • Holyroller_11 says:

        1st timothy you did right by dropping the phone #, 2nd, to whom it may concern,journeying is not praying, as far as God’s gifts,a list of them are in the bible, Jenelle, take your cares to the Lord in prayer,and he will fix it,be careful of advice from me or anyone,if it doesn’t line up with the bible,leave it alone!!!!! your young and many snares are in the world,both christian and sinner,so pray until God answers,remember Jesus is in heaven,the Holy Ghost is in this world and HE will lead you to the right path,God Bless

    • Hi Littleton, some Christians do not pay attention to this but there are spiritual doors that get opened by us or our parents through our own sins example horoscopes, wiji boards or other sins, and sins of the fathers. Go to restoringthefoundations.com for more information. I suffered as you do a little different but the same source . You might have some doors to close. The bible talks about not giving place to the devil it says that for a reason and you might have a place that the devil needs to be shoved off of and Christians can be oppressed. God Bless

    • Hi littleone , you are not alone I suffered as you did a little different but the same source go to http://www.restoringthefoundations.com for the information you need. Sometimes there are open doors in the spirit that need to be closed to the enemy so that they loose ground given them either through your sins or the sins of the father. the bible talks about not giving place to the devil for a reason. God Bless

    • You have to use the word of God. I’ve dealt with fear and am still overcoming it. I remember feeling the spirit of fear in my house. I could feel it with me. I had to learn to speak God’s word. Jesus did it when Satan came to him in the desert. Jesus only replied to the enemy with, “it is written…”

      2 Scriptures I would use and still use are:
      -2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind
      -Luke 10:19 (NLT) Look, I have given you authority over all power of the enenmy…

      I would also cast down the spirit of fear. I would ask for peace and receive it. I would have to keep quoting these scriptures until I no longer felt the fear.

      One revelation God revealed to me, was: the fact that the enemy messes with you or is even real, proves that God’s word is real. And if Satan is even a factor then everything else in the Bible stands true: that Satan is a liar, that he’s defeated, that you have power over him, that you’re more than a conqueror, that Jesus is really with us and so on.

  5. I confess by FAITH in the name of JESUS i am free from all types of fear and its domination in my life. I declare i will live and fulfill all that the LORD has spoken concerning my life in JESUS Mighty Name, Amen.

  6. Jesus_Iz_Lord says:

    God has not given me the spirit of fear but of love, power, and a sound mind. God that is your word and I speak it back to you and I stand on it. I am free from all fear right now in Jesus name.

  7. Caroline Absalom says:

    I truly was encouraged by this article. Thank you and God bless you

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