By Pastor Isaac Segun-Abugan
OVERCOMING THE SPIRIT OF FEAR
Fear is not from God, it is from the devil. The solution to the menace of fear is not in the hands of medical or mental health professionals. The solution lies in the power in God’s Word.
Fear is not a psychological problem, and neither is it a problem of emotion. Fear is a spirit. It is a spiritual attack against your mind to frustrate the fulfillment of your destiny.
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.
The bondage of fear can be for a lifetime if someone is not delivered. Fear imprisons its victim within himself or herself. That is why many people may go to their graves with their fears.
Hebrews 2:14-15 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Fear is a satanic instrument of warfare to disarm the unsuspecting believer. It does not originate from the negative things you see or hear. Those things are Satan’s decoys to belittle its true intents.
Ephesians 6:11 Put on God's whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.
Why in the Mind?
Your mind is the battleground where the fight between faith and fear is fought. Nothing gets accomplished in God without faith. So, Satan’s strategy is to gain control of your mind so that your spiritual fight can become an effort in futility.
1 Corinthians 9:26 therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus, I fight: not as one who beats the air.
The spirit of fear is not running away from spiders or animals you don’t like. It is deeper than that. You only can’t stand them. It is a battle of the mind. It is a siege of the enemy against your mind where the battleground of faith will be fought and won.
Fear is a seed of corruption of the mind, but the renewal of the mind is the solution to a troubled life.
1 Corinthians 2:16 for “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
The difference between Faith and Fear
Fear is the opposite of faith. Fear is a spirit; so its root is in hell.
It is impossible to receive anything from God without faith. It is also impossible to triumph in spiritual battle without faith.
Fear is tormenting
1 John 4:18 there is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
Fear is an oppression of the devil to torment the life of its victims. It is a secret weapon of your enemy to dispossess you in spiritual conflict.
It is impossible to live the lifestyle of faith if you are living in the bondage of fear. You cannot excel in spiritual warfare living in fear.
Proverbs 23:7 for as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
Think about it:
- The life you live is an expression of how you think.
- You cannot think defeat and expect to be victorious.
- You cannot think poverty and expect prosperity.
- You cannot think sickness and expect divine health.
Fear is the root of every behavioral sickness because it attacks the mind. The deliverance from the assaults of fear against your life is in the word of God.
Depression and Anxiety – These are two most easily self-diagnosed mental illnesses.
Depression is one of the end results of the spirit of fear. It is what the Bible called the spirit of heaviness in Isaiah 61 verse 3. The truth is that there is no medication to heal any sickness of the mind.
Fear is a spiritual attack, so the solution is not in natural or medical prescription or treatments; those prescription medicines only elevate or boost the moods but, they do not exterminate depression. The deliverance and healing only come from the Word of God.
Hebrews 4:12 for the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart
No doctor can perform a surgery on your mind or emotion, but the Word of God can. You can be free if you will allow the Word of God to prevail in your heart. In the precious name of Jesus, your deliverance is now. You are finally free. Jesus is Lord.
Confession of Faith Over the Spirit of Fear
I believe beyond any doubt that as you declare your faith in the power of God’s word, you will begin to experience total victory over the spirit of fear in all areas of your life. Below are four powerful scriptures over the fear of death, the fear of poverty, sleepless nights and the fear of recovery from sickness that cannot be resisted by the devil. Remember, faith is what you do with what you know from God’s word. Faith is the application of biblical truths.
Psalms 27:1 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?
Psalms 3:6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.
Psalms 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear, what can man do to me?
Psalms 91:5 you shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’