Fear

Fear is a dominating and debilitating emotion of the soul which is spawned in the mind of the human soul only by those thoughts generated outside the protective life giving, peaceful and inspirational sphere of Christís love. Our spirit does not experience fear because it has been made perfect in Christ.

ROM:8:15 For ye have not received (In your spirit) the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

 2 TI 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

HBR 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

 HBR 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord [is] my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

1JO 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

REV 2: 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast [some] of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. (This was spoken of the suffering church of Smyrna which received no reprimand)

If not in spirit, however, every Christian experiences the emotion of fear in the unsanctified areas of our mind. Although our spirit has no fear, our soul has not yet been fully sanctified. Fear is the negative emotion that accompanies having to step into the uncharted territory of these unsanctified areas of our thought life. The mind is a battlefield and when we are forced to face up to the changing circumstances of the world around us, we are also forced to face up to wrong ways of thinking. Some ingrained in our mind since birth. A perceived loss of control is then triggered, causing fear. Never mind whether the perceived loss of control is real or not. The fear, we feel, sure makes our perception of the loss seem real, thus triggering  the very real feeling of fear. But it is just a feeling.

Actually, for a Christian, F.E.A.R. is simply "False Evidence Appearing Real" and is rooted in nothing more than unbelief or a lack of knowledge about what the bible says. Ouch! That hurts our pride to hear me make a statement like that. The truth can hurt but it also sets us free. Phl. 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". Does "All things" include overcoming fear? No doubt, it does.

We can choose to deal with fear two ways. The first and most common way for Christians is to rely on the limited resources of self or others stronger than ourselves (parents, pastors, teachers, friends, spouses, the government, etc.) and that will sometimes bring limited temporary relief, or we can choose to utterly destroy fear by applying the word of God to whatever we fear. 

Do this when fear comes. Memorize the scriptures above and apply them to every area of your thought life where fear resides. Next, if you have yielded to the anointing of the Holy Spirit, ask him to tell you what physical steps to take, to overcome the fear you are feeling. He actually speaks to Christians through our thoughts, not in an audible voice, but in a soothing, calming way which brings peace to our mind instead of torment. The more one listens to His voice, the more it can be recognized. When we do what He tells us to do, we become empowered by God to produce life giving results. Once, as a soldier, I applied what I am telling you to do here, and He rescued me and six other men, facing off against a force of hundreds of enemy soldiers. Not one man got a scratch. Had I not first listened, and then heeded what the Holy Spirit was telling me, although it made absolutely no sense to my natural thought processes, myself and the other six men would have been killed.

God equips us to handle all fear with what I call the hammer and the anvil. The knowledge of who we are (as a born again believer) in Christ, is the hammer and the knowledge of who God is, as revealed in His word, is the solid unmovable anvil. The knowledgeable use of these two great truths crush fear but to gain a steadfast knowledge of who we are in Christ, it is important that we first understand how we are made, that is, with a spirit, a body and a soul. I find it to be very hard to understand many New Testament scriptures pertaining to who I am in Christ without, first, understanding the tri-fold nature of myself.  

Remember, fear that is not dealt with quickly can become a very deep rooted cancer which will bury itself in the subconscious mind. At that point, it often, if not always, attracts a shield of pride, which can then make fear harder to deal with or even recognize. This is why we must not only read and memorize the scriptures above, but we must mediate on them until they become a part of our subconscious belief system. Then and only then will our most deep rooted fears be exposed and eradicated.

 

Hbr4:12

For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Here is one last thought. I hear so many Christians say, "I know God is in control". No, God is not in control or you wouldn't feel the way you do! He was in control of everything at one time but He gave that control to mankind a long time ago. (Gen. 1:26) If God was in control, do you really think the world would be in the mess it is in today? If God was in control of your life do you really think that you would feel the way you do some times? God only controls the portions of our lives that we are willing to allow him to control because he gave away control of everything pertaining to the earth a long time ago or else his prophet would have been lying when he said in Psa. 115: 16, "The heavens are The Lord's, but the earth he has given to the children of men". The word "earth" here also includes everything in the earth, including you, and everything you choose to do, like who you pick as a spouse, your employment, your friends, your community associations and politics, your schooling, how you raise your children and yes, even which child you are going to allow to live or die in the womb. If you don't remember anything else I say, remember this. God only takes back control of the parts of our lives, which we are willing to turn over to Him here on earth. There will be a reckoning at another time but not now. I am not talking about that judgment. I am talking about the here and now and the shared dominion granted to us by God which we share with other human beings who are often very wicked people and sometimes these wicked people force others to do things against their will, when they have the power to do so. Older people sometimes abuse children whom they can easily control. Powerful people in government often abuse the human rights of other not so powerful people. God does not condone this behavior but he will not go back on his promise when He gave mankind total supremacy over his actions her on earth, to do good. He has put mankind in charge and it is up to mankind to choose good over evil. However, we Christians have a hope that the world does not have. We do not have to depend on fallen man to do the right thing. We have the Spirit of God living within us to show us what to do if we will only start depending on Him instead of ourselves and other people. The only way out of the messes of this world is to turn over every situation in our life to the Holy Spirit for His instructions on how to deal with each and every circumstance. Here is just one example in my own life.

I love my wife but I do not seek to please her. Now I know many people think that is a strange thing to say but it is true. Instead, I seek to please God and only God in my relationship with my wife. I do this because the bible tells me not to be a man pleaser. (Eph. 6:6) Next, how do I do this? Simple. I do it by listening to the Holy Spirit's advice on how to relate to my wife. I do not just jump and do something because she wants me to do it. The Holy Spirit has to confirm the course of action first. Many times, however, by doing it the way the Holy Spirit says "Do it", instead of the way she wants it done, the results turn out to be much more satisfying to her and me in the long run, if not at first. Fear is an indication that we are looking at handling a situation man's way instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to show us his way. Doing things our way in an untested situation evokes fear and at the  end a sense of hopelessness. His way brings peace, joy and a greater sense of love for Him and others. The next time you experience fear, let that be your warning that you are trying to handle things your way or on the advise of others. If fear is present, just stop and listen to the Holy Spirit until you hear from Him and then do what He says do. You will be amazed at the results. Know why? Because you are giving back to God what was His in the first place, CONTROL!