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Everyone experiences fear in differing degrees. Some may simply have niggling concerns that don’t seem to go away, whereas for others fear can be a controlling force in their lives. While fear can often manifest as a result of a sudden fright, shock or a traumatic situation, more often than not fear develops when we begin to worry or become anxious.
There are many fears and concerns that can arise in our lives. The Bible exhorts us however, not to worry or be anxious about anything (Phil 4:6). Worry or anxiety left unchecked will grow like a weed and choke the life from the Word of God, preventing it from growing and bearing fruit in our life. Instead, we need to resist, (oppose, withstand and strive against) any fears or concerns and they will ﬂee from us! This means that the very second that we begin to question God’s truth or become fearful we need to react. We must make the conscious decision at the onset not to allow worry to take root, or entertain any thoughts or any impressions of fear. Don’t ignore these, instead resist and replace them by meditating on God’s Word and reminding yourself of the truth of who you are in Christ and what belongs to you as a believer. That way you will not only grow in the truth, but overcome and walk in victory over fear!
Now that is Living above the Line!
Isn’t it so often true that while we may be hoping for the best, in reality we are actually fearing the worst? While it is not a sign of failure to experience fear as everyone will do so at times, the more attention we give to our fears, the more power they can have over us, and if we don’t know how to overcome those fears they can then easily end up controlling our lives. I have had many instances in my life where I have been consumed by fear. In fact, I used to be a slave to fear. It ruled my life. I now live in victory over fear, but it wasn’t until I learned to overcome that I realised how much fear had bound me.
Fear will never be your friend! Fear, when unchallenged, will cause us to lose sight of who we are in Christ and what we have already inherited as a believer. When this occurs we are deceived into thinking that we are weak and powerless. So while faith enables us to trust in God (His nature, character and power) and act on His Word, fear disables that ability.
Fear will always try to exalt itself in our minds to be greater than the power of God and His Word. If we don’t know how to gain victory over fear, especially in challenging circumstances, we may not be able to exercise authority over the situation to walk in our breakthrough. We therefore need to learn how to recognise, face and replace fear, because fear left unchallenged will not go away on its own.
2 Tim 1:7 (Amp) For God did not give us a spirit of timidity - of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear - but He has given us a spirit of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.
God has not given us a spirit of timidity or fear! He has given us His Spirit of power and authority over all the works and power of the enemy (Luke 10:19). And this includes fear! Therefore, know and act on this truth instead of allowing fear to torment you any longer.
Over the next few posts I will show you how to face and overcome fear!