"The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself."
Most of us, if we are honest have been plagued with some type of fear, at one time or another during our lifetime.
As a child I was afraid of the dark. You know, because in the darkness everything is unknown. I always despised bedtime, as a child. Begging my mother, " please don't turn out the light, please, please, please! " Because, in the darkness, was where the "Boogeyman"lived! Not only the "Boogeyman" lived in the darkness of my room, there was also, the monster under my bed, and the other one that lived in my closet. I was terrified and fearful, as a child. I felt like something was always lurking behind me, following me, and I was convinced that it was going to get me!
Do you remember, ever feeling this way?
Growing up, things did not change very much, even as an adult I still battled fear. I was constantly attacked in many areas of my life, having these symptoms all because of the spirit of fear. I was constantly filled with complexes, being inferior to everything and everyone. I worried about everything, I had the fear of dying, I was tormented by nightmares, I was anxious, I was stressful, I was doubtful, and un-trusting. I was plagued by all of these and many more phobias. My fears were magnified by this strongman!
This was negative fear. Negative fear choked out ALL of God's Love. Fear snatched away my faith, joy, peace, and power. Fear directly opposes God's Word and HIS LOVE.
After all, it started back in the Garden of Eden. It appeared when Adam and Eve sinned.
Genesis 3:10 KJV. "I HEARD THY VOICE IN THE GARDEN AND I WAS AFRAID."
Adam and Eve were disobedient!
A sinner has the right to be fearful. Why? He walks in direct disobedience to God.
To the enemy this is "open season."
I was his target!
There is a real enemy. He is Satan. John 10:10. The THIEF, the Devil, He comes to kill, steal and to destroy.
I believed the devil. all of the lies, he subtly spoke to me. I was a prisoner, paralyzed and weakened, held in chains of bondage, to the spirit of fear. I had nowhere else to turn, so
I began to fill my mind and my heart with the Word of God.
Hebrews 4:12 KJV.
For the Word of God is QUICK and POWERFUL, and SHARPER than any two edged sword, piercing EVEN dividing asunder the SOUL and SnoPIRIT, and the JOINTS and MARROW, and is a DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS AND THE INTENTS OF THE HEART.
I picked up my sword, I started using it! I was rejoicing as I was swinging it, and chopping away at the roots of the tree, I had given life to!
In my hours of studying Gods Word, I have found and received my deliverance from the spirit of fear.
Romans 10:17 KJV. Now FAITH COMETH BY hearing, and hearing by the Word Of God.
It took many day of reading scriptures to encourage myself during my deepest moments of fear. But, GOD IS FAITHFUL! I sing a song, here is a line of its lyrics:
"In my moments of fear, through ever pain, every tear, there's a God who's been faithful to me."
Fear, one time held me as its captive.
I thank God for freedom. Today, I am delivered and totally set free, from the bondage of fear!
I know, of 365 times, (there may be more) that THE WORD of God says "do not fear."
For me, 365 times means, that there is a scripture, ONE scripture for every day of the year! Praise the Lord! I don't have to put up with fear, not for ONE more day!
One of my favorite verses.1 John 4:18 KJV.
"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."
I read the Word. I re-read it, rehearse it, learn it and quote it. I have learned that speaking the Word aloud and directly applying it into and over my life, is it then, things WILL change!
James 4:7 KJV.
SUBMIT YOURSELVES therefore to GOD. RESIST the devil, and he WILL FLEE FROM YOU.
2 Timothy 1:7.
For GOD hath NOT GIVEN US the spirit of fear; but of POWER, and of LOVE and of a SOUND MIND.
The Word of God is filled with solutions to every situation we face!
I recommend reading the Word, daily.