I’ll never forget the day, March 13, 2020. My wife and I were set to leave for a six day cruise when we received emails our flights were cancelled and our cruise would not sail. The world was shutting down. Two years later, we find ourselves still in this world of uncertainty, fear, and negativity. Jesus said in John 16:33 that we can be happy because he already overcame the world.
We are constantly at war with negative images, negative thoughts, and the negative report, so it’s important to fight the good fight of faith. We are in a true battle! Job admitted that the very thing he feared most happened. What is that area, that thing that comes to harass you? Is it getting older? Perhaps the lie of not being able to find a partner, or that your children’s future will pan out positive. Maybe even you have been filled with anxiety over a recent medical diagnosis, so you are constantly checking your readings, researching, and wondering how to get better. These examples are all the negative impacts of fear, which brings torment.
Fear’s birthplace was in Genesis 3. It did not come from God. It was produced when Eve heard something, saw something, felt something, which produced fear causing her to act. You see, fear operates just like faith, functioning as the antithesis in the kingdom of darkness. So then, fear comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of the devil, or the world. Contrary, faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17).
We are told in Scripture, “the just live by faith” Habbakuk 2:4. So the same can be said that, the world shall live by fear. And we’ve seen fear put on display and magnified. Fear always comes to make things appear worse than they really are. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1. No fear is the substance of things unhoped for (what you don’t want) the evidence of things you can see. Faith lives in the unseen. Fear lives in the seen. Faith isn’t moved by circumstances or what it looks, feels, and sounds like, fear does. Fear lives in the past and in the future, focusing on what happened or what “could” happen. Faith lives in the now, and only sees what Jesus has done!
Satan is always trying to make you feel incapable, comparing you to someone else or some time else. He wants to produce insecurity in you, like Eve, causing you to act in fear and take you away from the will of God. So fear is an emotion, and fear is a spirit. We know this because Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 1, “we have the same spirit of faith.” So, if fear is an emotion, you can take authority over it, and since it also is a spirit, you can cast it out. So we take authority over insecurity and we replace the lies of the enemy with the truth of God’s Word. You will not die but live! Your children will serve the Lord. All of your need are met. You will be found! What has been declared over your life shall be seen in your life!
One of the major keys to overcoming fear, in all forms, is that your total trust must completely be in God. Fill yourself up in His word, which will motivate trust in you in what He has done. Proverbs 3:5 in The Passion Translation simply says, “trust in the Lord completely and do not rely on opinion.” Receive today what God says, and turn off anything that doesn’t sound like it. You’ll be able to say then, No Fear!