There's fear and then there's Fear....
Fear. Afraid. Anxious. Anxiety.
It comes to us with various names. The result is the same: Control which leads to Captivity.
Fear. As I listen to people's hearts these days I hear a reoccurring theme: Fear.
Fear of the future economy; fear of possible climate change; fear of health or lack of it; fear of danger to the fam and kiddos....fear!
I am more and more impressed by the fact that the majority of this fear expressed is in the FUTURE: "What if......" "How should I cope if....." "Where do we go if....."
Now, some types of fear are good for us: "Don't cross a busy street." "Keep your hand off of a hot stove" type of fear. However, fear that paralyzes, fear that dominates thinking, fear that taunts and torments is another type of fear. The Living Word of God speaks to this in
2 Timothy 1:7 "For GOD has NOT given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of POWER, LOVE and a SOUND mind."
What are we taught here? That there is more than one source of fear. Here we see that there is a SPIRIT of fear; one sent to us by the enemy of our souls to defeat, deflate and derail us as Christ-Followers. What is the antidote to this SPIRIT of fear? POWER, LOVE and a SOUND mind!
Okay, how does this antidote work?
When our WILL is attacked by fear, we counter-attack with GOD'S POWER!
When our EMOTIONS are attacked by fear, we counter-attack with GOD'S LOVE!
When our MIND is attacked by fear, we counter-attack with GOD'S SOUND (healthy) mind!
Where is the SOURCE of this antidote? THE SPIRIT of the LIVING WORD OF GOD!!
So, my friend, if you're not in the Living Word, open it and GET IT INTO YOUR MIND!
If you are in the Living Word, STAY THERE and PARTNER with the SPIRIT EACH DAY!
We are created to walk from STRENGTH to STRENGTH, not from fear to fear.
Let us be MORE THAN CONQUERERS not weak victims!
In HIS POWER, LOVE and SOUND MIND,