Others experience specific fears that they have not yet overcome. This week I'll help you understand the principles that will enable you to conquer any fear you may be tormented by. Understanding fear and how it operates is the first step to overcoming it.
I. What we need to know about fear in order to over come it.
1. Fear came as a result of the fall.
Prior to the fall of man, there was perfect communion with the Lord and Adam and Eve lived without fear. The first mention of fear came only after they disobeyed the Lord and ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
The fall brought about a host of problems. One of those problems was fear. Fear is the opposite of faith. Fear is really similar to faith in that it is faith in what is negative and demonic. Man was God centered, God focused and in perfect communion with God prior to the fall. There was absolutely no reason for man to have fear in paradise. After the fall sin alienated man from God. There was not that perfect communion and confidence that permeated their hearts in the garden. They were afraid: And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?" So he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself." (Gen. 3:8-10).
If fear came from the fall, fear can be overcome by being restored to the Lord and living by faith in Him.
Jesus came to reverse the curse. Fear is a part of the curse. We don't have to live in fear if we have Jesus in our hearts.
2. Fears are irrational.
Most fears are irrational. Of course some fears are natural fears that act as a warning to keep us from killing ourselves. Such as when we are standing next to a cliff. But for the most part fears don't even make sense. I can remember as a six year old child being afraid of an older kid because he could put his hand in his pocket and supposedly grow a claw. He told me he could turn into a lion and kill me. Later I found out that he couldn't grow a claw or turn into a lion. He was just putting his hand in his pocket and putting on a guitar pick. Most fears are like that guitar pick. Once we bring the truth to bear on them they dissipate.
Just think of all the phobias that exist. Most of them don't make sense. Some are down right crazy. For instance, Agoraphobia is fear of public places. Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. Cherophobia is the fear of gaiety. Christophobia is the fear of Christianity, and Homilophobia is the fear of sermons. I'm sure the last two were inspired by the devil.
3. Fears are rooted in doubt and unbelief.
Whenever we are truly trusting God we don't fear. Fear is present because we do not fully trust the Lord. One of the ways to overcome fear is to Face it, Replace it (with faith through the Word) and that will erase it. Fear is a big bully always intimidating its victim. It is tormenting and brings great pain. ( I Jn. 4:18) It weakens its hosts and renders them helpless. Fear dishonors God and lowers us.
Isn't it time that you overcome fear?
I'll give you the first step this week and next week I'll conclude this teaching.
Step 1. Decide you are not going to give into fear. Instead decide to trust God.
Fear may come but you can immediately say, "no way, I'm not going to give in to fear, I'm going to trust God, I will not fear." This the first step to reverse fear. A quality decision like that can go a long way to helping you conquer any
The Psalmist said, Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?
How To Overcome Fear II
Fear is one of the greatest tormentors of mankind. That is why the enemy uses "terrorism." A person who cannot be intimidated cannot be controlled. Since fear is the opposite of faith. Believers should never be ruled by fear. Last week I gave you the first three steps on overcoming fear. Here are the rest of the steps in overcoming this enemy of the soul.
IV. Remember that God is with you.
When we face a potentially frightening situation, we need to remember who is with us and look to Him. People who have been born of God's Spirit have the Holy Spirit living inside of them. The Lord is always with them. There is no need to fear when the Lord is with you. I read a little story about a six year old girl who had to go to the Doctor to be vaccinated. The Doctor pulled out a syringe with a long needle. The little girl had a frightful look on her face when she saw the needle. About that time her dad said "honey, look at Daddy." She fixed her eyes on Daddy and he held her hand as the Doctor stuck her other arm. After the shot was over she said, "Daddy, I looked at you and I wasn't afraid anymore. I didn't feel a thing because you were with me holding my hand." When we look to our Father and realize that He is with us, touching us by His Spirit, It takes the fear away.
Isaiah 41:10 says, "Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
When I was a missionary to the Navajo Indians, I was going door to door out on the Indian reservation. I drove up to one place and all was quiet. I got out of the car and started up a long dirt pathway toward the front door of the house. As I got closer to the house, three viscious dogs came from around the house headed right for me. The hair was standing up on their backs they were barking. All of a sudden the anointing came upon me and I said, "In the Name of Jesus". The dogs stopped about six feet in front of me. They kept barking and growling and gnashing their teeth at me. I commanded, "In the name of Jesus get out of here." They started backing up. No one was home, so I got back in my vehicle. The Lord was with me that day. I'm certain those big dogs would have attacked me without the Lord.
V. Remember that God is for you.
God is always for His children. He is not against us. He might be against our behavior if it is ungodly, but He is still for us. He favors us and wants tohelp us out of whatever situation we may find ourselves in.
Ps. 118: 6 "The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"
Heb. 13:6 "For He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.' So, we may boldly say: The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me. ?"
VI. Build your faith.
"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Ro. 10:17). Our faith level is not always at its optimum. Just as your gas tank is fuller at some times than others, when we're in the Word and praying, our faith level is higher than when we get low on the Word and prayer power. The Word of God has faith building power. Just as good quality food builds the body, so also does the Word of God, which is the manna from heaven, build us up in our Spirit man. Faith is in the spirit. When your spirit is strong so are you.
The Word of God keeps us continually reminded of the promises of God,
the protection of God and the power of God. It is impossible for a true believer to be in the Word of God continually and at the same time allow fear to dominate them. Tap into the Faith building power of the Word.
VII. Take authority over fear.
II Tim. 1:7 says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind." Rise up and rebuke the spirit of fear and cast it out of your presence. You have authority over fear. Use your authority.
Dr. Darrell Ellis
Anointed Word International Fellowship