Read 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Now that we know who we are in Christ, let me share a little bit about the nature of fear. There are two parts to fear: what it is, and our responsibility because of it. First, let’s look a little more into exactly what this enemy is. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) tells us that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Did you catch that? Fear is a spirit.
When you give in to this spirit of fear, you fall into sin.
I’m sure you’ve heard it said that the command most often spoken in Scripture is some form of “fear not” or “do not be afraid.” In fact, it’s commanded 365 times in the Bible. Is it a coincidence? I think not. God knew what we humans would be up against and what would trouble us most. And that thing is ‘fear’.
In addition to this, I want to present to you something that you may not have considered before:
Have you thought about the fact that when God places a “do not” before an action, that action is a sin? I asked my daughter about this the other day. I said, “When God says ‘do not’ before a verb, what does that make you think?” She said, “Well, you’d better not do it!” Think about the Ten Commandments, most of which begin with “You shall not.” We all take those very seriously. If that is the case, then why do we not take as seriously the command that appears the most times in the Bible? “Do not fear” is not advice; it’s a command. So now that we see that fear is not an option, how do we deal with it in the right way?
Dear Father, Thank You for revealing exactly what fear is and how the enemy uses it against us. Thank You that we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Amen!