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Jesus didn’t walk in fear.  And if his life abides in us, we cannot walk in fear either.  When we are rightly connected to Jesus, fear should flee from our hearts. There are many understandings of the “spirit of fear.”  Some scholars believe it could be referring to demonic agencies or foes who want to destroy people - demonic hordes who possessed and oppressed people in Jesus’s day.  They are still at work over 2,000 years later. Some Christians connect this “spirit of fear” to what Paul was warning Christians about in Ephesians 6:12 - that we are not warring against flesh and blood, but against the powers and principalities of the darkness. What does this mean?  It means our war is not against people who are angry, people who are fearful, and people who hate.  Our war is against the enemy himself who is behind the scenes giving people emotions - of fear, hate, and anger - who act on their feelings to do Satan’s bidding. We need to realize that the enemy of our soul is the one who we are really fighting against.  His demonic agencies that are trying to kill, steal, and destroy - they are our true enemies. These demons, overseen by the evil one, work tirelessly to weaken and discourage us through a number of schemes.  COVID-19.  Racism.  Murder.  Hatred.  Strife.  All of these are from the enemy to create fear and anxiety in God’s people. That’s why Christians must be ready for spiritual warfare.  You can’t fight a rattlesnake with a water gun.  Nor can you fight a spiritual enemy with carnal weapons.  More is needed.  God’s power must be used. You must use prayer.  Faith.  Worship.  Fasting.  Casting all your cares on the loving Father in heaven. That’s how Jesus dealt with the demons, and so must we. Over the next few days, we will explore more in-depth the reality of spiritual warfare and the spiritual weaponry we must use to do battle.  To thwart evil.  To win the war. And to finally and forever defeat the spirit of fear.

  • David Chadwick

Overcoming a Spirit of Fear Followers of Jesus have no reason to possess a spirit of fear. What exactly does “spirit of fear” mean (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV)?  Several suggestions have been given by scholars. Some suggest the word “spirit,” pneuma in the Greek text, can be translated “attitude.”  That is, God never gives his people an attitude of fear.  It cannot come from him.  We have a “sound mind,” a mind whose thoughts are focused on faith in Jesus, not fear. Therefore, fear should never consume the believer’s thought life.  Rather, the Christian’s mind must take every thought captive and make it obedient to the truth of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). The Greek word translated “fear” in 2 Timothy 1:7 can also be translated “cowardice” and “timidity.”  It can refer to someone who flees from a battle.   Conversely, when one is walking close to God, boldness consumes the heart.  “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1).  God promised the Israelites that when he was present, one of them would cause 1,000 to flee (Deuteronomy 32:30).  God’s power in us claims victory over fear. God wants his children to walk in bold faith.  In power.  In confidence.  His presence drives out all fear, cowardice, and timidity and replaces it with love, power, and a sound mind. With Jesus’s presence in us and our minds set on him, victory is ours. And we overcome a spirit of fear.

  • David Chadwick

Fear does not come from God (2 Timothy 1:7).  Rather, he wants his people to enjoy lives free of fear and full of peace.  Power, love, and self-control should describe the life of a believer.  Fear should not. The great thief, Satan, came to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10).  He wants nothing more than for a child of God to feel powerless and helpless.  To experience worry and fear. Jesus didn’t walk in fear.  His union life with his Father allowed him to face any situation in perfect faith, knowing his life was in his Father’s hands.  His life was filled with the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit.  This same Spirit is available to us as well. Once we receive God’s gift of salvation, Jesus is in us, and we are in him.  When we are rightly connected to Jesus, the Holy Spirit fills our hearts and fear should flee.  If we are joined to Jesus as a branch is to a vine, anxiety must be replaced with Jesus’s life-giving faith (John 15:5). How can we walk in fear if Jesus abides in us?  We can’t.  Followers of Jesus have no reason to possess a fearful spirit.  Instead, we use hisstrength – given to us through his resurrection power –  to live in complete victory and freedom as he did.  Jesus walked in trust.  In love.  Power.  And a sound mind. And so should we.