It’s great having you back to my blog again. I heard about the story of a young boy who was always afraid of sleeping at night in his bedroom because he was under the impression that a cat was laying under his bed. His parents tried different approaches to help him overcome the hallucination without much success. So one day his parents challenged him to look under his bed to see if there was actually a cat there. Reluctantly, the boy did only for him to discover that there was actually no cat under his bed. It was just something that only exist in his mind. Just like that little boy, we sometimes find ourselves living under the influence of fear. Maybe fear of death, divorce, jail, sickness, debt, job lose, theft, accident, failure, betrayal, or fear of spiritual attacks etc. Whatever it is, fear is very dangerous and there is no minor or big fear. Fear is fear!
So what is the root cause of fear? There are many reasons why people live under fear but the fundamental cause of fear is what Proverb 28:1 says: “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion” (KJV). The wicked here describes people whose ways are not right with God. Is your way right with God? Talking about fleeing. I often feel a deep sense of guilt after doing something wrong as a child. Without my parents mincing words to me, I would sometimes flee the house or hide at the back of the house upon sighting them. This experience describes the life of people that are not in Christ. They often flee when no one runs after them.
At a point in their lives, the Israelite were under the influence of fear because of their enemies. God knew about their fears, so He spoke through prophets like Moses, Gideon, Joshua, David to tell them not to be afraid. Isaiah said, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” Isaiah 41:10 (KJV). Fear is a terrible thing to experience as it has the capacity to destroy your courage, peace, home, dream, talent, career etc. Fear generates rumor, crisis, anxiety, unhealthiness, and it could reinvent situations in negative direction.
Fear is of the devil and it’s a spirit that torments people’s live. Spirits are not fleshy, that is, they cannot be seen with ordinary eyes nor do they have flesh and blood but they exist and controls what happens in the physical world. Ephesians 6:12 throws more light into the levels of spirituals forces wrestling against believers. Once an individual is under the grip of fear, they tend to manifest some of these traits. Such an individual…
• Is often confused and constantly losing their minds, hence they can’t discern what is right. See the story of King Saul in 1 Samuel 28.
• Is often depressed, discouraged, uncomfortable, and walks with head down. See the story of Joshua in Joshua 1.
• Often accept whatever alternatives at his/her disposal, which are not always the best.
• Would sometimes suffer from sleepless night and health-related problems, amongst others.
Fear is not of God and it’s not His will for people to live under its grips. 1 Timothy 2:7 says “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” So is it possible to overcome fear? Yes, it’s possible. To overcome the spirit of fear, here are some things to do.
Don’t Cover Your Sins. Proverb 28:13 says: “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” (KJV). Don’t pretend about it, confess it. Acknowledge it but don’t accept it as one of those life phenomenon that everyone must deal with. No. It’s not God’s will for you to live in fear but to live in power, love, and of a sound mind. So you must be sincere enough with yourself to find out what exactly is making you afraid. Being able to acknowledge that you’re afraid of something is fundamental to overcoming that thing. In fact, it means you’re confronting it headlong.
Don’t Fight It Alone. Evil spirits constantly look out for ways to gain access to people’s life. So if you’re not under the covering of the almighty God, fear could gain access to your life. Don’t fight it alone. The good news is, the name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” Proverb 18:10 (KJV). The righteous here connotes people in right standing with God. Are you in right standing with God or you’re just a church goer or someone who claims to know God but not in Christ. Jesus said “it is finish.” So stop fighting something that has been defeated. Only ask for God’s help and He would help you. Let Jesus Christ take total control of all your fears today!
Listen, Build, and Exhibit Faith. Fear will not go away with mere wishful thinking. It answers to faith, prayer. Faith is the potent weapon for defeating fear and prayer is one way of activating your faith. Fear reminds you of an impending death but faith assures you of life in Christ Jesus. Therefore, stop listening to the lies of the devil and start listening, building, and exhibiting faith. Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God Romans 10:17 (KJV).
Stand and Declare God’s Word. Jesus was confronted three times in Matthew 4 by Satan with series of temptations but He defeated Satan by declaring God’s Word. So say you’re afraid of dying, failing a course, dropping out of school, losing your loved ones, losing your job, or maybe losing your health. Whatever it is. All you need to do is to start declaring God’s Word to quench that fearful thoughts, situations in your life. The Psalmist says in 118:17 “I will not die, but live, And tell of the works of the LORD” (KJV). So stand and keep declaring what God says about that situation.
Control What You Feed On. One major ways by which fear gains access to your life is through what you feed on your mind. If you spend the whole day reading bad news, watching horror movies, listening to negative music and people, or pursuing mundane things, fear will certainly have a foot hole in your life. Your heart absorbs and grows on what you plant in it. If you feed on junks, you’ll get junks. If you feed on positive, inspiring, healthy, godly information, that is what you will get. Friends, what are you feeding on?
In conclusion, it’s important you know that Satan specializes in employing the things you fear to attack you. If you’re expecting bad news instead of good news from your family, school, work, church or whatever, Satan will make sure the worst happen. Job said in Job 3: 25: “For the thing which I greatly feared is come on me, and that which I was afraid of is come to me.” It appears Job was aware and already expecting evils to happen to him and it happened. Friends, don’t ignore that dreadful thoughts, dreams; stand up now and do something about it fast before it becomes a reality.