Happy Wednesday, friends! Today you get a lighter day (big, deep breath!). From here on out, we are going to arm ourselves with three powerful weapons in combatting fear which I believe will be very useful for you.
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Now for today’s post…
We’ve been talking about the deadly “I can’t” mindset and we’ve developed some tools to combat this mindset by replacing it with “I will.” Today I’d like to dig a little bit deeper because often, fear is behind our “I can’t.”
Fear is an enemy.
The Scripture is jam-packed full of the words, “Do not be afraid!” God does not want us listening to fear or believing its lies.
We also see in Scripture the enemies of God employing fear to try to bully God’s people.
Today our goal is to face our fears and learn how to gain victory over them. Let’s take an in-depth look at II Timothy 1:7 which says, “God has not given us the spirit of fearfulness, but of power and love and a sound judgment.” (HCSB)
This one little Scripture lists three very specific weapons God has given us to combat fear. I believe these weapons reveal much about the nature of fear and the three main areas it cripples us.
Our weapons against fear are power, love, and a sound mind. Keeping these in mind, let’s briefly look at how fear attacks us.
First, fear aims to render us powerless. It wants us to believe we are not enough and we just don’t have what it takes. Its goal is to disengage us from action by making us think we- or our situation- are helpless. To combat this type of fear, God has given us the weapon of power.
Secondly, fear comes along and makes us doubt God’s love. It wants us to doubt the sufficiency and steadfastness of God’s love. It makes us doubt God’s intentions toward us. It causes us to worry if we’ve sinned too much for His grace to cover. God gives the weapon of love to combat this second type of fear.
Lastly, fear comes in the form of mental confusion. It can be a vague fog in our minds that clouds our perception and ability to think clearly. Fear can also be the ever-present anxiety just beyond our consciousness. The weapon God gives for a mind haunted by fear is a sound mind.
Over the next three days, we are going to look at each of these weapons and learn to appropriate them. To wrap today up, let’s think through fear and how it tends to capture you.
Where does fear tend to creep into your heart? See if you can categorize your fears into one of the three areas we’ve discussed. Is there one area that you cave in to fear more than the others?
Jot down any thoughts you have and join in tomorrow for a closer look at our first weapon: power!
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