1. Fear has always been a strategy of the enemy. He will throw fear at you to see your reaction. If you buckle, he wins. We know fear is from the devil because the Bible says God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1.7).
2. God has many assurances against fear in his word. For example, Isaiah 43.1 says, “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.’” (ESV)
3. Fear (Greek: phobos) has to do with being frightened or worried that something bad will happen to you. It is caused by something that is scary and causes fright, dread, or terror—caused by an adversary.
4. People fear because of the unknown; because of what they hear; and because of an experience they have gone through or that they have seen others go through. But the Bible says, “Say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.’” (NLT)
5. Though Jobs troubles were caused by the devil, Job opened the door to him by entertaining fear. He said, “What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true.” (Job 3.25 NLT)
6. We close the door to fear with the word of God that builds faith in us. The Bible says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10.17).
7. Fear brings bondage. It makes people slaves to it. Further, it limits the child of God, preventing him from doing what he is supposed to do. But we must be as bold as lions. In spite of the schemes, threats, and tricks of the devil, we must stand in faith and confess the word of God for he is with us and we are more than conquerors.
8. He has told us not to be afraid. Walk in the power and the word of God and you shall live.
God bless you.
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