What about your legacy? Will you stand in the face of fear no matter what form it takes? Or will you allow this wicked spirit to outmaneuver you? We must learn to recognize fear at its onset – and we have to overcome or it will overcome us. Maybe you are like me. Maybe you’ve had some run ins with fear that almost took you out of God’s will. Or maybe you’ve failed to receive God’s promises because fear’s subtle voice caused you to doubt He’d do it for you. Or maybe fear manifests through anger, stress or some other emotion. Make no mistake, fear is at the root of many of our ungodly thoughts and feelings.
So how do we overcome fear? Well, the Bible says God has not given us a spirit of fear, but He has given us three things to combat it. He’s given us power, He has given us His love, and He has given us a sound mind. Here’s what the Lord showed me: We overcome fear with the power of the Holy Ghost. It’s with this power that we resist fear and cause it to flee. Our will power alone is no match for the spirit of fear, but the Spirit of Truth is more than capable throwing fear to the mat and keeping it down for the count. God has given us His power, His authority, His anointing. It’s up to us to use it in the face of fear.
Likewise, God has given us His love. God’s love is perfect. It’s the revelation of this love that casts out fear and its torment. When you begin to feel fear (nobody ever said you wouldn’t feel fear but that doesn’t mean we have to act on it) begin to confess God’s love for you. Remind yourself of God’s perfect love for you and you will trade your anxiety for the peace of God that passes all understanding. Finally, God has given us a sound mind. I like to look at it this way: God has given us the sound mind of Christ. Christ feared nothing. The world has tribulation, but we aren’t supposed to fear. We are supposed to be of good cheer because Christ overcame the world. We have the mind of Christ, and this is the victory that overcomes the world – and the fear that runs rampant through it – our faith.