Not so long ago, a wise woman of God said, truthfully, that faith and fear cannot co-exist. At the time, I wondered how could that be because fear was one of my greatest challenges, but I fully had faith that God existed and Jesus is Lord. Then later I remembered that, although the power of the Holy Spirit is stronger than fear, God will allow us to choose which spirit we want to be driven by; either the spirit of fear or The Holy Spirit. Therefore, if we choose to allow fear to rule our life choices, faith in God’s Spirit in certain situations, will wane because the fear makes us think that we can’t do it, or that something awful will happen if we go forth in doing it. Contrarily, if we walk in God’s Spirit, our faith pushes out the spirit of fear in a particular circumstance because, although the fear may be present, our faith that God will help us through it will win over it, thus ridding ourselves of the terror.
There are two types of fear: the kind that is a natural caution; allowing us, for example, to stay away or run from impending danger. Then, there is the kind of fear that causes blockage in our lives. This latter kind can cause us to miss out on life by being too afraid to do things like; travel, take a promotion, socialize, learn, love, or believe that we can make a difference in the world in our own special ways. Essentially, fear can cause us to live our lives below the level in which God intended because we are too afraid to act on something, missing out on operating in our purpose.
When we accept Christ into our hearts and do our best to follow His ways, we have access to some wonderful benefits!
“God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
We gain the Power of the Holy Spirit, which helps us to have courage. For The Lord has promised us that He will always be with us where ever we go. There is no power greater than His!
We gain God’s perfect Love. Scripture says,
“No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear…” 1 John 4:18 (GWT)
To be clear, know that nothing we as humans do will ever be perfect, so we alone will never be able to give perfect love without God’s love in us. We can, however, receive & abide in the perfect love of God. Once we fully accept His unconditional & complete love, we are in His perfect love. Within this benefit of love, we can be assured that we have The Lord’s guidance, as our Heavenly Father, helping us to make right decisions in our daily lives. We have His protection in the things that would normally terrify us, and His provision to help us attain the goal He’s set before us.
And, then we are given a Sound Mind, which gives us peace, discretion, & discernment. With these, we are able to calmly make wise, self-disciplined, decisions that we will be at peace with once made.
Understanding and putting these gifts from God into practice in our lives will help us to live fulfilled lives. So, in starting your quest to drive out fear here are just a few things you can do to make use of God’s glorious grace:
As always encouraged, build your relationship with God, through prayer & Bible study. This is a sure way to learn and recognize the Will of The Lord.
Accept, believe, & live in God’s power & perfect love to push out fear by trusting in His promises of love & protection
Pray for, and use, discretion & discernment in all decisions
Frequently remind yourself of the following promises from God to you, especially when you are worried or fearful at any given time. These are just for starters, as God’s Word is rich with His promises.
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)
“This is my command–be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 (NIV)
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6,7 (NLT)