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Conquering fear

Fear is one of Satan’s most powerful weapons and he uses it as a club to beat down God’s people. Fear paralyzes action, neutralizes faith and discourages the body of Christ. Sometimes fear rushes into our lives as a raging storm. At other times it seeps in like the heavy evening fog, but its devastating effects are the same. If allowed to remain, fear will destroy our faith and nullify our testimony. Three things have sustained me in times of fear.

The Word of God: Reading it over and over, committing it to memory and speaking it out loud have brought great victory in times of fear. God’s Word is more powerful than any fear, no matter what I think, what I want or what I feel. One of my favorite verses is 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (NKJV).

A review of past victories: Often I can remember an exact replica of my present problem. Then I remember how God brought me through. Faith begins to rise up in my heart and fear is cast out. That is why Moses was commanded to write down the great victories that Israel experienced between Egypt and the Promised Land and to pass that record on to their children.

Sharing my fears with mature Christians: Those who have walked down similar paths in life give me a perspective that I could not see on my own. Their encouragement has been one factor in bringing God’s peace into my life. We cannot survive for long without the help of other members of the body of Christ.

Is the presence of fear a sign that we are out of God’s will? No. Sometimes fear causes us to realize our weakness and utter dependency on God. Fear can drive us to intercessory prayer or a time of confession and cleansing. It is when fear takes control and robs us of our joy that it becomes a destructive satanic tool. Jesus gives us victory over fear. May we live in that victory.

Charles Hackett

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