If there is any one thing that I have seen plague the human race it is fear. I have heard macho men say, “I’m not afraid of anything.” But when I hear them speak I hear the abundance of their heart and they are filled with all kinds of fear.
They have a fear that their wives are cheating on them. Fear they are going to lose their jobs. Fear they are going to die from a cough they have been having and the list is endless.
Louis Edwin Cole had a men’s ministry that was global and he said that fear is just like the same old prostitute showing up in a different dress.
You see many people today who have panic attacks, panic. What is panic? Well if you look back at 911 you saw allot of people begin to panic.
Panic is a sudden overwhelming fear that comes with or without a cause. It can produce hysteria or just irrational behavior and in the case of 911, it can spread quickly to allot of people. But you see the main cause of Fear or Panic or Anxiety is “FEAR”. There is an acronym for Fear and it is this:
We live in a world today that we are daily confronted with things that could cause fear. Fear starts in the mind, our thoughts, what we tell ourselves. Renew your mind when dealing with Fear and you will get victory over Fear, Anxiety or Panic. Let’s look at our source of Truth and that would be the Bible. Listen to what the Word of God says:
2Ti_1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Now there is a spirit of fear that comes upon a person when confronted with things. The devil tries to overpower you, and incapacitate you and control you through Fear. But God is saying here in His Word that the Spirit of Fear does not come from Him. What comes from God is a Spirit of Power, Love, and a Sound Mind.
One of the greatest examples of a spirit of fear taking over someone’s life is found in 1st Kings when Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah telling him that in 24 hours he would be killed. Now here is a prophet of God who tells the King it is not going to rain around here again until I say it’s going to rain again, and it doesn’t, taking the land into a horrible drought. The purpose for this is to show the people the false God they are believing in is a false God.
Then the Lord hides Elijah by a brook for a season for him to have water and the Lord sends ravens to feed him twice a day. Then when that brook dries up he sends him to a widow and sustains him for a year and a half by multiplying a hand full of grain and a little bit of oil in a miraculous way daily.
Well, Randy, I don’t think I believe that God could send ravens to feed a man or that a hand full of grain and a little oil could be multiplied for a year and a half. Well you know that is exactly why to do not receive anything from God and have deliverance over fear, anxiety, and panic because you do not believe in The Way.
You’re so worldly minded that you’re no Heavenly good. Now he, Elijah meets with the king, the soldiers and the people of Israel on Mt. Carmel and he stands against the people of Israel and challenges them with a test. Elijah was sent by God to His people to return them to Him and for them to turn away from a false God they had been worshipping.
So he tells the false prophets to make a sacrifice upon the altar and he would make one and the true God would send fire down from Heaven upon the sacrifice that the Lord found pleasing in His sight signifying who the true God was. Now God sends fire upon Elijah’s sacrifice and the people declare the Lord, He is God. Elijah orders all of the false prophets killed.
Now Elijah prays and the rain begins to pour after not raining for the course of about 3 and 1/2 years. The king goes home and tells his wife Jezebel all that Elijah had done and how he had killed all of her prophets with the sword. Queen Jezebel is infuriated with this and sends her messenger to Elijah to tell him she will kill him at this time tomorrow.
Now if you want to kill someone you just go and kill them. This word was sent to instill fear in Elijah. Now at this bad report, Elijah is filled with fear and runs for his life. In his mind, he told himself that he needed to run because if he did not he was going to die. That was false evidence appearing real. Fear.
Elijah should have know if God shut up the heaven for him for three and a half years at his command, if He had Ravens bring food to him twice a day, if he multiplied a little oil and grain for a year and a half, if he raised the widows son from the dead, if He sent fire from Heaven upon his sacrifice, he should have known that God would NEVER turn him over into the ungodly hands of a woman like Jezebel. But fear gripped him and he ran into the wilderness under a Juniper tree crying I wish I was dead, I’m no better than my fathers.
Here we find out how fear takes over a believers life. First, a bad report comes, then they digest it in the minds. The mind is the battle field where battles are lost or won. That is why God tells us to renew our minds with the Word of God. You then begin to have an image in your mind, your imagination begins to run wild and you see all kinds of things happening and you lose your sound mind and take on a fearful mind.
You lose your peace of mind and you are plagued with thoughts of fear. Why is that? Well, what does the Bible say:
1Jn_4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
This breaks down to a fear of man, which the Bible says will be a snare to a person. When perfect love is developed in you, you begin to trust God, you do not fear death or what man can do to you. You are not afraid of death or the judgment day because you are made perfect in God’s love.
Perfect love cast out all fear. When a person is made perfect in love you lose the fear of death, poverty, being alone, the boogie man, people breaking in and robbing you are raping you, you’re not plagued by thoughts at night that keep you from sleep because through God’s Word you find out that God loves you, will never leave you or forsake you, will keep his promises, that His word will never come back empty but will accomplish what it was sent forth to do.
When you are feeling thoughts of panic, fear, anxiety if you do not know the truth of God’s Word you will continue to be in bondage to a spirit of fear and will live your whole life like that. But when you study, meditate, memorize the Word of God and get in in your mind and heart you will chase off those demonic, depressive, oppressive thoughts that the devil wants to incapacitate you with:
2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Php_4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
The truth of the matter friend, you just have to get your mind right. You going to need God, His Spirit, His Word and others to bring about that change in your life. God bless you today, be made perfect in His wonderful love.