Recognizing Fear For What It Is
When you face a serious disease, financial difficulties, a dangerous situation, or some unexpected problem, immediately a spirit of fear will try to gain a stronghold in your mind. If you fail to take authority over it, it will control and dominate your heart and mind until you are no longer trusting and believing God.
When God gives you a promise and directs you to take a step of faith and act on that promise, a wall of fear will try to block you. God has spoken, “Now is your time!” Now is your time to receive the fulfillment of the promises God has given you — to take hold of God’s promises, that wall of fear must be demolished.
When God directs you to step out in faith on His Word to witness, pray for the sick, or launch out into any area of ministry, a spirit of fear will come against your mind to hinder you from doing the will of God. During the next few days I want to give you five strategies that will help you conquer the obstacle of fear:
Strategy number one: Recognize fear for what it is. Although we are surrounded on every hand by fear, God does not intend for us to live our lives bound, tormented, or oppressed by a spirit of fear. God does not want you to be fearful concerning the circumstances you are facing. He wants you to be set free from every fear that has you bound and to know how to reject and take authority over every fear that tries to gain a stronghold in your life.
You must recognize that fear is a spirit Satan is using to torment, control, dominate, oppress, and bind eight out of ten people today — including born-again Christians. Satan’s objective is to build a wall of fear in your mind…
- To immobilize your faith.
- To stop you from taking possession of God’s promises.
- To cause you to disobey God.
- To stop you from doing the works of God.
- To stop you from operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
You must learn to recognize fear for what it is — sin. Fear is the opposite of faith and God’s Word declares, “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Romans 14:23). At the very root of fear is a lack of trust and unbelief. If you are fearful, you are not trusting God. Trust in God is a bold confidence and total reliance upon Him that He will fulfil His Word.
Fear draws your focus off God and onto your circumstances. When an individual becomes fearful it is because he no longer has his eyes upon the unlimited power of God and is no longer believing and trusting Him to deliver him or meet his needs.
Where is your focus today? On your fears or on your God? Why not confess your fears to Him right now and trust Him to meet your need?
Make this declaration:
I recognize fear for what it is — a sin. It immobilizes my faith, hinders me from possessing God’s promises, causes me to disobey God, and prevents me from doing the works of God and operating in the Gifts of the Spirit. I reject fear!