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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Your Weapons to Defeat Fear


The moment fear grabs you, it wrecks havoc in your life. It convinces you that God is not going to take care of the concerns of your heart. Fear states that your children will not return to God. It tells you that those you love are doomed. Fear informs you that your life is always going to be the same, and that God will not rescue you. Fear convinces you that you can't hear God. It fills your heart with dread that your financial loss will starve you. Fear makes you believe that your broken family will never be restored. The list can be endless, but it doesn't have to be. That list can be empty. 

God has not given you a spirit of fear, but He has given you a spirit of power, love, and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7). Both faith and fear are an rock-solid beliefs, and are controlled by totally opposite spiritual forces. Faith is the result of surrender of your will to God's will. Your thoughts are under His control. Fear is controlled by the enemy. Your mind is filled with thoughts you can't control. Faith believes that God will always do the best for His children. Fear believes He never will. But God has given you powerful weapons to fight your fear. He has given you love, power, and self-control.

Your weapon of love:“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18, NIV). There is no room for fear in your life when His love has been perfected in you.

Your weapon of power: “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to  stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world,  and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor  so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil” (Ephesians 6:10-13, NLT). The armor waits to be used. But you have to put each piece on–His truth, His righteousness, faith, readiness to share His gospel of peace, and the Word (Ephesians 6:14-17). With these growing in strength, your armor will be effective, and you will not lack in anything (2 Peter 1:8, James 1:4).

Your weapon of self-control: “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). With the power of the Holy Spirit, you can take each thought captive. The lies of the enemy can find no resting place in your mind when the God's truth is known and lived.

The weapons to destroy fear are His Love, His power, and self-control. Without these alive, exercised, and applied in your life, you cannot defeat fear. But with these weapons growing stronger each day, you can walk in faith free from the bondage of fear. Fear is not meant to be master over you. Learn your weapons and allow God to do what you can never do alone... to set you free.

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