Are You Struggling with Fear?
Here’s How to Receive Encouragement and Break Free from Fear
Breaking Free from Fear | What is Fear and How Does the Enemy Use it Against You?
Fear is defined as a painful emotion caused by the belief of impending danger. Interestingly enough, fear is defined as a belief. However, biblically speaking, it is the lack of belief that causes fear.
Fear opposes faith and it is a lack of trust in God. It is a spirit that robs your faith and enslaves you in the what-ifs of life.
We must first understand that fear is not from God. We often fight fear with worldly weapons such as drugs and alcohol, anger, and codependency, just to name a few. These methods only create more fear and anxiety within our souls.
Fear is often derived from events in your past. It’s an assumption that those events, or similar circumstances, will arise again. Therefore, you anticipate further destruction.
Fear is a mind game. The things for which we think about is what will come. Job 3:25 says, “For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me.” While trials and tribulations do come, we do not have to let fear take up residence in our minds.
This is a difficult concept for someone who struggles with fear. Ultimately, the enemy wants you to think that fear always accompanies certain events, situations, and circumstances. He wants you to think that outcomes from past troubles will always repeat themselves.
This is a false belief. The spirit of fear is one that can be separated from situations and circumstances by the Word of God.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”—2 Timothy 1:7
How to Break Free from Fear
Step 1: Pray. Start by asking God to reveal to you the source of your fear. Pray for the Holy Spirit to show you how the enemy is using the anticipation of harm against you.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”—James 1:5
Once the Holy Spirit starts to reveal the truth, renounce the spirit of fear. Fear is always cancelled with faith. You can pray, or have another person pray with you, for a breakthrough. However, fear is a spirit that looks for opportunities to come back and rest upon you.
This is why Ephesians 6:16 says, “…above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” The shield of faith is there to protect you from the fiery darts of fear penetrating your mind, will, and emotions. When the darts keep coming, hold the shield of faith firmly in front of you.
Use the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17), to remind you and the enemy that you have salvation and victory in Christ.
Step 2: Click on the resources below. We have provided a list of resources for you to use that will begin unlocking the doors that keep you trapped in the feeling of fear. The Lord wants to free you from this blessing blocker so that you can look forward to the abundant life you have in Christ.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”—John 10:10
Step 3: Write down insights from the resources. As you go through the various resources, write down what God is revealing to you. Journal Bible verses that remind you that God’s Word overcomes all fear. Declare them regularly. Remember, in the consistency lies the victory!
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- Repenting of false beliefs. Fear can seem unavoidable, but the way to break free is by repenting of the false beliefs and declaring the Word of God. The devil wants nothing more than for you to believe that fear will always come and there is no power that can cancel it. God says that His perfect love will drive out fear (1 John 4:18). Therefore, we must be willing to repent of false beliefs about fear and surrender them to God. He is the only power that can cancel it.
- Forgiving others and yourself. Fear can make us blame others, or ourselves, for how we feel. Whatever the source of your fear is, you can still choose to forgive. In fact, forgiveness is the key to freedom. Jesus forgave us, and as a result we are free (John 8:36). Choose to forgive today and allow forgiveness to usher in the faith you need to break free from fear.
- Declaring God’s covenant promises of freedom. Fear robs your faith and traps you in a state of perpetual anxiety. As mentioned earlier, declaring God’s Word, the sword, is the only way rid your life of fear. Fear is a spirit that will not leave unless it is captured and cut off by the sword of the Spirit. Commit to memorizing verses that speak to your specific fears, write them out, and declare them as prayers that resist the evil spirit (James 4:7).
Resources to Help You Break Free from Fear
- Fear Not!— How do we praise the LORD in the depths of our dark cave? Like King David, we have all felt like running and hiding due to our situation. Any situation can lead to fear, anxiety and worry. The LORD has promised that even when we do not understand how, His promise is to prosper us. We can walk in faith that He will, and therefore, we praise His Holy name! Read the Full Article Here…
- He Knows You— Each of us, even those who have never known God, are known by Him. This knowing is far more than a mere list of names, heights, etc.; He knows every like, dislike, fear, joy, what sparks our imagination or anger… and infinitely more. Read the Full Article Here…
- How Do I Deal with My Emotions?— We are called to be salt and light to a broken world. The fruits of the Spirit are often the very opposite of how a struggling world deals with difficult emotions. Jesus Himself was the perfect example of this, as He chose to lay down His life as an act of love toward a hateful and sinful world. Read the Full Article Here…
Words of Encouragement When You Are Fearful
- “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”—2 Timothy 1:7
- “But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine.’”—Isaiah 43:1
- “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”—Luke 12:7
- “The discretion of a man makes him slow to fear, and his glory is to overlook a transgression.”—Proverbs 19:11
- “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.’”—Psalm 91:1-2
- “You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.”—Psalm 91:5-6
From the verses above, you can see how faith in the Lord is required to break free from fear.
Decide today to trade your fear for faith and trust in the Lord!
“So Jesus said to them… ‘for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”—Matthew 17:20
- Don’t forget to check out the resources above. Our mission is to help you grow stronger in the Lord by claiming the inheritance you have as a spiritual descendant of Abraham through Jesus Christ.
- God has given you an abundant life. Isn’t it time you reclaim it? Don’t go through another day feeling fearful. Start filling your mind with the truth and life (Philippians 4:8).
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