Spirit of Faith vs Spirit of Fear – Part II

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) 7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
1 John 4:18 (KJV) 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.

As you can see, fear is not from God. It’s from the devil, the enemy of God’s people. He’s out to steal, kill, and destroy and the battlefield is in our minds. That’s why we are to renew our minds to God’s Word and cast down imaginations and thoughts that come against us from the enemy.

2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV)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;

We are not to entertain fear, doubt, and unbelief. We are to take immediate action against these things before they take root. The longer you dwell on the negative things, the more of a foothold the devil gets and then you really have a problem. And like Barney Fife says, “Nip it, nip it, nip it!”

Worry is fear and it will paralyze your faith! The amount of operative faith in you is directly proportional to the amount of worry: lots of worry = little faith. Worry is deadly because it is fear-based and it will negate and cancel your faith because it means you’re not trusting God.

So what do you do about worry? You stop feeding it with negative thoughts and replace it with the promises of God. Bind the worry thoughts and command them to leave in the Name of Jesus. You can’t worry about the problem and meditate on the promises of God at the same time. Starve the worry and feed your faith!

Every thought that comes to our minds is not from God. So how do we know which ones are from God and which are from the enemy? The key is to recognize whether or not they line up with God’s Word. Do they agree with what God has said in His Word or are they filled with fear, doubt, and unbelief?

As I’ve said many times, the way you know this is by getting God’s Word into you so that you can discern the truth.

Continued next time — Pamela

Author: Pamela Moyle

Pamela is a teacher, author, and life-long student of the Word of God, teaching foundational truths to help others walk by faith and not by sight!

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