If you’re not holding on to faith—check yourself; you might be clinging to fear. Faith places you on the Rock; fear dumps you in the rocks. Why would anybody choose to hold on to the very thing that frightens them; the thing that stops their progress; the thing that causes them to doubt God? My guess is for the same reason people repeatedly take harmful drugs; they’re addicted.
Fear’s intended purpose is to keep us from harm or from doing something harmful. But when the devil perverts it, fear becomes a vile tool to control our lives; a way to keep us loaded with burdens. He doesn’t care if our phobias are real or imaginary; as long as the results sway us from God’s plan.
Don’t negate your faith with a “yeah but” fear.
When a person knows the enemy is lying, yet they accept and respond to his illegal suggestions as truth; they are addicted to fear. Not everyone, of course, has this problem, but those who do must realize—something is wrong when unsubstantial worries always cloud their good news with a “yeah but” response. Think: Who benefits if the good news doesn’t come into fruition?
What is the devil up to?
Why is he trying to scare me?
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
(2 Timothy 1:7)
Intervention: Revelation of God’s love.
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. (1 John 4:18)
When fear continuously bombards our thinking, we should examine our relationship with God.
• Do we have a practical understanding of God’s love for us? If not, we can be easily seduced by fear tactics.
• Is our relationship with God strong enough to believe His Word over the devil’s lies? If not, ask Him to identify where the vulnerable areas are, and reveal ways to overcome them.
• The best intervention is to consciously involve the Holy Spirit in every aspect of our lives. What is there to fear when God is with us?
When we have an intimate relationship with God—
We won’t be addicted to fear.
Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever. (Psalm 136:26, NIV)
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