Identify and remove fear

Fear is a tight grip the enemy attempts to put on us, in order to bind our mind and make us unfruitful and unproductive for the Kingdom.   As fear grips us it causes us to think in a direction that our mind should not be focused.  In order to break fear off of our lives, we must first recognize the components of fear.

 

Here are some of the ways we may respond to fear:

  • Makes us numb.
  • Prevents us from doing what the Lord wants.
  • Distracts us.
  • Prevents us from speaking about our faith.
  • Prevents us from sleeping at night.
  • Makes us think we are sick and are going to die.

 

Fear encompasses and binds us into thinking about what we fear.  Fear pulls our mind and thoughts into thinking about the past or what could happen.  Fear is torment.  It is difficult when fear manifests to get your mind thinking in a positive direction and thinking on the things of God.

The root cause of fear ultimately is a lying spirit making you believe any of, but not limited to the following:

 

  • You are going to get attacked being alone in a dark place.
  • You are going to get in an accident if you turn down that road.
  • You aren’t going to have enough money to pay rent.
  • Your child, spouse or friend is lying to you.
  • There is someone in your house.

 

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:3-5).

 

We can take our thoughts captive and conquer those lying spirits; the problem is that most often we don’t.  When our mind gets captured and we start thinking things that are contrary to the word of God is when you should get up and get busy.  Don’t sit and think and rot and stink.  Get up and take authority over the attack!

 

I believe we can be delivered from all types of fear.  “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind,” (2 Tim. 1:7).

 

Here are some of the fears people experience:

 

  • Heights.
  • Spouse being unfaithful.
  • Bridges or water.
  • Spiders or snakes.
  • Being alone.
  • Darkness.
  • Hearing noises in the house.
  • Death for themselves or a loved one.
  • Nightmares.
  • Losing a job.

 

We don’t have to be afraid!  There are many different ways fear can enter:

  • Generational Curse.
  • Soul tie to a person you are in relationship with.
  • Near death experience such as drowning or a situation where you almost died.
  • Trauma – An emotional and/or physical experience that was very traumatic or life changing.
  • Accidents – any kind of motor vehicle accident.

 

Any of these incidents when not properly healed can lead us to be afraid of the thing the incident was related.  Think of what you fear, and why you fear it, and ask the Holy Spirit to come in and heal the trauma related to that fear.

Fear is bondage and we all need to be released from that bondage no matter how simple or severe.  We can live in freedom.  Jesus came to set the captives free.  If you don’t think you live in fear, what is your first reaction to any of the following situations:

 

  • Your credit card statement arrives in the mail.
  • Your spouse says, “I need to talk to you in private.”
  • Your boss says, “Can I talk to you after work?”
  • There is a snow storm coming or a tornado watch.
  • You hear sirens go off and your teenager just left the house 5 minutes before.
  • You see your spouse becoming close with someone of the opposite sex.
  • You react negatively when something on your body hurts or is malfunctioning.

 

Instead of reacting in the negative, we need to react in the positive.  We need to trust God will provide all our needs.

The word of God says, “Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident,” (Ps. 27:3).  It says, “In this I will be confident.”  Yes, something may rise against us, but we will not fear and we will be confident.

 

Our fear can come from people.  We can have fear of not being accepted or fear of rejection.  Fear that people are going to hurt us, not like our ideas or what we believe in.  Our fear can come from what another person might think.  We spend too much time wondering what other people think and in return it puts fear in us about how to act and react.  Fear can be self-inflicted from our perception of what people think or the rejection we have suffered from our past relationships.

 

In Deuteronomy it mentions to go in and possess the land.  We need to possess the land of our mind.  We need to get violent and diligent in taking our thoughts captive.  It says, “Possess the land.”  The word possess is an action word.  It means we have something to do about it.  We have to get aggressive in our fight with the enemy and take back the territory he has stolen from us.  If you want something, you go and fight for it.  You get diligent about making it come to pass.  I don’t know anything more important than possessing the land of our mind, so that we can have the freedom Christ intended us to have.

How do we apply this to daily living?   We need to constantly be refocusing our minds.  “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever  things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever  things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things,” (Phil. 4:8).  Refocus your mind.

 

We need to take the thoughts captive and say, “No, I am not going to think that way.”  Speak out loud and rebuke the enemy.  Take authority over him and the thoughts that are coming into your mind.  Speak out, “I rebuke that thought in Jesus’ name.”  Speak Scripture over yourself.  Speak life, truth and the great things of God into your mind.

 

You have to say, “No, I am not going to react that way.”  You need to, “Get a grip on yourself.”  We need to take the thought captive into the obedience of Christ.  We need to bind our mind to the mind of Christ and think how He would think.  It is a constant renewing of our minds.  It is not easy.  It will take some time, but you can conquer your thoughts.

 

How to overcome the behavior patterns, thoughts and habits of fear.

  1.  Take your authority over your mind and thoughts.
  2. Speak out loud, “No, I am not taking that in.”
  3. Say, “Go! In Jesus’ name.”
  4.  Direct your thoughts on another topic.
  5. Get busy.  Don’t sit and think and rot and stink.
  6. Think positive.
  7. Trust God.
  8. Don’t react. Walk in the Spirit.
  9. Get with God. Read, pray and worship.
  10. Remember, you are made in Christ’s image – without fear!

~ by Kathy DeGraw on June 14, 2016.

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