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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, January 23, 2023, and this is Episode #4 of Series 2023. This episode is titled “How to Fight Fear”.
Wherever I turn, I meet people who are fighting fear. Fear is the buzzword of the day as people face job losses, pay cuts, inflationary food prices, health challenges, and relationship issues.
If this describes you in any way, let me share the antidote to fear so that you can rid your life of it once and for all.
Fear expresses itself as a powerful emotion, perhaps the most powerful of all emotions. We all know that sick feeling in the pit of our stomach when fear strikes. That overwhelming pressure on our chests. That painful lump in our throats. That relentless, irrational attack on our minds that causes us to picture the worst. These physiological changes when fear strikes are real and, I might add, harmful.
I grew up in an atmosphere of fear, with the result that fear became a stronghold in my life. For years, I thought I had no control over fear, so whenever it struck, I would allow it to take me wherever it wanted to take me. But after I came to Christ and was born again, I learned something about fear that blew me away. Something that gave me an insight into fear that totally changed my perspective on it and the means by which I fought it. Now, I want to share what I learned with you.
I had always thought that fear was an emotion. But the Bible says something completely different. Here it is in 2 Timothy 1: 7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Did you get that? I’ll read it again. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear.” Fear is a spirit! It is not a feeling. Yes, we experience negative feelings when we fear, but behind those negative feelings is a demonic spirit.
This revelation was a game-changer for me. It meant that I finally understood what I was dealing with when I felt fear. And because I understood what I was dealing with, I knew how to handle it.
You see, when we are born again, we receive the authority and power of Christ over the enemy. In Luke 10: 19, we read this: “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Did you get that? “I give you authority over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Jesus has given the born-again believer authority over ALL the power of Satan. And that includes authority over the spirit of fear.
When we feel fear, we are hearing the devil talking. He is whispering—or shouting—lies to us to divert our focus from God to himself. At the first signal of fear, then, we must recognize that we are dealing with an evil spirit, and we must use the authority that Jesus gave us to resist that evil spirit of fear so that it will flee from us.
The battle can be vicious. I remember one incident in particular when my daughters were teenagers. They had gone to a school event that took place in the evening. While they were gone, I was suddenly attacked with a ferocious spirit of fear. This evil spirit bombarded my mind with horrific thoughts about my daughters’ safety. With the thoughts came the frightening feelings that fear brings.
By this time, however, I had learned how the spirit of fear operates and how I needed to operate in the face of it. So I immediately began to use the authority that Jesus Christ had given me through His Word. I began to bombard the spirit of fear with Scripture verses about fear. I spoke the Word of God against the enemy. I said that God had not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.
This went on for nearly three hours. Yes, three solid hours. As I mentioned, the battle was ferocious. But I stood fast on God’s Word, confident that it would accomplish its purpose of driving out the spirit of fear.
And it did!
After three hours of battle, the peace of God flooded my soul. His Word had done its job.
The same can happen to you. Now, you very likely won’t have a three-hour battle against fear as I had. But you will have a battle. When you do, do what I did. Take the Word of God—which the Bible describes as the Sword of the Spirit—and use your sword against the spirit of fear. The Bible says in James 4: 7: “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
As we submit to God and resist the devil with the Word of God, the devil must flee from us. He has no other choice because he has already been defeated by Jesus Christ.
One caveat: Only those who are born again have the authority and the power to overcome the spirit of fear. If you have not been born again, you do not have that authority and power. But you can have it now if you choose to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Just pray this simple prayer with me:
Lord Jesus, I acknowledge and admit that I am a sinner. I have sinned against You and I now choose to repent. I ask You to forgive me of my sin. I want to share in Your authority and power to overcome the spirit of fear and every other evil spirit. So, I receive You now as my Savior and my Lord. Thank You for saving me. In Your Name I pray. Amen.
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