Fear is not your friend. No matter what people say or what theory they come up with, fear is not your friend. Fear is the enemy of faith. There is no fear with God. God never created fear. He is completely outside of fear. Fear and God live in two totally separate spheres. They don’t cohabit and they don’t mesh. God is a God of faith so fear and faith are opposites. If you think that a little fear is good for you, I recommend that you think twice. A little fear makes a crack in your faith shield. A small crack has the potential to do a lot more damage than you think. Banish fear. Stay away from it. Rebuke it and refuse it.
“Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, He will come with vengeance; with divine retribution “He will come to save you.” (Isaiah 35:4). Who are those with fearful hearts? I would say that this covers the majority of us. We all have felt fear at some point. Fear is one of the weapons that the enemy uses constantly and he is relentless with it. Because we are experiencing fear doesn’t mean that we have to be subject to it all the time. We have to stand against it and resist it. “Resist the devil and he will flee” says James 4:7. “Resist fear and it will flee” is also true. When I received the Holy Spirit, the first thing I noticed was that fear didn’t seem to have a strong hold on me as it used to. Now this didn’t mean that I stopped feeling fear but I became aware of the fact that fear is not of God and therefore I don’t have to accept it and I can rebuke it.
You see, the enemy would like for us to think that our fearful heart is unchangeable. He wants us to accept fear as a part of who we are and to see it as something normal and natural. Fear is that foreign feeling that we shouldn’t let inhabit the country of our life. It should be given no access to our territory. Its attacks should be identified but not welcome. It is important to recognize fear and it is even more primordial to push it out of our (spiritual and mental) system.
Isaiah 35:4 says “Your God will come.” Amen to that! Yes, God will show up and help you deal with fear. Anytime fear tries to get in, just use the name of Jesus. His name is the best resistance tool you can use. Brandish that beautiful name in the face of the enemy and watch him leave. The devil doesn’t like Jesus at all. He actually fears the Lord but he is good at blinding us and making us believe that he has a lot more control than he really does. Fear crumbles at the mention of the name of the Lord. You might have to use His name over and over but I can guarantee that fear will not stay around where the presence of the Lord is. When fear pops its head, hit it with praise and worship. Praise brings the presence of God to the scene and the enemy wants nothing to do with the presence. Don’t let fear get the best of you when the Lord has already provided a way out of it. Call on God. His divine retribution is the best payback for what the enemy has stolen from you. Fear steals your peace. Take the peace back in Jesus’ name. Fear is not your friend! Make peace one of your best friends. The Lord said in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Hold on to that truth!
Suggested reading: Joshua 1:9; Psalm 34:4; Matthew 6:34