I was saved at twenty-six years old. I was an alcoholic, filled with fear, anxiety, worry, and depression. One night, I fell to me knees and said, “God, I can’t do this anymore. The way I’m living my life isn’t working. I’ve even tried living like others thought I should. That’s not working either. I want your plan for my life. I don’t know you, but your plan for my life has got to be better than anything that I can come up with. I give you my life. I give you my heart. I ask you, Lord, to take this messed up girl, and if you can do anything with her life, to do it.” And He did it. He delivered me from all my fears. He delivered me from alcoholism. He delivered me from panic attacks. I was agoraphobic. I was so scared of panic attacks that I couldn’t go anywhere. I was a prisoner in my own home. But I sought the Lord, just as Psalm 34:4 says. I cried out to Him and He delivered me. After I prayed that prayer of salvation, it felt like shackles fell from me. From that point on, I had to renew my mind according to the Word of God. As I did, I was able to maintain my deliverance.
Fear is called by different names: worry, anxiety, and panic. The dictionary calls it a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain; whether the threat is real or imagined. The American Psychiatric Association categorizes fears as rational or irrational. God defines fear as useless, a waste, the enemy of faith, and in direct opposition of Him. Fear makes things appear one way when God’s Word says something completely different. Fear is a deceiver. As Christians, we are not to take part in any of it.
There are consequences if we allow fear into our lives. It wastes time, potential, and destinies. Fear paralyzes you. It stops you from following God’s call on your life. It won’t stop with just you, either. It becomes a generational curse. It infects your children, your grandchildren, and so on until someone decides to stop it. The delivered will lose their deliverance. Allowing even a little fear in your life allows Satan into your life.
There are some beliefs about fear that are absolute lies. First, fear is a natural part of life. It’s believable because there are many who make fear a way of life. It’s not normal for Christians, though. II Timothy 1:7 says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear…” Reading that, we see two things: fear isn’t of God and it’s a spirit. Therefore it’s not natural, but supernatural. It’s a demonic spirit that will stop you from fulfilling God’s call on your life.
The second lie is there are rational and irrational fears. The American Psychiatric Association lumps fears into two groups: fears that makes sense and fears that don’t. God doesn’t group fears because there are no rational fears. All fear is irrational. It’s not logical to be fearful when you claim to trust God. There is no one fear that makes sense in the eyes of God.
The next lie is a good amount of fear is healthy. Philippians 4:6 answers this by saying “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” When God commands us to not worry about anything, He means it. We’re not to worry about the future, the unknown, our children, our jobs, our finances. The Scripture says that if we ask it of God, we will receive peace.
Another lie is fear and worry are ways to show our love and concern. Living this lie will destroy your children. Satan will take your good intentions, distort them, and steal your children’s destinies. If they don’t draw the bloodline of Jesus, they can expect it to continue down the family line.
Jesus’s words in Matthew chapter 6 command us to not worry about our futures. He compares us to the birds of the air and the grass in the field. They don’t worry about their futures, but God sustains them. He goes on saying, “So do not worry saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Pagans – the ungodly – act in fear. When Christians respond to situations with fear, we’re teaching others that fear is acceptable and that God can’t be trusted. We’re the redeemed of the Lord and have nothing to be anxious about.
The final lie is there are people who are attacked with fear more than others. This is absolutely false. Satan delights in attacking all Christians. The difference between defeated and victorious Christians is the defeated give in to fear while the victorious stand against fear. When we live in defeat, we’re not making decisions based on faith. Contrariwise, when we live in victory, we’re only making decisions based on faith. Faith is the direct opposite of fear. Even if fear is still present, the victorious Christian will continue on. They take up their faith shield, hold it high, and follow after God.
The enemy will do anything he can to delay you. It’s possible to have peace in your spirit, but have anxiety in your mind. You can also experience peace in your mind while you have turmoil in your spirit. Learn to discern between the two. If your mind is at peace and your spirit is in turmoil, though, you’re likely heading down a path of devastation. Too often people wait until they get their head wrapped around a situation to move forward in life. And they never get anything done. Always be sure to check your spirit.
God is a good God. He is a God of power and sound mind. He delivered us through Jesus Christ’s work on the cross and we have a duty to uphold our deliverance by speaking God’s Word, wielding the sword of the Spirit, and by holding our faith shield high. Isaiah 53 lays out the redeeming work of Christ. “Surely He took our pain and He bore our suffering. Yet we consider Him punished by God stricken and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our inequities. The punishment that brought us peace was on Him. And by His wounds we are healed.” Jesus went to the cross so that we would live in peace. This is why He is called “Prince of Peace”. Be rid of fear. Live and walk in peace; nothing missing; nothing broken; complete wholeness; complete tranquility; harmony; healing; oneness; peace.