A Spirit Of Fear

Your fear is being caused by the devil; by a “spirit of fear”.

Here is the entire Scripture passage:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Tomothy 1:7 NKJV)

Here is perhaps the most important thing to know about fear: it is not just a physiological response to circumstances.

Fear is a spiritual phenomenon, inflicted by an evil spirit.

God has given you a “flight-or-fight” mechanism for your protection. The rush of adrenaline known as a “panic attack” will also – when you’re facing real danger — give you an instant boost of strength.

But Satan and his demons — as they always do — have corrupted God’s gift by using it against you. They do it by planting thoughts into your mind, thoughts of impending disaster and doom. They are behind all of those “what if” questions that tie you in knots of fear.

Paul wrote this:

Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but… against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)

The “voice” you “hear” in your thoughts sounds like your voice. But often, it isn’t. It may be the voice of a demon, impersonating you by somehow injecting thoughts into your mind. In this way, demons are able to deceive you into believing their lies.

REMEMBER: Deception is Satan’s most powerful weapon against the entire human race!

But also remember: God has your back!

How To Apply The Principle:
  • The fear that you are experiencing is NOT from God! How often did Jesus say things such as, “Do not be afraid“; and “let not your hearts be troubled“; and “fear not and “be of good cheer“? No, most of your fear is being inflicted by a “SPIRIT OF FEAR”!
  • God has given you the power to overcome. He has put His power into His Word. But that concept is: “…foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the Power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).
  • God’s heart burns with love for YOU: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son…” (John 3:13). and He longs for you to love Him in return. Also, His Word commands us to love others even more than we love ourselves.
  • God has blessed most of with a sound mind. WE have the capacity to know; to memorize; to reason. We also have the freedom to choose what we put into our minds. He urges us to “…be transformed by the renewing of our minds.” (Romans 12:2)
  • What To Do: memorize this: “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)”. You can do it. Just write it on a recipe card and read it over several times a day until you can say it “by heart”. THEN — VERY IMPORTANT: Recite it silently to yourself frequently throughout the day. You will be astonished at how it helps you!

PRAYER: “Heavenly Father, I praise You for showing me this truth about Satan and his demons. Now that I know that they are the instigators of the fear I’ve had I know exactly what to do. The next time fear even thinks about tormenting me, I won’t listen to those lies. I’ll quickly turn to You and rely on Your promises for help and comfort.”

- Jan

 

 
 

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  • JOSEPH 01/14/2020, 12:36 PM

    God ble you for you word to me am blessed today .

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  • Amanda 12/11/2019, 2:31 PM

    I thank God for using you to speak to me about these evil forces because I’ve been suffering from thinking that I don’t have the power and I’ve been having fears.Everyday in midnight I can’t pray properly because I’m scared of seeing this ugly creature that’s all I think about and then fear starts coming thoughts of seeing bad things in the night start playing in my head and I forget that…

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  • Jan 12/10/2019, 8:40 AM

    My favorite verse! My husband told me over 20 yrs ago, to always repeat this verse when I’m troubled. I have it posted around my home & car. My husband passed away 2 yrs ago today. The verse gives me strength & courage more than ever! Great message? Thank you and GOD bless you?

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  • Sharon 10/27/2019, 9:46 PM

    I’m rather new to the word and walking with God. I’ve certainly learned alot from this site in short hour or so of reading.. Thank you and God bless?

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    • Jan Smith 10/28/2019, 10:53 AM

      Sharon, thanks for your note. It delights me no end to know that I have had the privilege of helping another believer to take hold of the Word of God, and see how great an impact it can have when applied into the adversities of daily life.

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  • Brandi 08/06/2019, 11:22 AM

    Hi Jan!

    Right on time my brother! Thank you for your obedience, love, and work in the Kingdom! Many blessings to you and your family. Your blogs have impacted me in a mighty way and helped me get my focus back on Jesus Christ! Recently I’ve started my own blog thejourneyb.com and will encourage readers to visit your website in my next post on overcoming negative thoughts.

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  • Boussad IDJERI 07/01/2019, 1:39 PM

    Thank you for giving me acess.
    God bless you.
    Boussad IDJERI

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  • Doug Hanson 05/06/2019, 11:09 PM

    Thank you.

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  • Nickolas DiDonato 11/28/2018, 1:31 PM

    Thank you, I have been living in a spirit of fear for years,,,my faith is being pushed to the limit of what I can bear,,please pray for me that I pass this test,,,please I am very serious I do not want one drop of blood that Jesus shed for me to be waisted…

    Thank you,
    Love always,
    Nickolas DiDonato

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    • Austin 01/18/2019, 6:47 PM

      My friend is on the path of satan and I’m scared I’m being pulled with him how can I break free but still be a role model? I am loving God more and more each day I feel like I’m being torn in too. God give me the strength to except the things I cannot change
      The courage to change what I know is right
      The wisdom to know the difference

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  • Nancy 11/16/2018, 3:10 AM

    Thank you for the word’s of God!

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    • Jan Smith 11/17/2018, 12:28 PM

      Nancy, I hope that what you read was helpful to you. I’t my privilege to write articles that contain wisdom that God has poured into me, so that I can pour the wisdom of God’s Word into my sisters and brothers in Christ.

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  • Lynn gatlin 03/14/2018, 6:13 AM

    I would like to purchase some sets of your word blessings cards for friends.
    I love them. They have given me comfort and help me focus on Jesus.
    Thanks so much for your work for the Kingdom.

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  • linda coleman 10/26/2016, 5:42 PM

    I been call ever since 2003 but the spirit of fear be around me and I am not good in memory chapter and verse but I can speak strong upon the word I never read or send but I heard them and I speak upon them as it have been speak to me and many man except me no as I am before god people, is it wrong to speak upon this your never seen but when you finally was told now you hear the voice spoken no it time to open up the bible .what going on man of god in my life no man of god ever want to example why god speak over my life like he do?

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    • Jalene 02/23/2017, 12:26 AM

      Hey, that’s a clever way of thkniing about it.

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  • Sandhya 09/26/2016, 5:43 AM

    Hi jan
    I completed my MBA and without a job.
    The reason im writing this is I have no Christian friends. I was a born Hindu from India. But God somehow called me to be his daughter.
    If you can mail me i can communicate through email. You postd really encouraged me. Thanks jan

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    • Jan Smith 09/26/2016, 11:24 AM

      Sandhya, thanks for writing!
      First of all: congratulations on completing your MBA! You have done what most people have not done. That alone sets you apart. Plus being a Christian in a Hindu culture culture also sets you apart. That’s what happened to Jesus’ apostles:

      14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. (John 17:14~19)

      They were hated. So were most followers of Jesus. Most of all, Jesus was hated. You’re in good company.

      I can really identify with you. When I graduated with a degree in engineering, there were no jobs available. And even now, it seems nobody (except perhaps readers of this blog) have any idea why I am pouring myself into sharing what God has poured into me. It’s hard.

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  • William 08/31/2016, 12:19 AM

    God has been telling me for some time that the devil has been coming after me, but I was not listening. Things have not been going well for me and I know it is him.please pray for me. Also me and my wife are looking for a church home. She needs pray as well, struggling at work.

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    • Jan Smith 08/31/2016, 4:17 PM

      Hi, William, I urge you to go back to Word Blessings and read / study some of the other articles there.
      Here is a link to a group of 3 popular articles: Click Here to go to a section on the “Start Here” page that will get you started. I know this will help.

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  • mary 08/11/2016, 1:03 PM

    Will you please pray for me? I really like your blog and have started memorizing the scripture but still not getting a lot of victory. I have been a Christian for 20 years but kept hearing in my mind memorizing scripture wouldn’t work for me in my head or I cna’t really believe it ect…lies. Recently I have been trying to memorize, believe the word and apply it but don’t feel any different or still in the heat of the battle revert to relying on myself. I feel that I have a really bad stronghold and can’t overcome. Somehow I am not doing this right or the devil won’t flee. I keep trying to apply the word but feel that if I act all “cheerful” I am just being a fake. I feel that I fail in situations with people and then I just get discouraged about myself. Can you help?

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    • Jan Smith 08/11/2016, 9:00 PM

      Hi, Mary, I urge you to speak aloud some of your verses against the devil. The spoken Word of God is demon repellent. Don’t give up! Open your Bible and read from the Psalms of from the Gospel of John or whatever you find helpful. You at least know what’s going on. The devil will try any way he can to keep you out of God’s Word and to keep God’s Word out of you. Just read through your Scriptures out loud every day, once a day. Make it a habit.

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      • Beth 08/07/2018, 5:47 PM

        Quoting scripture out loud does seem to work. I suffer from a fear of being rejected by God. I was quoting “do not fear this multitude that fights against you… I noticed a reduction in fear. My problem was that I then stopped. I need to continue. Part of my problem is that when I ‘feel’defeated then I stop trying. I know it’s not about my feelings though! None of it us about me but God. Please pray for strength and diligence. It’s so busy with my kids and work. It seems when I try to make time the kids waken early or interrupt. I also feel anxious in the morning and really don’t feel like praying etc. Pray for wisdom. Thank you. I live this site

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