By Dr. Carolyn Hall
This is an excerpt from Dr.Hall’s book, New Beginnings Devotional: 40 Days of Mind Renewing and Empowering Teachings on Amazon.com
For many, ‘fear’ seems to be a normal part of everyday life. I’ve even heard psychologists, and other mental health professionals, suggests that “a little fear is good, because it is how you know that [you] are still alive.” To believe that is to become subject to a spirit of deception, which works in opposition to the word of God. In fact, the FEARS WE TOLERATE will slowly and surely CONTAMINATE OUR FAITH. This is extremely important to remember. Why? Because God has called us forth to do some extraordinary, sometimes intimidating feats, which require us to be BOLD and CONFIDENT about His word and His might that operates on the inside of us. Yet, most Christians fail to do these great feats because we spend so much time operating in fear.
Much of the fear is not just a fear of the devil, but a fear of people and what they may think or say about us. This ‘fear,’ also referred to as “people bondage,” prevents us from fully feeling God’s love and operating in the power that He put in these earthen vessels (i.e. our bodies). This is a problem that is allowing the kingdom of darkness to deal huge blows against God’s people. But, God said that “…perfect love casts out fear. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (I John 4:18). In other words, when we really begin to draw close to God (one of the concurrent themes of this book as you can see), we are allowing Him time and space to fill us with His love. In doing so, it drives away the fear that once consumes us. Science says, “two matters cannot occupy the same space.” The word, on the other hand, says that “no man can serve two masters”. When we truly allow God to become the Master of our fates and the captain of our ship, fear cannot stand.
When we get rid of fear, we understand and can grasp that
1. Satan’s kingdom cannot operate in our lives, because we can confidently and strongly stand against him: “if God be for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31).
2. Just because something looks a certain way does not mean that it is. For example, many people live in fear in this economy. But, God has assured us [His children] that “[He] will supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory” (Phillipians 4:19) .
3. Know that nothing is impossible to us if we believe (Mark 9:23).
4. Instead of speaking about the mountains in our lives, we must learn to exercise faith, which can move those mountains (Luke 17:6 ).
So, the next time your flesh gets tempted to be shaken by a troubling situation or circumstance, DO NOT ALLOW FEAR TO CREEP IN. Know, believe and trust that God loves you and this too shall pass.