THE SPIRIT OF FEAR
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
“Fear,” in the Greek, is to become fainthearted; to lose the “moral fortitude” needed to follow the Lord.
Ephesians 6:11 (CEV) Put on all the armor that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil’s tricks.
Satan wants to steal, kill, and destroy—one of the tools he uses is the spirit of fear. In order to access God’s blessings, promises, and calling you will have to deal with some fears.
Fear magnifies and heightens life’s problems. When we get a bad doctors report it’s discouraging, but the spirit of fear heightens that discouragement. When our children do something they shouldn’t, the spirit of fear causes us to overreact and hurt our relationship.
Psalm 56:3-4 (NLT) When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
Choose faith over fear! How? By putting on the armor of God.
THE ARMOR OF GOD
1. Helmet of Salvation—Protect your thoughts. Satan is an accuser—casting a distorted image of God.
2. Breastplate of Righteousness—Protect your heart. Satan is a deceiver—casting a distorted image of self.
3. Belt of Truth—Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
John 16:13 (NIV) When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
John 7:38 (KJV) He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. He was speaking about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive.
4. Shoes of the Gospel of Peace—Follow peace.
The first four pieces of armor help to protect us internally (our mind and heart), the last two pieces of armor help to protect us externally (from the outward attacks of the enemy).
5. Shield of Faith—Pay no attention to the way things look.
6. Sword of the Spirit—Speak what God’s Spirit says.
John 14:10 (NLT) Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me.
Matthew 10:19-20 (NIV) When they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Fear only works when we cast away our confidence. We will cast away our confidence when we stop wearing our armor.
Hebrews 10:35-36 (NIV) Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.