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GRIPPED BY FEAR--PART TWO

GRIPPED BY FEAR—IS FEAR AN EMOTION? NO!

 

I have heard it said fear is an emotion.  I have to question this.  I have also heard it said we made in the image of God by Mind, Will, and Emotion.  So, if our emotions come from God and God says He has not given us the spirit of fear then how can fear be an emotion? And while there are some emotions we can control fear is definitely not one of them, at least not for me. When fear grips us—and I have had it happen on several occasions—there is no talking ourselves out of it.  How are we supposed to fight fear—a spiritual enemy we can’t touch or see?  Thankfully our loving heavenly Father gave us an instruction manual on how to fight a spiritual battle through Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus.  He instructs us to:

 

13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

 

In my life –after you have done everything—meant my going to the doctor and having the necessary medical testing I needed without fear of the outcome.  It means having the courage to walk the path God sets before us and standing with confidence knowing He works all things together for our good. 

 

14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  

 

It means knowing God is in control of our lives and to stand with Him when the spirit of fear wages war against us.  We must read, understand and use God’s Word—the sword of the Spirit—for the spiritual battle in the heavenly places.  The Word is our only weapon against the spirit of fear.  We cannot simply will it to be gone in our minds.  It is NOT a case of mind over matter.  It is a battle and we have to stand and fight.  Even when the Israelites were at the thresholds of the Promised Land they had to fight in the name of God to get what was promised to them.  We too must fight this spirit and victory will be ours through our God’s mighty power.

 

 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

 

And we must “pray in the Spirit on all occasions”.  The Holy Spirit is the power within us and will pray for us when we are afraid or feel the situation is more than we can bear.  We can always call on the name of our GOD.  He helps us when we are too weak from battle and we feel as if we are losing, when our words just do not seem sufficient enough, or when we do not know what to pray.  Moses had Aaron and Hur hold up his arms when he grew weary during a battle with the Amalekites.  After God gave them victory Moses built an altar and named it Yahweh –Nissi, The Lord is my Banner.  In Romans 8:26 we have the Holy Spirit to hold us up and pray when we do not know what to pray anymore.  When our words seem repetitive and without meaning we can ask the Holy Spirit to pray for us.  He becomes strong in our weakness.  He intercedes for us:

 

26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness ; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for word;”

 

That Sunday evening before my nuclear stress test I found myself alone and afraid.  All I could think about was my dad—now with our Lord.  He was the age I am now when he had his first heart attack and was 51 when he had his first open heart surgery.  I remember all too well the pain he endured afterwards.  All my life people told me how much I look like my day in stature and mannerisms.  Now, I wondered would I suffer the same fate he did?  Would I have to have open heart surgery due to coronary heart disease?  I too had smoked for many years.  I too ate the same foods my dad ate; lived the same basic lifestyle he did.  Would I die at an early age too? The spirit of fear was winning that night and I knew it.

 

Praise God for He is always faithful to His children.  He will not allow us to lose.  He came to my rescue upon my admitting to Him I was losing and only He could relieve the torture I was going through mentally by this spirit of fear.  God brought the Ephesians verses to my mind.  I had memorized them as a challenge issued by my pastor a few years earlier.  I took out the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God and began reading out loud as I walked around the house.  For hours I read and walked.  I did not call/text friends and ask them to pray as this battle had only three participants—God, me and a spirit of fear.  I confronted the spirit of fear and prayed for the power of the Holy Spirit to intervene for me and for the peace God to consume me.  Exhausted, I went to bed and had a pretty sleepless night. 

 

THEN GOD MOVED!

 

When I awoke on Monday morning I was euphoric.  Actually human words could not begin to express how I felt.  Truly JOY does come in the morning!J  God gave me a peace which goes beyond what human words are capable of defining and I went into testing that morning knowing whatever the outcome God had it all planned out and it would be ok either way.  My night long fighting might have left me exhausted however GOD woke me invigorated.  The nurse giving me the IV with the nuclear dye must have been guided by an angel because I honestly did not even feel the needle go in.  I walked the treadmill and did not get the slightest bit winded or out of breath.  Lying under the x-ray machine for 40 minutes as it took pictures of my arteries and heart I thanked God for His Holy Spirit covering me in such a way I felt cocooned in the warmth of His love.  And the results given to me that afternoon showed all veins and arteries clean and clear.  My doctor told me my heart was in excellent shape—good, strong and pumping beyond the average.  I immediately gave God the glory right there in the doctor’s office.   

 

Understanding through God’s word fear is not an emotion but a spirit gives us an advantage as believers when we are under attack from the enemy.  Fear is not something we can talk ourselves out of—mind over matter type stuff.  It is an enemy and must be treated as such.  God’s Word and our faith in Him and His word always defeat the enemy.  

 

If you are battling against a spirit of fear I hope this post encourages you.  Go into battle, take out the Sword of the Spirit and fight in the name of your God.  STAND FIRM for we are more than conquerors through the blood of Jesus Christ.  I promise He will not let you lose.

 

Always loving the Lord,

Lori Robbins      


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