You’ve ALREADY Overcome the Spirit of Fear

“The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.  Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty!  Your decrees are trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O Lord, forevermore.”  Psalm 93:3-5

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As followers of Jesus Christ (Yeshua, Messiah)… we often-times find ourselves in overwhelming situations! Don’t we?!?  Everything around us can be totally and completely swirling and seemingly a loud sound of fear comes rising up behind your back… “Fear, fear, fear…. sssss….  You can’t do this. You’re not strong enough to accomplish this. Your goals are too far-fetched… You’re not successful… You won’t ever overcome your debts… People don’t really love you… You’re just a burden… Why were you even born?  You don’t seem to have any clear purpose?  Why can’t you get some clear direction?”

The spirit of FEAR is a very, very real and manipulative substance.  It’s born from the enemy of our souls- the Satan (Ha Satan, in Hebrew- literally meaning “the satan” since it’s a created being).  The enemy who wishes with all of it’s strength that we would retreat from loving the Lord our God… that we would put a stop to all of our encouragement of the people around us… that we would surrender to a future of defeat and ultimately- that we would be so angry and bitter in the process… that we would curse our Maker- Jesus Christ and turn away from the beloved people that HE has placed in our lives.  Do you see why you can’t let this happen?!?

The spirit of fear is also rooted in a “poverty mindset…” that would harass and mock our souls into believing that we will 1. Never be the overcomers- that God’s word says that we ARE… and 2. that we would feel so worthless and dejected- that we would cease to break new ground in the Earth for the Kingdom of God.  Yet, “The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force…” (Matthew 11:12). AND… “on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18).

That being said… one of the most challenging things about overcoming the spirit of fear- is that through the process, we do find ourselves to be a bit overwhelmed.  And in the process of defeat (even though the enemy hasn’t robbed us fully- yet)… we choose to give into lethargy, complaining, and even the darkness of depression- perhaps entertaining dark, demonic thoughts… and letting go of our once held high moral standards.  Although things don’t always go quite THAT far…  the battle is real, tangible, and RAGING.  The devil is RAGING.  We need to pay attention to the fact that we are warriors in a raging war- and that every emotion, thought, and temptation is part of that fight.

It’s time to take back our souls from the brink of ship-wreck.  It’s time to steward the Grace of God that we have been given!  It’s time to tend the fire of His Holy Spirit.  Beloved, this is so not easy!  As a matter of fact it is very, very hard work.  But, the reward is certain!  What we gain when we press into the fullness of God’s Spirit is 1. The spirit of POWER, love, and a SOUND MIND… and the very joy of our salvation!  Indeed, His Kingdom is the presence of righteousness, joy, and peace in His Holy Spirit!

“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”  (Romans 815).

So, what do I do about this?!?

I encourage you to quiet yourself before the Lord Most High… and ask Him to flood your life with His peace and truth and wait upon Him.  But, listen for His voice and then continue to move forward (in practical ways) as His Spirit leads you.  He is OUR SHEPHERD.

I believe this scripture will encourage you in the midst of the storm…

“The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.  Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty!  Your decrees are trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O Lord, forevermore.”  Psalm 93:3-5

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