Overcoming the Spirit of Fear might sound frightening. After all, you can’t see or touch a spirit, so how can you possibly overcome it? Overcoming the Spirit of fear might sound like something that stirs up your fears of failure as a Christian. The good news is that the Holy Spirit is not frightening, and He has complete power over the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:1-3). With the Holy Spirit, God’s Word and perseverance you will experience your Faith Overcoming the Spirit of Fear. You are no longer the captive of the prince of the power of the air.
Fear can be a brief feeling or a prolonged struggle. It can be healthy or debilitating. Either way, it is something we need to understand how to overcome. We are meant to be ruled by God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter and Guide as He walks alongside us, speaking what He hears from the Father. He fills and protects us. All these things are the opposite of what the enemy tries to do to us. The enemy wants us to live in fear by robbing us of our peace but we are going to examine how to activate our Faith Overcoming the Spirit of fear.
What is Fear?
Fear is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as: “an unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.”
Fear is an emotion, a feeling, that can be very strong or quite mild, long-lasting or fleeting and can be experienced by everyone to some degree. Simple Psychology says, “Fear is a basic, emotional response to a perceived threat or danger. It triggers the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ response, leading to physiological changes like increased heart rate and adrenaline levels.” Take note of the words “perceived threat.” Much of the fear we struggle with is related to things that might happen but have not occurred yet. This is what we battle in overcoming the Spirit of Fear.
Good fear is a survival mechanism. It teaches us how to react to threats of harm and violence. It teaches us not to run out in front of a car or put our hands in a fire. Unless we have a certain phobia, this kind of fear doesn’t take control of our lives. Instead, it teaches us by signaling when and how to control certain bad situations. We need fear, but like all emotions, it is meant to be under our control as we walk in faith, following the voice of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will teach all we need to know about faith overcoming the spirit of fear.
Faith vs. Fear
There are a lot of “fear nots” in the Bible. In my study, I did not find 365 verses that say fear not, but at least that many that allude to God’s promises, which destroy the fear the enemy wishes to consume us with. Because we are instructed not to fear, the enemy uses our occasional fear to convince us that we have no faith, whispering, “You’re not really a Christian. You’re just a loser and a coward.” Isaiah 41:10 is one of the famous “fear not” passages.
The word used in Isaiah for ‘fear’ means ‘do not lose heart or fear man.’ Why? Because God was assuring them that He was with them. It also means to be afraid of or in awe of.
So don’t be afraid. I am here, with you; don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, help you. I am here with My right hand to make right and to hold you up. Isaiah 41:10 VOICE
You see, God did not give us a cowardly spirit but a powerful, loving, and disciplined spirit. 2 Timothy 1:7 VOICE
When I needed the Lord, I looked for Him; I called out to Him, and He heard me and responded. He came and rescued me from everything that made me so afraid. Psalm 34:4 VOICE
The Eternal is my light amidst my darkness and my rescue in times of trouble. So whom shall I fear? He surrounds me with a fortress of protection. So nothing should cause me alarm. Psalm 27:1 VOICE
2nd Timothy 1:7 tells us that God has not given us a spirit of fear. Here, the word ‘fear’ means cowardice or timidity. In Psalm 34:4, fear means terror! Psalm 27:1 asks, “Whom shall I fear?” That Hebrew word means to be in awe of. There is only one we should stand in awe of and that is the Trinity. They are omnipresent (everywhere at all times), omniscient (all knowing) and omnipotent (all powerful).
Not one of these scriptures includes God criticizing or humiliating the speaker for being afraid. Instead, God’s kindness and compassion are poured out on each one. Faith in God always wins the battle! Faith is a tool to help us in overcoming the spirit of fear. God won’t condemn us. Instead, He will be our fortress, shield, wing of safety, and more. These Bible Verses for Overcoming Fear are weapons of warfare against our enemy.
Feeling fear doesn’t mean your faith is gone. It means you’re human with a goal to overcome fear with faith. We are never to be led or controlled by them. Instead, we overcome the spirit of fear as we stand on God’s Word.
Scientists have identified an abundance of emotions. The most basic ones are happiness, sadness, fear, disgust, anger, and surprise. Others add love, and a few more. Happiness has few drawbacks or reasons you need to control it. Sadness, fear, disgust, and anger can consume us, as can love. Distress is another emotion that can consume us.
Faith gives us strength and hope in overcoming the spirit of fear, teaching us to be in charge of our emotions as it fills us with God’s power.
Peace Church online has a wonderful free, downloadable PDF with 365 of God’s Promises. Click Here to go to Google, then click on the first link at the top. It will download a PDF, so you will need to have that capability on your computer. I include it because God’s promises are powerful and life-changing. His promises also banish fear.
How to Know if a Spirit of Fear is Working Inside You
Fear can manifest itself in many ways. In my own experience, most of my fears have been based on a fear of what might happen, and most of it never happened. I also had PTSD from a terrible accident that killed my husband, and I experienced residual fears from that. It has taken time for me to overcome that particular spirit of fear, but I have never been condemned by God. Instead, I felt His loving arms surrounding me as I progressed in overcoming the spirit of fear. Everyday, I utilized Bible verses for overcoming fear.
Fear of bad things that might happen is very common. Two words – What If – can cause us all kinds of problems. Allowing negative thoughts to build opens the door for the spirit of fear to set up a stronghold inside our minds and souls. We don’t do it on purpose, and it might take time for us to reach a point where we can stand up and fight fear. Pain takes time to heal, and fear can be painful and destructive. But God never shames or condemns us in that process.
Bad things do happen to everyone, including Christians, but we have a Comforter who pours out God’s healing oil on our lives. The “What Ifs” that we waste so much time on rarely occur, at least not to the degree we imagined and usually not at all. Living in fear of “What If” is destructive. But we have a God who can do anything, and He will. Knowing this gives us confidence that we can overcome the spirit of fear. Faith isn’t an emotion. It is a living, active facet of our being manifested through the Holy Spirit. It brings us peace and confidence in God and His Word.
Strong emotions can accompany negative, fearful thoughts. The enemy wants you to give up control over your emotions and fear,s allowing him to dictate your thoughts, feelings and actions. Remember, the true goal of our enemy never changes.
The thief approaches with malicious intent, looking to steal, slaughter, and destroy; I came to give life with joy and abundance. John 10:10 VOICE
If you’re experiencing fear, anxiety and distress, you may have a spirit of fear living in a stronghold in your life. Again, this is not a hopeless situation. We never lose hope in God because He never loses hope in us! The Word of God gives us the solution to get rid of the stronghold and the spirit of fear. God’s Word shows us faith overcoming the spirit of fear.
I have also experienced waking in the middle of the night with a horrible feeling of fear in my gut. I couldn’t correlate it with an event or a bad dream. I had to fight it using faith in the Word and exercising gratitude. Some symptoms of fear include a feeling of anxiety and fear you can’t control or don’t believe you can control.
For some, you’ve been diagnosed with a phobia or disorder, making this process seem more daunting. I want you to know that there is hope in overcoming the spirit of fear, and there is no shame in reaching out for help. Again, God never condemns or shames us. If you’re feel condemnation or shame, it is the enemy, not God and faith in His Word will overcome. God’s promises assure us that He wants us to overcome the spirit of fear, and He will supply all we need to succeed.
Faith for Overcoming the Spirit of Fear
One powerful tool for overcoming a spirit of fear is faith in God’s own Words. We have them in the Bible, and they are there to protect and strengthen us. Look at 2 Timothy 1:7 again. If you believe that the words of God in the Bible are true, then you can stand on the promise of this verse.
“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.”
We must have faith. For the Word to be alive and active in us, we must believe that God is just, good, loving, giving and powerful. We must also believe His words. Hebrews 11 is known as the Faith Hall of Fame as it lists the champions of faith repeatedly saying, “and by faith…….” At the beginning of Hebrews 11, the word tells us what faith is and why we need it. Romans shows us the connection between faith, which overcomes and fear, which destroys.
Hebrews 11:1-3 VOICE, “Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen. It was by faith that our forebears were approved. Through faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God; everything we now see was fashioned from that which is invisible.”
Hebrews 11:6 VOICE, “Without faith no one can please God because the one coming to God must believe He exists, and He rewards those who come seeking.”
Romans 8:1-2 VOICE, “Therefore, now no condemnation awaits those who are living in Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King, because when you live in the Anointed One, Jesus, a new law takes effect. The law of the Spirit of life breathes into you and liberates you from the law of sin and death.”
Romans 8:12-15 VOICE, “So, my brothers and sisters, you owe the flesh nothing! You do not need to live according to its ways, so abandon its oppressive regime. For if your life is just about satisfying the impulses of your sinful nature, then prepare to die. But if you have invited the Spirit to destroy these selfish desires, you will experience life. If the Spirit of God is leading you, then take comfort in knowing you are His children.
You see, you have not received a spirit that returns you to slavery, so you have nothing to fear. The Spirit you have received adopts you and welcomes you into God’s own family. That’s why we call out to Him, “Abba! Father!” as we would address a loving daddy.”
Overcoming the Spirit of Fear with Prayer
In the verses above, we learn the following:
- Faith brings assurance and absolute conviction along with God’s approval.
- Faith pleases God and He rewards those who seek Him.
- There is no condemnation as we live in Jesus.
- The Spirit of Life breathes into us and sets us free from the law of sin and death.
- The Spirit of Life helps destroys selfish desires as we experience life and we take comfort in knowing we are His children.
- The presence of the Holy Spirit inside us means we have nothing to fear. We are adopted into God’s family and we call him Father.
In these verses, we receive comfort and assurance that we can overcome the spirit of fear
Prayer should be included as part of our daily lives and our battles with fear. Prayer puts your faith into action. It actively overcomes fear. We are exhorted to pray. In Psalm 34:4 we see King David praying, “When I needed the Lord, I looked for Him; I called out to Him, and He heard me and responded. He came and rescued me from everything that made me so afraid.” Psalm 34:4 VOICE
King David put his faith to work, and the result was freedom from fear. David was afraid at times. The “man after God’s own heart” experienced doubt and fear like we do. He freely expressed his fears and emotions to God and was never condemned. Experiencing a negative emotion like fear is not a sin, but fear can breed sin unless we immediately turn to faith in God and His Word. Pray honest prayers – things like, “God I’m scared and mad.” God’s shoulders are big enough to stand up under our questioning of Him.
I questioned God when my husband died. I told Him that this whole thing stunk and was unfair. I poured out my pain, anger, grief and every emotion on God. His response was to pour out healing. As I walked through the valley if the shadow of death, I over came fear. This verse was true in my life:
Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness, I am not overcome by fear. Because You are with me in those dark moments, near with Your protection and guidance, I am comforted. Psalm 23:4 VOICE
I chose to repeat this, “I am not overcome by fear,” in spite of my fear. I wasn’t pretending. Instead, what I knew was that the feeling was temporary and not of God. Because I knew God was near with protection and guidance, I was confident that I would emerge into His light.
You Can Be an Overcomer
In the next blog we will look at Bible Verses for Overcoming Fear. I’ve given you a few verses in this blog but there will be more in each of the 4 blogs. In the final blog, you will be able to download a long list of Scripture to use to overcome fear. We will look at simple ways to make the armor of God part of your daily routine and how the armor helps you overcome fear. Last, we’ll put it all together with prayers to help you in Overcoming the Spirit of Fear whenever it may try to take over.
Be sure to download the Scriptures for Part 1 – Faith Overcoming the Spirit of Fear. Click Here for the PDF. Use these pages as quick way to stop fear when you feel. Repeat the verses out loud if you can and personalize them. There is one example of a personalized section of Scripture to help you get started.
Remember our theme words. INSPIRATION is God blowing His breath of life into you. ENCOURAGEMENT is God giving His heart of courage to you. IMAGINATION is freeing our Godly creative imagination. Enthusiasm is to be possessed by and filled with God’s passion and zeal. Let these four things be part of your daily life to increase your strength and passion for God.
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Inspiration For Life Today uses verses from different Bible translations. To see more information about the copyright for each one, please visit this page – Scripture Citations.