By: David Haladay – Trinity Christian School, Lubbock TX
- Watch what you listen to
Mark 4:24 “Consider carefully what you hear.”
News is a business that uses mind-influencing experts to get you to watch their broadcast. We can watch to gain information, or get “hooked” into the trap. These news items are designed to be negative. As you meditate on them, you become convinced things are terrible. Soon, that is all you think about, and “faith” in disaster.
I challenge you not to watch any news about the virus until 6:00 tomorrow night. If you find you “need” to know, you have become ensnared for fear to develop within you.
- Realize fear is a “spirit”
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
When we add fear into our human spirit, the evil one will move in to add anxiety to our fear. He cannot give you fear. He can only add to what you allow in your life. He adds to the natural, and then becomes a spiritual stronghold.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to show you the specific thing that you are fearing
Psalm 139:23 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties.”
Know what you specifically fear. You cannot correct until you target specifics.
- Make a decision—“I will not fear”
Philippians 4:6 “Don’t worry about anything.”
This verse is not a suggestion, but a command. What the Lord commands, He enables us to do.
The Holy Spirit within you enables you not to fear.
Say it out loud: “(Your Name), God told you not to fear, so what are you are going to do about _______? (Pause to listen for God.) I have made up my mind, I will not fear.”
- Find a promise of God that overcomes your fear and meditate on this promise
Psalm 119:9 “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your Word.”
Joshua 1:7-9 “Be strong and very courageous. Do not let this Book of the law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged; for the Lord, your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Put it in the first person. Say it aloud to yourself at least 5 times a day: “How can I be strong and courageous rather than terrified or discouraged? Only by absorbing God’s promise into my heart.”
The Hebrew word for meditate means to “mutter” or talk to yourself. That is why confession out loud is so important. Rather than praying for faith, get faith. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). Faith grows by declaring God’s Word out loud, as well as thinking on it.
- Find a scripture that tells you that God loves you
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear.”
We say God loves us, but often that truth is not in our hearts. Several times a day, declare out loud the verse God gives you regarding His love. Declare: “I am loved by the Almighty, I am one of His favorites.” Feed on His truth. Because God loves you, He will always take care of you.
If your fear sources from doubting God, admit this to Him. Fear reveals areas where you are distrusting God. Trusting God always produces peace, not anxiety.
- Accept unbelief as sin
Hebrews 3:12 “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.”
Let’s accept what God says rather than what our emotions say. Agree with God that your fear is sin.
- Confess your fear as sin
1 John 1:9 “But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.”
When we do this, God forgives and cleanses. He removes fear from our spirit, so we can overcome it in our soul (mind, will, and emotions).
- Commit to God the cause of your fear
Philippians 4:6 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.”
First, talk to God. Tell Him how you feel through prayer. Writing out my prayers has made a world difference.
Second, ask Him specifically for what you need.
Third, thank Him for granting you freedom. Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” You ask, then you believe that the need is on its way from heaven to you! Notice the three tenses: you ask (present); you believe you have received (past); you will receive (future).
- Ready yourself to fight fear
1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith.”
Fight by copying Jesus. He did not try to not rationalize what the devil said. He rejected those thoughts with the Word of God. Here is the way this looks for me:
First, I always assume evil may be involved. Just in case I say, “Devil, in the Name of Jesus I resist. The Holy Spirit says if I resist, you have to flee. I command you leave and take your thoughts of ___________ with you.”
Second, I speak to my mind. “Mind, stop it. I am in charge here, not you. I will not allow you to continue those thoughts. Truth says (quote the promise God has given you).”
Then, I thank God. “Father, thank You. You always keep Your promises. Thank You that I do not have to fear. You are everything I need.”
- Keep fighting until you are free
1 Peter 5:8-9 “Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. Take a firm stand against him, and be strong in your faith.”
Your thought habit will try to operate again, and your enemy will not turn you loose without a fight. The evil one watches to see if you have the willingness to continue fighting. Perseverance causes him to leave fairly quickly, but he will remain if he thinks you will stop fighting.
Sometimes, I have to fight every few minutes. Usually, the time lengthens between fearful thoughts and finally leaves altogether. Plan on victory. God called you to be more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37).
- Continually thank God for the answer
1 Thessalonians 5:18 “No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
Often, say out loud: “Father, thank you for ___________.” This keeps you free, increasing your strength. The more you thank God, the more He fills your mind with confidence, leaving no room for negative thoughts.
- Stay away from fear-talking friends
1 Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be deceived: ‘evil company corrupts good habits.’”
Proverbs 13:21 “Whoever walks with the wise will become wise; whoever walks with fools will suffer harm.
2 Timothy 2:16-17 “Avoid godless, foolish discussions that lead to more and more ungodliness.”
Fear-talk spreads like cancer, and expects you to join in. Soon, your mind resumes fearful thoughts and replaces God’s promise to you. Living in God’s peace depends on choosing your close friendships wisely.