I (Rebecca) have had a struggle with fear my whole life. I was born to parents who were ruled by fear. I was raised in a legalistic church where every member was controlled by fear. Fear of the terrible consequences if we did not obey our leaders in everything.
After I finally pulled out of that church and was later called by God into the area of spiritual warfare, fear was once again my worst enemy. I only began to have some victory after I learned that demon spirits can directly inject fear into us, and began to rebuke them in the name of Jesus Christ. Years later the Lord dealt with me once again and showed me that the final cure for fear is TRUST. Trust that God has a reason good enough for whatever He allows to come into our life, and that He WILL work all things together for good for His servants.
A major break through came when I learned to go into God’s court room as the absolute and final Judge of the universe. I then asked Him to break the yoke of fear off of my life at once and forever. The Lord did so, and I was marvelously free from fear for several years. I wrote about this in Unbroken Curses andStanding On The Rock.
However, slowly, as the years have passed, Satan has again very slowly, insidiously, placed that yoke of fear back onto my life. Once again it has become a daily struggle.
This should not be so because God’s Word says:
“But God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Do you struggle with fear? Do you wake up in the night hours and worry about a multitude of things? Do you fear for the future – how are you going to find a job, how are you going to find the money to meet bills, what is happening with your children, etc.? Recently, in my quite time, the Lord showed me another key to dealing with fear. Not only did I have to go back into God’s court room and ask Him to once again force Satan and his demons into obedience to make them stop tormenting me with fear, but I came across a scriptures in Philippians.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Peace is the opposite of fear. Life here on earth is uncertain and full of difficulties. Paul told the Philippians:
“For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake. Philippians 1:29
” . . . and not in anyway terrified by your adversaries, which is to them proof of perdition, but to you of salvation and that from God.” Philippians 1:28
Suffering is painful! I hurts! Satan and the demons want to keep us in bondage to the fear of suffering. But you can stand on the promise that “the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Stand on this promise and ask God to fulfill it in your life. He will be faithful to do so.
Then, stand and proclaim:
“Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him.
For the help of His countenance.” Psalm 42:5