Fear can be the most paralyzing emotion an individual can experience. Fear shuts us down. It keeps us from moving forward in our lives. Fear keeps us from becoming who God intended us to be. Fear is a tool of the devil used to cripple us in our spiritual walk and growth.
Fear is not of God. There are many scriptures that command us to not be afraid, to be courageous. Those scriptures encourage us by helping us to understand that God is with us and will free us from fear. There are two kinds of fear; fear of something or someone and awe or reverence toward something or someone. Everytime the scripture tells us to fear, it is the awe and reverence, not fear the way we most commonly use the word today. When the scripture tells us not to fear, it is referring to the fearful or terrorized feelings that hold us back.
- For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
- Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32 NIV
- Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. 1 John 4:18 NLT
If we have fear of something or someone and it makes us weak, powerless and undisciplined, reactive or crippled in our lives, that is the spirit of fear. The spirit of fear is just that; a spirit that produces fear in us by compromising our godly belief systems and instilling in us belief systems that go against godly truth.
The godly fear that is an awe, reverence and respect for God does not paralyze us or hold us back, but draws us to God, enriches our lives and brings us peace.
- You must always act in the fear of the Lord, with faithfulness and an undivided heart. 2 Chronicles 19:9 NLT
- Fear of the Lord leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm. Proverbs 19:23 NLT
- True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life. Proverbs 22:4 NLT
This is the kind of worshipful, humble awe and respect that we must have toward God if we want to live peacefully with others and with peace in our own hearts. If we exercise this kind of fear, we will not be stressed out by life, events and people even when we are in the midst of stressful events. God’s peace will rule our hearts. Fear gives control of your life over to someone or something outside of yourself while the fear of the Lord gives you back your control. The spirit of fear has an assignment. That assignment is to place you in bondage and to control you in ways you do not want to be controlled.
So, how do I know when there is a spirit of fear to whom I have given control? There will be both emotional and physical symptoms. If you have five or more of these physical symptoms, you may want to look into how to free yourself of the spirit of fear (demon) who is working in your life.
Physical manifestations of a spirit of fear in your body.
Tense, light muscles, especially neck, shoulders or jaw
Elevated blood pressure
Numbness and tingling in limbs
Heartburn, hyperacidity, indigestion
Colitis, peptic ulcer
Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, asthma
Chest pain, angina
Allergies, frequent colds
Dry mouth, lump in throat
Chronic fatigue, exhaustion, low energy
Weakened immune system
Overweight, out of shape
Trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep
Cold hands or feet
Depressed, don’t enjoy life, no enthusiasm, disillusioned
Emotionally drained, mentally strained
Personally devalued, broken spirit
Impatient, overly demanding
Fearful or scared
Can’t recognize and address the problems
Nervous, fidgeting, can’t keep still
Cry easily, emotions on surface
Can’t concentrate, forgetful
Difficult getting out of bed in the morning
Cynical, pessimistic, negative, sarcastic
Can’t turn off certain stressful thoughts of feelings
Feel overwhelmed, overtaxed, overloaded, over committed
Having difficulty adjusting to change
No sense of humor, don’t laugh much anymore
Feel driven by “musts,” should’s,” gottas,” and other perfectionist or approval-seeking self-talk
Have trouble letting go of a major disappointment
Feel out of control
Find it difficult to bounce back from setbacks
Inattentive to details
Can’t think clearly, reduced creativity
Job performance is deteriorating or not what it could be
Unable to channel energy into productive actions
Overeat, lost my appetite, don’t take time to eat or to eat right
Depend on other drugs or chemicals
Avoid people, withdraw
Nervous behavior (e.g. bite nails, pace, fidget, can’t keep still)
Always in a hurry, pressed for time
Take tranquilizers to relax
Overreact or under react to stressful situations
Do self-defeating, non confronting things to forget my stress (e.g. shopping spree, eating binges, etc.)
Am addicted to work (e.g. always working late or bringing work home)
Try to be “Superhuman” scramble like crazy to have it all, do it all, be it all
Overly competitive or hard-driving, even in non-competitive situations
Must fill every moment with achievement-oriented behavior
Set unrealistic and often unnecessary deadlines
I have copied these symptoms from:
There are several sites online where you can find this list of symptoms.
Joyce Meyer says:
Facing Fear and Finding Freedom
by Joyce Meyer
If you don’t remember anything else from this article, remember that fear is not from God but from Satan. See Second Timothy 1:7. Every time you feel fear in your life, it’s a manifestation of the kingdom of darkness. I often say in my teachings that fear is the “master spirit.” It’s the spirit Satan uses to try to rule God’s people and keep them from coming under the leadership of the true Master, Jesus Christ.
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There are over 50 scriptures on fear. I think God understands the fear trap we so often end up in and wants us to know all about it and how to overcome it. My bottom line is this:
- Get to the root where the spirit of fear was permitted entry into your life. That would be a memory or event where you accepted that spirit’s deception or where the door was opened in your heart to the spirit by you or someone in authority over you.
- Find out what you are feeling and believing in that place.
- Ask God for truth to dispel anything that has taken root there.
You will know when you have succeeded when the truth brings lasting peace in that issue or memory. The truth will never go against what the scriptures teach us. The truth will set you free. Fear is not of God. Fear places us in bondage to an evil spirit. Fear holds us back from What God intended for us.
Do not allow the spirit of fear to remain as master of your life. That is the job of Jesus Christ. He wants your full attention, your full devotion and all of your worship. You cannot give that to Him if you submit to the spirit of fear.
If you need help to free yourself of the spirit of fear, please contact your pastor or Christian counsellor for help. Find an inner healing prayer minister who knows how to get to the root of these things and spend time with the Lord in His Word.
God bless you all!