Fear

  • 2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (New King James Version – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.)
  • 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
  • Psalm 27:1-3 The Lord is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.
  • Psalm 91:1, 5-7, 15-16 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty….You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. … I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.
  • Additional scriptures: Psalm 34:4, Psalm 23:4, Psalm 56:3, Psalm 112:7, Hebrews 11:6, 1 Peter 3:6, 14, Matthew 6:25-34, Luke 12:22, Luke 12:25-26, Luke 12:29, Isaiah 41:10, Proverbs 3:24, Jeremiah 1:8, Matthew 10:31, Mark 5:36.

Fear in no way belongs to the born-again believer. Jesus has redeemed us from that curse. We have a right to live like Adam did prior to the fall. Notice that it is only once Adam and Eve had taken of the fruit they were ordered not to that they became afraid. Since Christ bought back what the enemy had stolen, you have a right to live in peace and joy, having total trust and faith in the God that has redeemed you. It’s God’s desire that you would trust Him and His Word and be free from fear.

How to deal with fear:
  1. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. Pray in the Spirit for hours until you break the hold of the enemy on your life in the area you fear. Command the specific fear to go in the Name of Jesus. (If you don’t understand what praying in the Spirit means, see topic Holy Spirit Baptism.)
  2. You have been given a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. When you sense fear, resist it and command it to leave in the Name of Jesus. Renew your mind and take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). Do as instructed in Philippians 4:8 and think of what is pure, admirable, etc. Realize that Jesus came to set the oppressed free (Luke 4:18). Romans 8:6 states: “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”
  3. Meditate on scriptures related to faith and peace to build your spirit up in these areas. Put the Word in your heart. This will help you be prepared against Satan’s next attack. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the freedom God meant for you to have. The truth will set you free (John 8:32).
  4. Praise Him and worship God for extended periods of time (1 hour) to break the enemy’s hold on you.  As you behold God and surrender to Him, you’ll enter His presence. The Word says that where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17).
  5. Develop your trust in God by spending time in the Word and in prayer daily. Isaiah 26:3 states: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
  6. If fear is a stronghold in your life and you can’t shake it off on your own, ask your church leadership if they have a freedom or deliverance ministry and seek their assistance.


Call to action:
Determine to be free from fear as it is crippling and can render believers ineffective for the kingdom of God. Fear is the opposite of faith and without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).