For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
(In some translations, the verse begins: God hath not given us the spirit of fear…)
Where does the spirit of fear mentioned in 2 Timothy 1:7 come from?
The Word says that the spirit of fear does not come from God. Therefore, it has to come from our spiritual enemy. You know; he is the one who comes to devour and destroy. Yes that spiritual enemy! We need to clearly understand that EVERY time we are afraid of something, it is one of the Devil’s tricks designed to devour and destroy us. This not is to say that we should not or will not have fear. Fear is a natural experience that everyone faces on a daily basis. However, we must be aware of those things that make us fearful, understand where they come from, and learn how to effectively deal with them.
How should we deal with FEAR?
To overcome fear, we must do three things…
#1 Know that fear comes from our spiritual enemy, not from God.
#2 Know that fear can be overcome, and we have been equipped to deal with fear thanks to the love of God.
#3 Get into the Word to learn how the Bible instructs us to deal with fear.
How liberating is would be if we could check fear at the door every time it presents itself? Well we can! We can put an end to the deadly grip fear can hold over us by turning to God and the Word for guidance. Here is another verse that sums it up perfectly.
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.
Holy Bible, New International Version, NIV 2011 http://www.biblica.com/bibles/chapter/?verse=2+Timothy&version=niv