For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJ)
Recently I had to have an operation on my knee for a badly torn cartilage plus damage to another cartilage. I was fearful because the last time I had an operation (many years ago) I had a reaction to the anaesthetic and my blood pressure had gone up to a dangerous level and the anaesthetist was very concerned. I remember waking up in my bed seeing my husbands frightened face saying ' thank goodness you are ok the Doctor's were really worried about you.' This past operation played on my mind and I had to keep addressing the fear. The way I addressed it was to declare, with the power and authority given to me by Jesus, that I have everlasting life . I told the fear of death to shut up and leave me alone. The bible tell us that if we submit to God and stand firm against the enemy and he will flee (James 4:7).
In these days I meet so many people who are bound by fear or anxiety. This is such a hindrance and stops us enjoying the 'abundant life' that Jesus promised us as well as stopping us doing those things that He has called us to do. It's important to note from the above verse, that God doesn't give us fear . Our enemy the devil loves us to be fearful. Yes we have an in built reaction to danger that will cause a number of automatic responses in our body that is commonly called flight, fight or freeze. The problem is we can get a habit of doing one of these things when no apparent danger is present . It is a 'perceived danger'. For instance if our house is on fire then our instinct is to run away (flight) because we are in danger. If, however we come out in a sweat when someone lights a match then this is a 'perceived danger'
We may something happen that is a trigger. We react because it reminds us of something in the past when we were in danger. The good news is, that in this instance, Jesus can come and visit our past trauma and bring healing. The Bible tells us that 'He is the same yesterday, today and forever' (Hebrews 13:8) so He can come and visit our yesterdays and be present, all we need do is ask Him to bring to mind the time that we are afraid of and invite Him to come by the power of the Holy Spirit. When fear comes we can use the power and authority that Jesus gives us (Luke 12:1) and in His name we can tell the fear to stop it and be gone.
Usually our fears boil down to three main ones:
The fear of death
The fear of being alone
The fear of being powerless or not in control
The bible has an answer to each one of these. When we identify what fear it is, use scripture and terrify the devil who whispers to us. Say the scriptures (the truth) out loud and the enemy (the liar) will flee.
The fear of death.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life John 3:16 (NIV).
Christians will never die as we have eternal life
The fear of being powerless or not being in control
Jesus gathered the disciples together and gave them power and authority to heal the sick, caste out demons..... Luke 9:1
Jesus gives us power and authority in his name, we need to give over control to Him.
Fear of being alone
And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age He will be with us always. Matthew 28:20
So let us terrify our enemy the devil and use scripture, declaring out loud the truth instead of listening to his whispered lies.