2 Timothy 1:7
Thursday, March 27, 2014
It was a deep-seated fear – she didn’t like being alone, feared being attacked, and avoided lifts…
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Marie became a Christian but still struggled with fear. It was a deep-seated fear – she didn’t like being alone, feared being attacked, avoided lifts, and was over-anxious about her children coming to harm. She spent time planning escape routes and defence strategies from situations which were purely imaginary. And she lived with the lie: “This is just how I am”.
Who would not have sympathy for her – these feelings weren’t her fault. She had experienced an abusive upbringing, and also the death of an infant. Quite a lot had been stolen from her, emotionally.
When she received freedom prayer within a group of women she really trusted, they felt impressed to share that, although fear was part of her life, it was not part of her personality. The Bible says plainly, God has not given us a spirit of fear. She came to recognise that her fear was the result of hurt and grief, from rejection, abandonment and sorrow, upon which the enemy had built a paralysing stronghold of fear.
In prayer with others, she revisited these painful experiences and with help was able to renounce the enemy’s access to her thoughts and emotions, replacing the spirit of fear with the spirit promised in God’s Word – a spirit of love, power and a sound mind, or sound judgement (2 Tim. 1:7).
She also asked God’s forgiveness for being too accepting of the fear – for using the stronghold of fear as a prop, and as a reason for not trusting God and relating to Him as a loving and protective Father.
During that prayer time she felt a burden lift and a new lightness of spirit. Did the fearful thoughts stop? Not just like that. But she knew what they were, and where they were coming from. Therefore she was able to take the thoughts captive, so that she controlled them and not the other way round. She became good at recognising where fear was coming from and how to resist it, taking a stand in the authority she has as a Christian.
This is a story about whether you are able to control attitudes and behaviours, or whether you’re pulled and pushed about by them – effectively controlled by what is not of God.
There will always be scary moments, people who put us down, and situations where were forced to look above circumstances with the eyes of faith. The battle for our minds doesn’t raise the question “why?” The question is, how will we handle it – from a position of victory, or not?