Fear is a sin. Therefore it must be dealt with as any sin through confession, repentance and forgiveness. Freedom is gained and maintained by walking out the truth and implementing the 8 R’s to Freedom.
What is fear?
·Being afraid, scared, worried, anxious, concerned that a bad thing is going to happen.
·Projecting into the future.
·Manifests as: 1. Fight or flight progressing to
2. Resistance reaction culminating in
The body and hypothalamus don’t know the difference between the two types of fear. Our body responds the same way to both. It produces the same hormones in reaction to fear and was not built to live in continual, on- going fear.
Fear is a sin
Fear at its root is a spiritual problem. The medical and psychiatric community acknowledges that fear, anxiety and stress cause many diseases.
---a mental disorder that causes somatic symptoms---
Psychosomatic or Somatoform disorders are among the most common psychiatric disorders found in general practice.
It is a condition of dysfunction or structural damage in bodily organs through inappropriate activation of the involuntary nervous system and the glands of internal secretion.
Psychosomatic disorder is mainly used to mean a physical disease which is thought to be caused, or made worse, by mental factors. Some physical diseases are thought to be particularly prone to be made worse by mental factors such as stress and anxiety.
Fear is a lack of trust in God. Fear is a lack of faith. Because of this, fear is a sin.
And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (Rom...14:23.)
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Tim. 1:7)....
This spirit of fear is not from God; it is contrary to God. Over and over God says, “Fear Not!” Jesus says what is behind the fear is not trusting God. That which is not of faith is sin. When we have fear we are out of faith.
Who is the most fearful creature in creation?
Satan because he knows he’s already lost and his time is short.
Take no thought for tomorrow, be careful for nothing
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body,what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? (Mt. 6:25)
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (Mt. 6:31)
And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. (Lk. 12:22).
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Phil. 4:6).
Fear is always a speculation – a projection into the future.
You cannot argue a person out of their fears
Logical arguments don’t work because the whole process is fear. Fear can be very logical, but it is based on no faith and not trusting God. We need to help the person see that the whole process of their thinking is the problem.
Fear and faith are equal– they both project into the future and both demand to be fulfilled.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.(Heb. 11:1).
Fear is the substance of things NOT hoped for.
We defeat fear by making right choices right now.
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Cor. 10:5).
The antidote to fear is relationship with God. Make yourself eternal. If you constantly hear“but what if ___________ happens?” you are listening to fear. You can’t argue against “what if…”
Ministering around fear
·Fear exacts a tremendous toll on the body.
· Fear is living in a projected future that is not good. Fear ultimately is not trusting God; it is alack of faith when we listen to fear.
·Worry is torment.
·The way to cast out fear is to love the person and help them receive love from God.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (1Jn.4:18)
·Fear is dealt with through faith: choosing and receiving love from God and others and giving love. Many times it is a process. Sometimes we have so many fears that they need to be dealt with one a t a time. In addition, things such as unloving spirits may be blocking someone from receiving love.
·When we try to avoid our fears, this too is an act of fear. The only way to defeat those fears is to face them.
·A large part of our walk-out is facing our fears. In our day-to-day lives is where and when fear comes at us.
· For this reason, fear is not dealt with first in ministry. Anything that is not love towards us can take us into fear. If we don’t feel safe with someone this can take us into fear. Accusation, bitterness can be an open door to fear. Self bitterness can take us into fear. Not feeling good, insecurity, not feeling safe can feed fear. Rejection, not being loved, can send us into fear.
· Love and fear cannot coexist at the same time.