Knowing How Fear Operates and Getting It Out
Part 2 - Fear of Loss
Grief is from the fear of loss; grief is when you sense loss, or you are reacting to a sense of loss before you’ve lost anything.
Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Faith is the substance of things not seen. You act on the Word of God before you have even seen it, believing it to be true. Fear is acting on the sense of loss or the sense of terror when you have no real proof of what is going to happen. So, you’re having faith in fear’s ability to make itself come to pass. You react to fear. The spirit of fear will put an image in your mind of something it wants you to believe is going to happen. You hear something at night, and the spirit of fear will put a image in your mind of someone breaking in, and then it will add images until it can get you to “pick one”, Pick an image, any image” and then when you pick one, it magnifies itself in your mind as you dwell or think on that “video image in your mind.”
For instance, a woman is alone at night. She hears a noise. At first, she might think, “Oh, it’s just the wind.” But, the spirit of fear will say, “Someone’s trying to get in and rape you, or rob you.” He will just try to get you to accept something it “could” be. The more you “meditate on those images” the more fear will rise up within you. Your heart starts to beat a little faster as you dwell on those images, and you might get sweaty on your palms or under your arms. What is that? You’re allowing a spirit of fear to attack your thoughts, and your imagination.
Your imagination is a powerful tool that can be used for faith to bring God’s words to come to pass in your life to benefit you, OR your imagination can be used as a powerful tool for Fear to work with and in, to bring the bad things of darkness to come to pass in your life. We choose what to use our imagination on. We choose what to “meditate on”. Meditate just means what you think about in images. What are you allowing your mind to dwell on? Images of faith that line up with what God has already told you? Or Images of fear that lines up with what the enemy has planned for your life?
Images of fear tells the woman who heard the noise outside her house, there is a man who is going to break in and do awful things to you. Your mind will see these images. Now, if you are on to fear, you will stop and say, “I take authority over my thoughts, and say that I will not have those images in my mind! I think only on those things that are lovely, pure, and of a good report. This is not a good report, or a good image, so I refuse to think on this. I choose to think on the truth that says, My God will protect me according to Psalms 23. You are my Protector, God, and no weapon formed against me will prosper.”
If it was just the wind and nothing, you just stopped fear. But, you ask, what if it was someone coming to harm me? Well then, God is still your Protector, and nothing is going to happen if you trust your Protector to take care of you. No one will get in. You can plead the blood of Jesus around your house, and set your angels to guard over you, your children, and your house, where no one can come in and harm you or your family. We can trust God to be our Protector.
I used to be afraid of the dark; afraid someone would get in and get me. I feared sleeping soundly because I didn’t want to be awakened by some strange man who may have broken in. It was a very real fear, and many women, and even men have this fear. When I began living alone when I was 20, I trained myself to stop sleeping soundly, so I could hear if anyone ever tried to get in. I didn’t want to be “surprised”. Thankfully, even though I dwelt on images I shouldn’t have, God protected me, and nothing like that ever happened. I’m now 49.
Next in Part 3, I’ll teach on Psalms 23. it will be a little different from the way you’ve heard it, probably.
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He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. The protection of the Shepherd comforts me. This teaching on fear is very applicable to daily Christian life. You have done a super job on this lesson. Thanks.