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What is Fear?

Dec 5, 2002
By Rick L King

What is this thing called fear? Where does it come from? Is it just a word we casually use or is there more to it than we realize? Letís look at the word from Godís perspective as written in His Word.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (KJV)

The Greek lexicon in the Online Bible program says that fear is timidity, fright, or cowardice.
God tells us that fear is a spirit. He also says that He did not give it to us. Let me prove by the scripture why this is so. The Word says that God is love (1 John 4:8,16). Also we find in
1 John 4:18 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. (KJV)

If God is love, and there is no fear in love, then fear cannot be from God. God said that it is a spirit of fear. A spirit of fear comes from the pit of hell. It is a demonic spirit. It has a purpose in attacking us. The rest of the scripture in I Timothy 1:7 says that God gave to us power, love, and a sound mind. This scripture is so fabulous as it tells us what the enemy endeavors to steal from us when we walk in fear. 1 John 4:8 says perfect love casts out all fear. Our love is perfected as we are in Christ. Jesus is not fearful.

If you have ever experienced fear didnít it separate you from power, love, and a sound mind? These three things are what we have when we are in Christ.


Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

When fear manifests it will block the power that God gave to you. You become powerless over the enemy. He then can hurt you, as you have no defense. You can not even go on the offense, as you are stopped in your tracks so to speak. Your power is the Holy Spirit within you. When you are not yielding to the Holy Spirit but instead are yielding to a demon spirit of fear, then you have no God given power to stand.


1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Notice that God is love and that as we dwell in love we dwell in God. The enemy does not want us to dwell in God or His love. Fear separates us in the sense that to whom we serve we are servants too (paraphrased Ro 6:16 KJV). Fear controls us, as does every demonic spirit when it manifests. If we are under the control of fear, then we cannot be yielded to Godsí love.

Sound Mind:

1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

The sound mind is the mind of Christ. This is the mind that should be ruling us, not a fearful mind.

Fear is a ploy of the enemy to steal these things from us. I consider fear to be negative faith. Godsí faith in us produces good things. The enemyís negative faith produces harmful things. Fear is not just a word it is a demon spirit.

So what is the answer? Can I be free from all fear?

Psalms 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

David said that first he sought the Lord. God was the one that delivered him from all of his fears. God is the deliverer. If you have fear, then you need to be delivered. If you will seek the Lord, and be obedient to His leading, you will be set free from all fears.

I want to cover a little about deliverance. Many Christians seem to dismiss this ministry of the Holy Spirit. I think mainly this happens because of pride. We just do not want to admit that a demon spirit has any hold or part in us. Unfortunately this is rarely the case. Most everyone has gone through things that a demonic spirit entered them that they need delivered from. If fear causes you a problem, then you need to be delivered. No, fear is not you; it is a demonic spirit that you do not have to live with. God gave you and I power over it through the name of Jesus Christ.

I would encourage you to seek the Lord to be set free of all fear, as did David in the Psalms. Seek out people that know their authority in Jesus as they can help you with this. There are many ministries today that know how to cast out demons. You only will deal with this spirit if you choose too. It is not the will of God that you are held captive by a spirit of fear. You cannot be effective in the Kingdom when fear grips you. Sometimes we must swallow our pride and seek help. I had to do this. I had many spirits at one time that held me in bondage. As I went to people that worked in the deliverance ministry, I was set free. I do not deal any more with fears. I have been delivered of fears by Godís grace and the power of the Holy Spirit. I now know my authority over them. I am no longer scared of them; they are scared of Jesus in me. God is no respecter of persons, He will deliver you from all fear if you will seek Him and do what He shows you to do. He may even just deliver you in your living room. God is never boxed in, but the first step is to realize what you are fighting and seek God for help. God is very faithful. He will deliver you. He will not ever let you down.

The world has so exhalted fear in movies and in so many other areas. Once you understand that fear is designed to keep you from functioning in God the way that He intended, you will hopefully stay away from things that promote fear. Fear is designed to kill your faith. It takes faith to please God. It takes faith to receive from God. It is so apparent why the devil wants to grip hearts with fear. He wants to stop people from entering in to all the Lord has for them. Some may push this truth off, yet it affects you in ways that you do not fully realize. It is out to kill, steal, and destroy you and all which God has and is for you.

The Word says that when we know the truth, the truth will set us free (John 8:32 KJV). What I have said is truth according to Godís Word. If you will heed these words, you will be set free. It worked for me, and it will work for you. God bless you as you seek a new freedom in the things of His precious Holy Spirit. Thanks for allowing me to share.

Copyright © 2007
By: Rick L. King
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Please contact me at rking58@hotmail.com if you have a need for this writing. Thank You.

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