You Do Not Have To Live In Fear
by Lanette Alderson
Rom 8:15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father! (AMP)
Fear is bondage. God doesn't want us to be in bondage or in slavery to anything. He wants us to be free. We have a covenant of freedom from bondage, and anything trying to enslave us. Dread or fear of anything leads to depression. God's people should live in peace and not be constantly harassed by a black cloud of oppression, or depression hovering over and around them. Why? Because all of that brings torment. Fear brings torment. We are not to live with torment in our lives. That is not God's perfect will for our lives. He wants our minds to be free of tormenting thoughts.
2 Tim 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. (AMP)
2 Tim 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of fear but a spirit of love and a sound mind.
We have a covenant of Peace, to keep our minds free from torment. We are to have a sound mind, a mind that is calm, and not fear harassed, and oppressed with dread and other thoughts that doesn't edify it. We need to discipline our minds and control our thoughts, so we can be free from torment. "How do I control my thoughts? They just kinda take over." I'm glad you asked that. They will take over until you learn that you are to be in control, not your thoughts. We shouldn't let our minds take off on us, thinking whatever it pleases.
Whenever a thought of fear comes to me, and that feeling of fear, I stop and say, there is no fear here. I do not live in fear. I do not take this fear. God has not given me a spirit of fear. I take this thought captive and toss it out. If it doesn't edify me, then its not to be accepted. I also say, shut up satan, or shut up devil, when some thought I know isn't right pops into my head. Like say, I will be listening to someone, and some thought of criticism just pops into my thoughts out of the blue. Yeah right out of the blue. That's the enemy. I say, I am not critical, and I will not criticize this person, because it does not edify them or me. If I am in the room with them, or someone else is around I don't want to talk in front of them, I say it to myself, or silently. God will honor that, whether its said out loud or silently. I say it outloud anytime I can, though.
2 Pet 1:2 May grace (God's favor) and peace (which is perfect well-being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts) be multiplied to you in [the full, personal, precise, and correct] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.