Just turning on the news these days is enough to strike fear into anyone. All we see and hear is bad news. But as the children of God, scripture instructs us not to fear (see references below). So does this mean that fear is a choice? Do we have the option to be afraid or not be afraid? A sudden sense of fear can come upon you as a warning of an unsafe situation. In this instance it would be more of a discernment than a fear which many have probably experienced. But the spirit of fear brings torment and it can come in many forms. Have you ever watched the TV show called Hoarders? These are people who cannot throw anything away and are prisoners to a spirit of fear. Their houses have filled up to the ceiling, in some instances, with what we would consider junk. But to the hoarder, these possessions have developed meaning and value. Family members and workers are brought in to help them clean out their homes. And during the cleanup process, the hoarders many times are cut to the core with anxiety and fear over parting with these possessions. In almost every episode, this anxiety is brought on by some trauma they’ve experienced in their past which more than likely opened the door to the spirit of fear. You can actually see their anguish in parting with these items. There is a torment that comes with the spirit of fear as it takes root in a person’s life. So is it as easy as deciding not to fear? If you back that decision up with the Word of God it is! Fill your mind with these thoughts: “Surely He shall deliver me from the snare of the fowler; Under His wings I shall take refuge; I shall not be afraid of the terror by night nor the arrow that flies by day… it shall not come near me; no evil shall befall me; nor any plague come near my dwelling!; His angels shall bear me up; I shall tread upon the lion and the cobra; and with long life He will satisfy me; In God will I trust, I will not be afraid, what can man do to me?!” Guard your heart and your mind by filtering the things you allow yourself to think about! Reject any worrisome, anxious thoughts that try to overtake your mind and think on things that are lovely and of a good report! Read Psalm 91:1-16 to build yourself up. Guarding your heart and your mind is up to you and it will determine the course of your life!
Do not fear or be afraid: Gen 15:1; Gen 26:24; Ex 14:13; Deut 1:21; Deut 20:1; Josh 1:9; 2 Chron 20:15, 17; Isaiah 41:10; Matt 14:27; Matt 28:10; Mark 5:36; Luke 12:4; Luke 12:32; John 6:20; Rev 1:17
18 There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love. 1 John 4:18 (MSG)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. II Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things. Philippians 4:6-8 (NKJV)
23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)