by: Creflo Dollar
Fear is the reciprocal of faith. Just as faith opens the door for you to receive blessings from God, fear enables the works of the devil to wreak havoc in your life. Simply put, faith connects you to the promises of God, while fear connects you to the things you fear. There have been reports of people who were so afraid of dying in a plane crash, for example, that they actually died that way. And it was no coincidence. Their fear of death connected them to the accident. The same is true of people who are afraid of contracting cancer or some other terminal illness. Their fear of sickness is stronger than their faith in healing, and they ultimately contract and die from whatever disease they feared.
Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Likewise, fear comes by hearing, and hearing the words of Satan. When dealing with fear, you need to realize that Satan uses the things found in the natural realm against you. He tries to convince you that the things you can see and hear are more real than the truth of God’s Word. When you depend solely on what you can see and hear rather than on what God has said, you leave yourself open to deception.
Several years ago, I was involved in a near-fatal accident. Although I walked away unharmed, I was so afraid of injury and death after the accident that I became overly cautious when driving and I constantly worried about the safety of my family. If I had continued down that path, the things that I feared would surely have come to pass in my life. That’s exactly what happened to Job. His fear connected him and his family to tragedy (Job 3:25-26).
After I realized that I had given Satan access into my life, I confronted my fears. By doing that, the Holy Spirit revealed to me that all fear is born out of concern for self. Fear is rooted in selfishness. Therefore, to weed out fear, I first had to deal with selfishness. I challenged myself to locate and eliminate selfishness in every area of my life.
If you struggle with worry, fear or anxiety of any kind, you are not alone. Millions of people are so consumed with fear that it keeps them from walking in the peace and fullness of God. You must look closely at your life to discover areas where you may be dealing with fear. Then develop and maintain a God-consciousness by being more focused on God and His Word than you are on “self.”
In these last days, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to walk in fear. In fact, Luke 21:26 says that men’s hearts will fail them because of fear. But Believers can live fearlessly in these perilous times. Regardless of what may be happening around you, don’t allow fear to come into your life. God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). You have nothing to fear!
Make a decision today not to tolerate fear on any level.
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