Fear tries to convince us that we have no power.
Fear is more than an emotion. It’s more than a feeling we get before riding a roller coaster. It’s more than our insecurities. Fear is a spirit. It’s a spirit that tries to come upon us suddenly, manipulate our emotions and intimidate us.
The spirit of fear wants to convince us that we are powerless to change anything in our lives. It wants us to look at the darkness and negativity coming against us and think that we are unable to do anything about it.
However, when we receive the Holy Spirit we now have authority over the spirit of fear.
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control],” (2 Timothy 1:7 Amplified).
The Holy Spirit gives us a revelation of God’s perfect love for us. Knowing we are loved causes fear to dissipate (1 John 4:18).
He also gives us power to stand up to fear. The Holy Spirit is the opposite of a spirit of timidity. He is never intimidated by people or circumstances. He is the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead and He lives in us. The only reason we feel hopeless in the storms of life is because we believe we are powerless. The Holy Spirit is the living power of God inside of us and this should always give us hope. We no longer have to shrink back into worry or doubt when it seems like our lives are being turned upside down. We simply need to tap into the power that God has given us through His Spirit.
The Holy Spirit also gives us a sound mind.
This is essential when it comes to facing fear, because one of the first things fear goes after is our mind. If fear can get us to forget who we are in Christ, then it has already won the battle. A sound mind is one that stands on the solid rock of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to do this.
The Holy Spirit in us gives us the self-control to step back and remind ourselves that we are loved by God and filled with His power. These things give us the ability to face and overcome any storm that comes our way.
We should speak 2 Timothy 1:7 over ourselves and families every day. It will remind us of the Holy Spirit within us and who we are because of Him. We don’t have to receive the spirit of fear, because we have already received the Spirit of God.