Putting Fear On the Run
With One of My Favorite Verses of Scripture

by Barbara Hamel


“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of [Holy Spirit dunamis] power and of [God's unfailing agape] love and of a [the] sound mind [of Christ].” (2 Timothy 1:7)


Since childhood this has been one of my favorite verses of Scripture.  Everyone struggles with fear in one way or another.  The most important thing to know about fear is that God’s not the one passing it out.  


If the Bible says He’s not passing out fear, then who is?  Satan.  That’s who. 


Satan is passing out fear and hoping you’ll just accept it – no questions asked.  He wants to hook you with fear.  Why?  Because, as Jesus said, he is the thief who came to steal, to kill and to destroy. (John 10:10)  He’s out to steal your peace.  He’s out to kill your dreams.  He’s out to destroy your hope for a better life, a happy, loving family, a healthy body, joyful relationships and a reason for living.


So, what do you do when fear comes to you?  You resist it.  You say “No” to fear.  You refuse to sign for it and accept it.  You say right out loud, “No way, Satan.  I don’t receive your fear.  You can’t fool me.  I resist you and your spirit of fear in Jesus’ Name.” (James 4:7)


Once you say a loud “No” to fear, open your mouth and say a loud “Yes” to God’s power.  God is offering you power over fear, Satan and all the rotten plans he has for you.  He gives you this power through the Person of the Holy Spirit who indwells every Believer. (Luke 10:19) 


As a matter of fact, everything Jesus Himself did, He did by the power of the Holy Spirit. 


“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power; who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)


The same Holy Spirit power that enabled Jesus to run the devil out of people’s lives is available to you. 


“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you...” (Acts 1:8)


Not only is God offering you power over Satan and his cruel plans, God is offering you His love.  This is very important for all of us to understand.  People who do not know how much God loves them have no confidence.  They have no confidence that God will back them up when they resist Satan and his spirit of fear.


“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear hath torment...” (1John 4:18)


Perfect love is a reference to God’s perfect love for you.  When you have confidence in how perfectly God loves you, you will never fear anyone or anything again.  When you have confidence that God loves you, no matter how bad, sad, ugly or horrible the past has been, you will never back down from the devil again. 


And there’s more.  Not only does God pour His perfect love UPON you, He pours His perfect love WITHIN you.


“...the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Romans 5:5)


Because God’s perfect love has been shed abroad in your heart, you can supernaturally forgive all who have ever wronged you for any reason.  This results in tremendous power for you.  The Bible says that faith works by love. (Galatians 5:6)  When you refuse to hold grudges, your faith becomes tremendously effective.  It’s a Spiritual Law.  Faith works by love and it will work every time. 


Sound impossible?  To forgive, I mean?  Simply say, “Father, let Your forgiveness flow through me to (person’s name), in Jesus’ Name.”  You will be surprised by what happens.  God’s Word guarantees it will be good. (James 1:17)


Fear.  It always comes from Satan.  God has given you power over it.  Resist it in Jesus’ Name.  God, in His perfect love for you, will back you up every time. 


Forgive.  Simply ask God to help you if forgiving is a problem.  He’s not angry.  He wants to help you.  He’s waiting for you to ask. 


The wonderful end result will be soundness of mind.  Soundness of mind because fear is tormenting and perfect love casts out that fear. (1John 4:18)  


When the fear goes, the torment goes with it.  This is what the Bible refers to as “...the mind of Christ.” (1Corinthians 2:16


Power, love and a sound mind can all be yours today.  


It all starts by saying, “Jesus, You’re my choice.” (Romans 10:13) 


That’s when Satan realizes that he’s the one in trouble now, not you. 


That’s when you really start putting fear on the run.


Be Blessed ... Barbara and John Hamel



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