There is a giant threatening and tormenting God’s people today, and it has a name, “coronavirus.” It is creating fear in the hearts of the Children of God, and it is vital that we recognize fear for what it is and overcome it. Fear comes in many forms. It can be outright in your face terror, or it can manifest in more subtle forms like anxiety and/or worry.
Decades ago, I heard Kenneth Copeland define worry as, “Meditation upon fear.” Just as meditating upon God’s Word empowers His Word to come to past in our lives, so meditating upon fear empowers fear to bring those things to past in our lives. We see this in the life of Job when he lamented, “For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me. (Job 3:25)
In Psalm 64:1 David prays an interesting prayer, “preserve my life from fear of the enemy!” David wasn’t praying for preservation from his enemy, he was praying for preservation from fear of the enemy. Why? Because he knew his enemy had no authority over him unless he yielded to fear!
As a young teenage boy, he was absolutely fearless when he faced Goliath who was over nine foot tall. All of Israel looked at this giant in terror and said, “He’s too big to hit!”
David looked at him in faith and said, “He’s too big to miss!”
However, in Psalm 64:1 David realizes that he is in the grip of fear. And when you are gripped by fear you are gripped by a spiritual force that is not from God. II Timothy 1:7 tells us, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind!”
Fear is the opposite of faith. Hebrews 11:1 reveals that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Therefore, fear is the substance of things dreaded, the
evidence of oppression not seen!
Isaiah 41: 10 contains what I believe to be both God’s most awesome command in the Bible and His most awesome promise. “Fear not, for I am with you!
I like to define fear as the darkroom of your life where all your negatives are developed. How do you destroy negatives? Simple, you expose them to light. And you destroy the negatives
in the darkroom of your life by exposing them to the light of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ, specifically His love! I John 4:18 proclaims, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.”
As you experience the reality of God’s love in your life it will destroy the torment of fear, even the torment that is the result of abusive relationships. In short, God’s love is greater than
Satan’s torment. Dare to stand up, square your shoulders and look Satan straight in the eye and proclaim your declaration of independence. “Satan, I’m a child of God. His light surrounds me, His love enfolds me, His presence watches over me, His power protects me, His glory is in my midst, and wherever I go, God goes with me!”
Then begin to praise and thank God for His love for you. As you do, the reality of His love will destroy the torment of fear in any way, shape, or form in your life!