Have you ever had someone knock on your front door and when you peek through your peephole, it's someone you don’t want to see? You hope they didn't hear you coming to the door or the kids talking or maybe the dog barking. You wait to see if they will go away, but they knock even harder. So you open the door and let them in. They settle in and make themselves at home. You wish they would leave, but they won't go — after all, you let them in.
Fear is knocking — do not open the door
“For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.” – Job 3:25 (KJV)
It is so easy to open the door to fear, but that door can be one of the hardest to shut. It opens like a feather, but trying to close it is like pushing on steel.
So many believers have opened the door and allowed fear into their homes, minds and lives. They are continually thinking that something awful is going to happen to them or their household. It is unfortunate that we live in a society full of tragedy and agony. News concerning violence, shootings, deadly weather, terrorism and unexplainable disasters occurs much too frequently.
When these things happen, it is easy for fear to creep in. Fear can kill your faith and rob you of joy, so you must continue to speak the word of God over fear.
For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
Here are five tips to help you eliminate the poisonous thoughts that will rob you of the victorious life you desire to live.
Psalm 91:11 says, “He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go.” God sends his angels to intervene in our lives. More angels are working for us than demons are against us. One-third of the angels fell with Satan. This means that two-thirds of the angels in heaven are working on our behalf.
There is nothing stronger to combat the spirit of fear than to speak the Word of God. Fill your heart with God’s promises of provision and protection. Write Scripture on a sheet of paper and speak it out loud every day until you believe it.
Jeremiah 1:12 says, “I am watching over my word to perform it.” Everything God has spoken concerning you is carefully being attended to by God himself. He will keep his promises and bring his Word to pass.
Satan uses fear as a weapon. However, this verse from Isaiah 54:17 teaches us that if the enemy’s weapon attacks us, our faith can protect us.
Whether you realize it or not, it takes the same amount of energy to believe good things are coming your way as it does to believe bad things are going to happen. Begin today to focus your thoughts and energy on God’s goodness. Say to yourself, "I will spend my energy on thinking and expecting good things to happen, and not evil."
So when fear comes knocking at your door again, go into your heart where you have hidden the word of God, and send faith to answer the door. Fear will not be there, because it is an illusion that is self-created. Remember the words of Psalm 34:4: “I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."
Our lives may never be perfect, but we can live a life without fear when we know that no matter what, God will be with us wherever life's path leads.
Father, heal your people from the spirit called fear that comes to paralyze them. There are so many difficult things that have brought an alarm upon your people. We thank you that your Word is an antidote for fear. Help us to overcome fear in every area of our lives and in everything that you’ve called us to do. Thank you for being a faithful God who watches over all your words concerning us. Thank you for shielding your children from evil and ordering your angels to guard us wherever we go. In Jesus' name, Amen.