There is a dragon that is always waiting to attack. He breathes fiery lies that attempt to destroy us. His mission is to melt away our self confidence, steal our motivation and cripple us from becoming who God has called us to be. Everyone has had to fight him. He is the dragon of fear. If you are looking for ways to defeat him…you can’t. In our own strength the dragon always wins. There is one who can defeat the dragon who is more powerful and the one in whom we need place our trust.
As Psalm 56:3 says: When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Fear is something we will always face. The question is will we allow it to cripple us and shut us down or will we place our trust in the God?
2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) says: For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Notice it says a “Spirit of Fear”. Fear in some cases is a good emotion. This verse is talking about a “Spirit of Fear” The devil tries to attack us with a demonic spirit of fear. This spirits objective is to grab a hold of your life and work against you and keep you from moving forward in God. But be encouraged because God on your side!
What’s amazing about this verse is that it makes the bold statement that God has NOT given us a spirit of Fear and he has given us the tools to overcome fear! God HAS given us POWER, LOVE and SELF-DISCIPLINE. I
It takes all three to slay the dragon of fear and move areas of our life from breakdown to breakthrough!
1. God has given us POWER
The word power in this verse is the Greek word “dynamos” it means: miraculous, power, might, strength. This word dynamite derives from this Greek word for meaning power! So God’s power in our life is like dynamite that blasts away fear and breakthroughs any and all barriers!
2. God has given us LOVE
Scripture tells us that there is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear! (See 1 John 4:18) The fear dragon is destroyed when we understand the fullness of God’s love that has been given to us! Ephesians 3:18 (NLT) says: 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. God’s love is deep and wide. His love never fails us! As 1 Timothy 1:7 says, His Love has ALREADY been given to us. We possess it.
3. God has given us SELF-DISCIPLINE
Here is the definition of self discipline: “the ability to control one’s feelings and overcome one’s weaknesses; the ability to pursue what one thinks is right despite temptations to abandon it.”
God has given you his explosive power, all of his love and the ability to control one’s feelings and overcome one’s weaknesses with the ability to pursue what is right despite temptations to abandon it. WOW!
Time to slay the dragon of fear! You have everything you need in Christ to overcome any and all fears.
Questions: Where do you struggle with fear? What do you think about fear after reading this blog post? Let me know! Leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you!
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