2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP) 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].
What if I told you today that fear is an identity problem? Fear is described as false evidence appearing real but what if it all comes down to a mistaken identity. If you knew who you were and what you were created to do, then fear would most certainly not waste precious moments of your life any longer, myself included.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear…
This is a statement of truth that needs to become foundation in our life as a believer to release the full potential of faith in our life. God did not give you or me a spirit of timidity, cowardice of fear. He didn’t because it would be contradictory to His Plan for us from the beginning. These are God’s Words when He decided to intentionally and purposefully create humans:
Genesis 1:26-28 (AMP) Then God said, “Let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness]; and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.” So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them [granting them certain authority] and said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subjugate it [putting it under your power]; and rule over (dominate) the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
By design, you and I are created to “have complete authority”. Our designated dominion is “over the entire earth”. God created us in His Image. He is Sovereign and Omnipotent. God blessed the work of His Hands “granting the certain authority”. The word certain as used in this passage means confident, sure, fixed, agreed upon and settled. The purpose and position of people was completely considered in God’s Creation of them. They would have full power, authority and dominion over the earth and everything in it. This is your destiny, as well as mine.
Psalm 8:4-8 (AMP) What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
David wrote these words of affirmation. The description of destiny that included God’s Perception of His Creation. What is mankind that you are mindful of that? Human beings that You care for them? David understood the position of people. “You made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet.” Fear is a faith killer that removes people from their destiny. It convinces them of a calling other than the one of authority and power that God created them for. Yes, including you. So what happened? How did people become overcome with the spirit of fear? Sin…
Sin separated us from God. We no longer aligned with His Plan. We could not continue in the Kingdom. He sent Jesus Christ to regain us so that our identity as Children of God could be fully restored including the call to power and authority in this life. It is our privilege to know God, love Him and serve Him. It is His Good Pleasure to give us His Kingdom again. In order to have confident faith, one must discard constant fear.
James 4:7 (AMP) Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Stress, worry, and anxiety are all byproducts of fear. In order to overcome fear, one must come to recognize, know and fully understand their relationship potential with God enough to leave a life of impoverished slavery behind. Christ in us restores the power and authority that the Father originally gave us. The enemy hands us fear to hold on to but it is up to us to take hold of faith. Submitting our life to God is a benefit that far outweighs the risk. What keeps us from fully serving God with our whole life? Fear. When the enemy tempted Jesus in the wilderness, how did He overcome the liar? Jesus used the Word of God. The Word demonstrated the fullness of the power and authority of God’s Word that day to show us how to overcome fear in our everyday life. We must resist the temptation accept fear. We must reject the life of the enemy. We do this by receiving the fullness and richness of God’s Word and submitting our life to live in alignment with it and develop the character of God’s Child in order to receive all the power and authority that goes with it.
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 Corinthians 10:5 (AMP) We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is about the centurion’s faith. He was a man of authority who recognized the power of Jesus Christ. He took Jesus at His Word. In fact, he told the Lord, “But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” He didn’t need Jesus to come over, hang out, or do some crazy thing to make him believe. The centurion understood power and authority so he recognized it in Christ. (Matthew 8) Another story that comes to mind is of the desperate father seeking healing for his child. He says to Jesus, “…if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Jesus shot back, “If I can…everything is possible for one who believes.” The father cried out, “Help me overcome my unbelief.” (Mark 9) Do you believe? Faith and fear are not coexistent. One must bow down to the other. It is up to each one of us to know and understand our identity as Children of God and live like it. This means refusing fear. We must demolish the ongoing argument for power in our mind to experience God’s Power and Glory in our life. We must take captive every thought and subject it to faithful obedience to Christ. Fear is not a given. God didn’t give it to you. He gave us faith instead. Faith has the power to change our life forever. It starts with the rejection of fear. Make the decision to give up fear today. It doesn’t have to be all at once. It doesn’t look good on us. No one is made for it. Fear doesn’t belong to you – faith does!