Second Timothy 1:7 NKJV says "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." The Contemporary English Version (CEV) says "God's Spirit doesn't make cowards out of us. The Spirit gives us power, love and self-control."
The world tells us "oh, a little fear is healthy." No, that's not true, especially in the Kingdom of God. Fear in any area is an entry point of the devil. He will use that fear to creep in and cause us to make decisions out of fear. He'll take that little opening and grow it so big until we are living our lives completely out of fear. Fear produces anxiety, which leads to depression. (Proverbs 12:25). It also produces pride and we know pride is a destroyer.
I had some deeply rooted fears in the area of relationships. I was severely afraid of being rejected and abandoned because that's all I knew. That fear caused me to make some very bad choices and accept things that were not good for me. It wasn't until 2012 that I really began to allow the Lord to completely rid me of fear. God became my "more than enough." I am no longer afraid to be Tamara because fear made me believe Tamara wasn't good enough. The bible tells us that the devil is the father of all lies. (John 8:44) The Holy Spirit is the spirit of truth. (John 16:13) I encourage you today to ask yourself "what lies have I believed about myself? Do I have fear anywhere?" Allow the Lord to minister to your heart and rid your heart of all fears. "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things..." (Matthew 12:35). © 2017
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