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Fear is a Spirit

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Fear is a Spirit

Fear is a spirit, but it’s not the right spirit. It’s not the Spirit of God.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “God didn’t give us a cowardly spirit but a spirit of power, love, and good judgment.”[1] That same scripture in the New King James translation says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear.”

A spirit of cowardice keeps us from making good decisions. A spirit of cowardice keeps us from stepping into the fray of life. Here’s what I’ve come to learn.

God can ONLY use me to the degree that I can stand the heat.

And in my most difficult moments I grow the most!

Jesus experienced every human emotion and feeling that we will ever experience. In the Garden of Gethsemane He tasted the fullness of fear. Most of us don’t know when we are going to die, and it’s for sure that we don’t know how. But Jesus knew both. His entire life He was preparing for death, and what a painful death it would be—a crucifixion.

Jesus had to come to that place of accepting His death and walking into that moment.

  • He literally sweat great drops of blood/He could have died right there!
  • Angels came and ministered to Him!

When Jesus arose from prayer He was at complete peace. He walked with confidence towards His captors. They didn’t take His life. He laid it down. Through faith and trust in God we can get to the place where we can face death itself without fear. I’ve seen it many times, and it’s amazing!

Jesus had frequently been called the son of David. It was His father, David who wrote those amazing words; “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for YOU are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”[2]

Paul boldly called Timothy to lay down his fear. “So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord or be ashamed of me, his prisoner. Instead, by God’s power, join me in suffering for the sake of the Good News.”[3]


[1] GW

[2] Psalm 23:4

[3] 2 Timothy 1:8 GW


About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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