Previously, we learned that situations that breed fear can bring out the best or the worst in you. In either case, both have the potential to draw you closer to God.
Having come to the understanding of the nature or identity of fear and its potential; let us take a closer look at the true intention of fear for an individual’s life.
- Fear Immobilizes You
One of the objectives of fear is to bring all movement in your life to a halt. Fear of the future for example, will keep you from making the decisions that would enable you to advance into your destiny. This is one of the tactics used quite frequently by the enemy. We know that the Lord tests our trust in and dependency on Him on every level; As a matter of fact, every test that God allows is designed to produce a higher degree of trust in Him. He gives instructions, often times withholding the details, as He did with Abraham (Genesis 12:1).
The enemy uses those opportunities to cause fear to cripple you so that you will not move in faith and in obedience to God. You will become immobilized, comfortable in the place of stagnancy because you will be unafraid there. But I dare say, if you do not walk in obedience to God’s directives, then fear would have accomplished its objective.
2. Fear Gives You Unrealistic Perspectives
Woo! This is a big one; it is a subtle evil that often goes undetected. Have you ever been so hurt that you become afraid of trusting others and of being hurt again? This in turn causes you to become highly critical and suspicious of the motives of the individuals that you come in contact with. It is almost as if you see each person as someone who has set out to hurt you because fear has given you a lens by which you see people, relationships, situations, and so on.
The following passage of scripture is a perfect example of fear given perspective.
Matthew 14:26 “And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.”
The disciples concluded that what they were seeing was a ghost, which turned out to be an inaccurate conclusion. Fear will show you things that are not there, it causes you to come to unrealistic deductions thereby putting you in a position of error.
The enemy uses fear in these ways to accomplish the respective objectives. More often than not, these assaults of fear come in more than one way at a time. The ultimate goal is to cause you to come out of faith. “And without faith, it is impossible to please God.”
Father, Your word tells me that I am not ignorant of the devil’s devices. Lord I recognize that this deadly weapon may have been used against me in more than one way, to paralyze me, to cause me to have false visions. I ask Lord that you would expose those areas in my life where this weapon has prevailed and help me to receive Your truth. I declare today that my sight is elevated, I see what You see Lord and I declare that You are producing movement in my life as Your word does its work. I pray in Jesus’ name, AMEN!
By Joanna Lloyd