The Bible clearly says that God has not given us a spirit of fear (2 Tim. 1:7). So where does it come from? The devil.
When people say, “I’m afraid of this or that,” they are actually saying, “I’m allowing the devil to rule over this area of my life.”
It’s no fun to live life afraid. When I first began snow skiing, fear gripped me every time I went. I crashed a lot, and it wasn’t fun.
I discovered that music would take my mind off how tough the hills were. I became a fairly decent skier when I had my music going because I wasn’t afraid.
We can never be afraid of what might happen. There are a lot of “mights”! But we can’t worry about those things. We can’t become frightened when something tragic happens or because of the dangerous times facing our generation. We have to trust God.
We can never be afraid of what might happen. There are a lot of “mights”! But we can’t worry about those things.
The Power of God’s Protection
We need to understand the power of the Lord’s protection. My mom taught me Psalm 91 when I was very young. She always claimed it over our family, and today, I do the same with mine. It is also a psalm to read when we are filled with fear.
One time when I was around 10 years old, I was playing in the backyard with one of my friends. Mom went somewhere and left us at home. When we came inside to get something to drink, a man was banging on the front door. He could have been a salesman, but I immediately felt afraid. And he wouldn’t leave!
So I took my friend, grabbed a Bible, and said, “We are going to read Psalm 91.” By the time I finished reading, the man had left. It might have been no big deal, but my first instinct was to speak the Word when I felt danger. The Word works! But we have to know what it says.
Psalm 91:7 says if 1,000 people fall on one side of us and 10,000 on the other side, we won’t be hurt! Verse 3 (NLT) says we are protected from deadly diseases, and verse 10 (NLT) says that plagues won’t come near our homes. We don’t have to get the flu, the coronavirus, or any deadly disease that is going around. Jesus took stripes on His back so we could be healed!
Quit worrying about every situation and circumstance. Quit letting fear enter your heart because God did not give you a spirit of fear!
Being Led by the Spirit
Psalm 37:23 says the Lord orders our steps. Romans 8:14 (NKJV) says, “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” We should endeavor to be led by the Holy Spirit. But what does that mean?
It means that if we ever get a check in our heart about doing something, we shouldn’t do it. If something on the inside tells us not to go, we don’t go.
As my grandfather Kenneth E. Hagin always said, it’s like taking a bath with your clothes on. It doesn’t feel right. And if you don’t feel right, don’t do it!
My grandfather told about a time when he and the family were in Texas visiting minister friends. They were on the porch getting ready to leave when he said to the pastor, “I don’t feel like we should leave yet. I don’t know why, but we’re not going.”
They sat down and talked for another 15 or 20 minutes. Then my grandfather said, “I think it’s time to go.” After they left, they came across an accident where people had died. If they had left earlier, they would have been right there when it happened!
The Lord will lead, guide, and protect us, but we have to follow Him. We must listen to His still, small voice on the inside. And we need to speak the 91st Psalm over our families. We can have whatever we say and believe. We don’t have to fear!
Craig W. Hagin
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