Six doorways of fear enter our lives, and eight keys to overcoming fear
The Bible verse 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” But our lives are plagued with fear: fear of covid, fear of the covid vaccine, fear of death, fear of failure, or fear of disease. Some are afraid of evil spirits. Where does fear come from?
Here are six doorways where fear could enter our lives:
1. Occult, witchcraft, or worship of supernatural power outside of God brings fear.
The Bible Leviticus 20:6, says that God’s face turns away from the people who trust occult and witchcraft. People end up with fear when God’s face turns away. “As for the person who turns to [a]mediums and to spiritists, to play the prostitute with them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.”
In my inner healing ministry, I have seen many people who practice witchcraft also have a lot of fear. Because of fear, they exert control and manipulation.
2. We inherit fear from generations before us.
Sometimes, we do not practice witchcraft, but our generation before us did.
Southeast Asia Prayer Center (SEAPC.org) recently published a blog by me, and it was an excerpt from my book, the Lens of Love. It recorded the fear of evil spirits that I had. Because of ancestral worship and superstitions from my family background, I had this unusual fear of the evil spirit and what it could do to me.
In 2010, my husband and I answered a call on a medical mission to Tibet. We visited a Tibetan Buddhist temple in Phoenix with a group of friends to prepare. It was a place that I would not want to go to because I could be slammed by the evil spirit from the Buddhist temple. I also did a lot of research on gods or demons inside the temple. I heard this voice inside me: look how much attention you have given me. My heart leaped. What? That voice brought fear. That was the first time that I heard the voice of a demon so clearly.
3. We learn fear from our family.
Many times, people learn about fear from their families. Like physical DNA that can pass from one generation to another, fear is like spiritual DNA that can pass through generational lines until we take the authority to break it. A fearful mom has a child who is full of fear. A young man who suffered fear of insignificance also witnessed the struggle of his father’s fear of insignificance.
4. Fear comes when men willingly subject themselves to the enemy (serpent) in the garden of Eden.
Rightful position: We voluntarily relinquished the authority and dominion as the sons of God and traded that position to become lower than demons.
5. Fear enters when we forget who we are.
Identity: Adam and Eve were made in the image of God, and they have authority and dominion, yet they subject themselves to a snake.
Fear enslaves people. If we live in fear, we live in bondage. One of the foundational reasons for fear is that we lost our identity as a child of God.
With fear, we become like orphans and think and act like orphans. We have no one to trust but rely on ourselves. We are cut off from our life sources: provision, protection, and affirmation. Even after we have decided to follow Jesus, some still find it difficult to trust God and rely on Him fully.
6. Fear comes when men disobey God and sin against God and others.
Disobedience and sins: Genesis 3:9-12 is about the fall of the man, “Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.”
How do we overcome fear?
There are eight keys to overcoming fear.
- Face the fear and take action. My coach asked me to do a Facebook live once a week. Two weeks passed; I could not take the courage to do it. Finally, I did. I heard this voice inside me: who do you think you are? There are so many anointed, gifted, and talented people out there. Who will watch your video or listen to you? This voice still comes strong and clear after my second Facebook live. After the 3rd Facebook live, I no longer hear this voice inside me. Once we mustered little courage to do it, the voice of fear started to face away. Therefore, taking action despite fear helps us to overcome fear.
- Know our authority in Christ with the Attack Lambs by Mark Geppert.
I love the teaching of Attack Lambs because we have confidence – demons or evil spirit subject to us (believers) when we subject ourselves to God. It can be a reality today, not just when we get to heaven.
The believer’s authority is summarized in Luke 10: 17-19, “Now the seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name!” And He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like lightning. Behold, I have given you authority to walk on snakes and scorpions, and authority over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.”
- Repent from occult, witchcraft, idolatry, ungodly generational and family patterns of fear, transgression, and sins.
- Break all agreement with fear (fear of men, fear of death, fear of failure, fear of evil spirits or fear of demons, fear of rejection, fear of the unknown, fear of being poor, fear of pain, etc.)
- Start a dialog with God when we hear voices of fear– ask God, is this from you or not. The enemy’s voice brings fear, intimidation, control, and manipulation. The voice of God brings hope, peace, and love. We can reject the voice of the enemy.
- Pray and ask for great revelation of God’s love in our lives because perfect love casts out fear. May we align with God, and the fear of God dispels all other fear.
- Meditate on God’s words on our authority, identity, and rightful position until it brings revelation.
- Overcome fear through God’s adoption Romans 8:15, “or you have not received a spirit of slavery [a]leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons and daughters by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” God has already provided for us: to cry out to Him, Abba Father, to run to HIM as the prodigal son. He has been waiting to feed us, robe us, and put a signet ring on us. Thank you, God, for your great love for us through the spirit of adoption! Would you join me to cry out to God, Abba Father, until our spirit bears witness to the spirit of adoption and until there is no fear left?
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