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For believers, fear really is False Evidence Appearing Real… do not allow that to rule over God’s promises!

Experiencing the Power of God
God’s Power is Available – Part VI

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23

Key Verse: Ephesians 1:19a
and his incomparably great power for us who believe…

The Apostle Paul, in mentoring Timothy, wrote to him:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Perhaps Paul could sense that Timothy tended to be fearful or timid. One thing we do know for sure is that God does not want any of His children to live in a state of fear or timidity.

However, the devil continually tempts us to have emotions of fear and timidity. We cannot stop these emotions from entering our minds. We can conquer them by the power of God through Christ Jesus living in us. The key to our victory is to not allow these emotions or any other emotion to control us. As soon as we catch ourselves feeling fearful or timid, claim the power of God over them.

The Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, calls these emotions a spirit. In this context, we define “spirit” as a “mood, attitude of a person or a prevailing tendency” (Oxford Languages).

Do you know anyone that has a spirit of fear or timidity? Does it seem like that person tends to be fearful? Does this remind you of yourself? The good news is that God wants to set us free from the spirits that keep us from enjoying the abundant life that Jesus came to give us.

What does it take to be set free from this tendency of fear or timidity? Call these emotions for what they are… lies of the evil one! God does not give believers these emotions and they do not fit a person who trusts Jesus as their Savior.

Memorize this acronym for FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real. Alcoholics Anonymous and Celebrate Recovery groups have used this acronym for years.

The devil loves to feed us false evidence about the circumstances that we are facing. He knows how to make this false evidence look real. Recognize his tricks and resist these lies from ruling our thinking.

I recently heard one of his lies in my life, causing me to think, “what if I fail” for a task that was ahead of me. As soon as I recognized this fearful thought, I said aloud, “what if I succeeded in a way that only God could accomplish”.

God promises to make all things work together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). Even when we seem to fail, God turns things around to make us succeed! For believers, fear really is False Evidence Appearing Real … do not allow fear to rule over God’s promises!

Father, I claim the victory over all circumstances and trust Your power that You promised me. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.