Every one of us has had an occasion to be afraid of something for some reason. But if you look at circumstances, you’re sunk, because circumstances can get you into a spirit of fear. You can be afraid of riding in a car or airplane, or of slipping and falling in a bathtub. If you’ve known someone who fell down a flight of stairs and died, you can be fearful of ever going down stairs again. If you’ve lost a child, like my husband Richard and I have, you can fear losing another child. Whenever you have had a frightening experience, the spirit of fear can come in through that weakness and attach itself to you.
If we focus on the incident, which may be horrific, we have good reason circumstantially to live in fear. But if we look at the whole scope of the Bible, we see that God has not given us the spirit of fear that causes us to be afraid of circumstances! Second Timothy 1:7 says, God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. That Scripture tells us that there is a spirit of fear, but it’s not from God!
Look what God has given us. He has given us three counter-balancing measures to the spirit of fear: the spirit of power, the spirit of love, and the spirit of a sound mind ― Power to take authority over the spirit of fear, Love — the perfect love of God which is totally complete and which casts out all fear (I John 4:18).
And last, a sound mind. Have you ever tried to make a logical decision when you felt as though you were going crazy from fear? Those kinds of decisions are of no value. God has given you a sound mind to help you operate rationally, logically, and practically in times of trouble.
God has given you everything you need to have victory over fear!