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By Laur McDonald 

1Timothy 1:7, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of a calm well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” First of all, I would like to define fear: fear is false evidence appearing real.

Fear is a spirit. We have not been given a spirit of fear. Fear is the opposite of faith. How does fear get in to our lives? We let it in. Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” Likewise, fear comes by hearing and hearing by the lies of the devil. This is my life’s message.

When I was in my mid-twenties I had a real bout with fear. Before I was set free the enemy had me convinced that I had blasphemed the Holy Spirit. You see, our adversary (the devil) is a master deceiver. He told me, “You have crossed the line and you are going to hell.” I was in total torment.

He would tell me that God’s word is true but not for me because I had crossed the line. I finally got the revelation that all of this fear was just another plot to get me off of God’s word. I had to make a decision what I was going to believe.

If you find yourself vacillating between two opinions (faith and fear) choose ONE and stick with that choice regardless of how you feel. I encourage you today to CHOOSE LIFE…CHOOSE Faith! Jesus loves you so much.

God has not given you the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Walk in God’s power, receive His love and allow the sound mind of Christ to permeate your soul. You get to choose what you will believe.

It takes faith to stand in the face of the enemy who is screaming lies at you, but Jesus is right there with you. So choose to believe His word and turn a deaf ear to the lies of the devil. You will walk in victory and experience freedom once again!