Do you realize that fear can paralyze a believer? Paralyze? You might be thinking that I chose a strong word to describe fear. However, it's true...alarmingly true...and the devil knows it!
Fear is actually a magnet that draws demonic activity to us! In Job 3:25 we read these words: "For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me." Now, most of us know the hardships that Job endured, yet still overcame due to his faith in God. However, what Job realized is something we must take serious note of...what we "fear" can open the door to the enemy to attack us in one way or another!
I have personally experienced the paralyzation of fear. To have a spiritual form of paralysis means that we are helpless to act, have an inability to act or move, or that we have stopped. Do any of those words describe you today? Do you feel stuck? If so, is it due to fear? Let me ask you this- do you feel helpless? Well, it may be due to fear. Let me explain more.
It is my experience that spirits of timidity and cowardice attack me whenever I am on the threshold of breaking forth into a time of enlargement or increase. The spirit of fear works with these other spirits to paralyze us from moving forward as God directs.
There are many different forms of fear. I can't address them all in this blog post, however, we will look at a few.
The Fear of the Unknown
Many of us say that we like change...but do we? I believe we want other people to change...but whenever we are faced with new territory it can be frightening! For instance, if we have a new job we will also have a new boss, new co-workers, and NEW EXPECTATIONS from others. Ugh! Your fear of rejection might be showing right now! Of your fear of not measuring up could be on the rise with a new employment opportunity.
Dear one, at every place of enlargement you will enter through a new gate! Every new gate is a new beginning and an opportunity to grow and experience God's blessings! So, of course, the enemy will hit you hard with fear!
Python is at the Threshold/Gate
I have written extensively on the spirit of python which is at the threshold of enlargement. Please take some time and read through some of my previous posts concerning this hindering evil stronghold. You will read that the python spirit is connected to witchcraft and how this spirit will attempt to wrap itself around you and squeeze the life and breath out of you to keep you from entering into your new place of blessing! To many Christians, just the fear of being targeted by a spirit as this will keep them from pressing into all that God has for them. The result will be to remain in a "comfort zone." Believer, God does not desire us to remain in a "comfort zone," He desires we enter into a "confronting zone!" We are not to fear the devil- we are made in His image and equipped to DEFEAT the devil!
Here is a proper response the the enemy- every enemy- and not just python: "For I hear the slander of many; fear is on every side; while they take counsel together against me, they scheme to take away my life. But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD, I say, 'You are my God.' My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me." (Ps 31:13-15)
Fear of the Future
We just touched on leaving the comfort zone. And, actually, this is strongly connected to a fear of the future. We need not fear about tomorrow...being fretful over tomorrow will only deflate our faith and exhaust our energy! I love what Jeremiah 29:11 says: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
That previous passage will be your true NORTH as you navigate through the storms of life- especially when the enemy hits you with fear. I have written many different books and shared my addictions, fears and issues of life. There is one constant I have learned and it is this...He is in control of my future...I trust Him...therefore I trust Him to watch over my future.
Believer, don't allow fear to block you from crossing your threshold!!! It's crossing over time!
I stand with you and believe that you experience God's very best!