Fear takes on many sizes and shapes in our lives. It is an intruder and comes from the dark side. It is essential that we learn to identify the many faces of fear so that we can quickly put it to flight before it takes residence in our hearts and destroys us from within. 2 Timothy 1:7 declares that “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” We are not to cohabitate with the enemy of our souls but take authority over this demonic stronghold.
We are called to be vessels of honor and glory. That means that we should not provide a permanent residence for intruders such as guilt, shame, false pride, rebellion and lack of trust in God. The Lord has promised to heal us and it is our responsibility to receive this gift with gladness and not allow fear to keep us from embracing what the Holy Spirit has bestowed to us.
Listen to what Jesus reveals in Luke 4:18-19 NKJV as he quotes Isaiah 61: 1-3:
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3 To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
This is your inheritance. Embrace it, my friends, because healing and freedom belongs to you!