How do You Lose the Fear?

“Oh my soul, You are not alone, There’s a place where fear has to face the God you know…”

-Casting Crowns

I love that line.  There’s a place where fear has to face the God you know.

We have all known fear in our lives, and probably now more than ever.  Whatever symptoms you’re dealing with (including fear itself), it’s hard not to be afraid that you can’t handle what you’re going through.

The truth is, none of us can handle this.  Just like soldiers who see horrific things in battle, our brains and bodies were not made to manage this stress.  God designed us to live in a peaceful, perfect paradise with Him.

But then sin entered into that relationship when Adam and Eve listened to “the spirit of fear”.  Satan made them question God’s promises and it scared them enough that they took matters into their own hands.snake-1634293_1920

Yet still, that fear has to face the God you know.

That spirit of fear that you deal with is a very real enemy.  It is a tool used by the enemy of your soul to try to undo you, to make you feel hopeless, helpless and uncertain of truth.  Think about it:  Satan can’t have you if you’ve accepted Jesus’ sacrifice as payment for your sin.  So Satan will harass you instead, hoping that God will look like a fool.  But God ALWAYS WINS.  And if you belong to Him, you always win too.

I’ve written about this before, but the story of Job really blesses me.  Probably not for the reason you think.  It’s not because God restored twice what Job lost (family, health and possessions).  It’s not because Job had the strength to say things like, “He knows the way that I take, and when He has tried me I shall come forth as gold” (Job 6:23).  It’s not because Job got “schooled” in how powerful God is.

I love hearing about Job’s experience because once again Satan was wrong.  The spirit of fear lost.  God allowed Job to go through all of his suffering because God knew that He was going to get Job through it.  That might make God sound malicious for allowing that level of pain.

But God knows the end from the beginning, so He gave Job the incredible responsibility of being in the middle of a tug of war between good and evil.  He would be instrumental in God’s eternal plan to continually show Satan that he will not win in the end and his horrible fate is sealed.  And thousands of years later, we would still be looking to this guy to learn about the awesome power of our God over every attack of the enemy.

The spirit of fear is absolutely real in the spiritual realm.  It’s not just you; you are not weak because you have a hard time standing up to fear in benzo withdrawal and recovery.  The apostle Paul talked to young pastor Timothy about the spirit of fear when he told Timothy that spirit wasn’t from God (2 Timothy 1:7).  predator-2217941_1920

But the same spirit of fear cowers before your God.  You don’t have to cower before it.

So how do you lose fear in the midst of mental and physical pain?  What if fear is one of your main symptoms and you feel powerless against it?  You do what dozens of others in the Bible did when they faced persecution, torment or torture and what millions of persecuted Christians do today.  You spend time with Jesus so that He can give you boldness and peace that passes understanding.

Impossible you say?  If Jesus said He can give you peace that makes absolutely no sense in the midst of our circumstances, was He saying that to everyone besides those who go through benzo withdrawal?  Um, no.  Peace that passes understanding is not a physical or mental thing, it’s a spiritual reality.

You have already encountered the risen Jesus.  He has forgiven you if you’ve repented of your sins.  He has secured eternal life for you.  He has sent the Holy Spirit to live inside of you as your comforter, helper and guide.  And “greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.”

So lay your fears at His feet, even if you have to do it a dozen times a day.  And enjoy this verse as much as I do:  “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.”