For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
~ 2 Timothy 1:7 ~
George Muller said, “Where faith begins, anxiety ends; Where anxiety begins, faith ends.” The command in Philippians 4:6-7 is very specific:
Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving,
let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Standing on the truth of this verse and others that encourage us to turn to our God in everything and continually pray, will keep anxiety and fear away, and faith will make its way into our hearts and lives and strengthen us to stay the course.
The sword of God’s word is our weapon against the powers and principalities that daily besiege us. Faith is quenched by anxiety or fear; God does not want us to give in to these because it takes our eyes off Him and onto the circumstance. He said, “You shall have no other gods before Me,” (Exodus 20:3) — that includes things that occupy our minds and energy.
Second Timothy 1:7 equips us to fight fear and give us the correct perspective. I may pray, “Father, You have not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind; I am not going to give in to fear!” Choosing God over anxiety or fear means following the command in Philippians 4:6-7! Peace replaces anxiety and fear, and faith in God increases.
In addition, in choosing God over anxiety or fear, we are still before Him and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10). In being still before God, we also prevent the enemy from stealing, killing, and destroying (John 10:10) the faith we have in Him.
We can also have faith like that of George Muller; where anxiety and fear is quenched by a faith in God that is so strong and rock-solid that its foundation is immovable and cannot be shaken by anything.
Father, thank You for the truth that fear has no place in our lives; that whatever form it takes, it is to be obliterated with faith. Thank You for the sword of the word, Your encouragement, and that we, too, can respond as Joshua did to whatever causes fear: “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God [is] with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). When the enemy comes in like a flood, be merciful to us, O Lord, and give us power that we may overcome and not faint. In Jesus’ name, amen.