We live in a generation that is literally experiencing “fear on every side.” Violence in our cities has escalated and international terrorism has reached America’s shores. This has resulted in people fearing for their personal safety like never before. Millions of Americans struggle so much with fear and anxiety that they are taking prescription medications in a vain attempt to alleviate the sense of impending doom they are experiencing. Is it possible to win the battle with fear in the day in which we live?
Military history over the ages has clearly demonstrated that any army that goes to war without properly identifying or understanding the enemy is doomed to be defeated. In the book entitled War, Strategy, and Military Effectiveness by Williamson Murray, the author makes this observation: “In the Vietnam War, it was precisely that failure to understand the enemy… that led to the American defeat.” This same principle can be applied to the battle with fear.
The Bible clearly identifies FEAR as an evil spirit in 2 Timothy 1:7 - For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Fear is not an “emotion” or a weakness of character as many have been taught since childhood. Fear is an evil spirit that puts pressure on your mind and emotions and attempts to dominate and overwhelm by bombarding you with lies. The commonly held misperception that fear is a natural emotion actually helps the spirit of fear do his “dirty work” without any resistance. If allowed to operate unchallenged, the spirit of fear will take your emotional state into bondage. If you continue to think that fear is a personal weakness of your character or a “normal” human emotion, you will end up like those armies in history that failed to win the war because they misidentified or misunderstood the enemy they were fighting.
One of the keys to understanding this enemy called FEAR, is to understand its primary objective.