Have you ever been in a business negotiation with a skilled negotiator bent on giving you a terrible offer? A situation whereby the other party is solely interested in winning even if it’s at your loss.

Hopefully you have never met someone as greedy that, but if you have, that’s exactly how fear works.

Fear keeps pushing, making its offers, painting pictures of what could be; it’s goal is to force us into a corner, till we give up our peace and make decisions that are irrational and that can destroy us in the long term.

Win-lose negotiation

It’s a negotiation. Every time we feel tempted to be afraid, there is an offer on the table. Ours is to either take it or leave. Fear makes an offer and gives valid reasons why we need to take it based on the facts. It nudges us day and night, stealing our sleep till we accept it, only to have us lose more sleep in the process.

It’s a negotiation and the truth is, at the end of the day, when it comes to fear, someone has to lose; someone is going to be afraid, and it’s either us or fear itself.

But what is fear?

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7

Exposing fear

The Bible tells us that God has not given us a spirit of fear. This goes to show that fear is a spirit. God created all things (See Colossians 1:16), but didn’t give us this spirit of fear, He gave us His spirit (See Genesis 1:26). Fear can be likened to the serpent in the garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were just minding their own business when the serpent came to make an offer to them.

Did God give them the spirit of deception that will lead to our fall? No! But man had a choice to either accept or reject what the serpent had to say. The interesting thing was that in Genesis 1:26, we are told that man who was created in the likeness of God, was created to rule over…every crawling thing that crawls on the earth. This included the serpent that came to deceive them.

Then God said, “Let Us make mankind in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the livestock and over all the earth, and over every crawling thing that crawls on the earth.”

Genesis 1:26 (NASB)

What is fear afraid of?

From 2 Timothy 1:7, we can see that fear is a spirit, and in Colossians 1:16, all things were created by God. This means that fear which didn’t create itself should be subject to a higher spiritual authority.

In James 2:19 we are told that:

You believe that God is one; you do well [to believe that]. The demons also believe [that], and shudder and bristle [in awe-filled terror—they have seen His wrath]!

James 2:19 (AMP)

In Mark 1:23-25, we also read an account that elaborates their fear of God.

…Suddenly a man with an unclean spirit cried out in the synagogue: “What do You want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are— the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked the spirit. “Be silent!” He said. “Come out of him!”…

Mark 1:23-25 (Berean Study Bible)

So what’s the point of this negotiation?

Fear is all about power. The only way to get a person to indulge in certain acts or vices that will ultimately destroy them, is by placing them in fear and robbing them of their peace. Think of the number of destructive and unhealthy indulgences we engage in simply because of fear and anxiety. Indulgences that further complicate our lives and destroy us in the long term.

Another goal of fear is to keep us from ruling. According to Genesis 1:26; God created man to rule. But how can we rule when we are afraid? How can we hear from God when all we hear is fear?

Power, love and a sound mind

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

The Bible lets us that God has given His children a spirit of power, love and a sound mind. Anyone who this understands and cooperates with the Spirit of power, love and a sound mind is a nuisance to fear as such a person cannot be controlled by fear but only by the Spirit of God.

Where there is fear we can’t walk in power, we can’t trust the power in Jesus Name or the Voice of the Holy Spirit; where there is fear we can’t walk in love but only in constant paranoia and where there is fear we live in a constant state of anxiety with no soundness of mind.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

2 Corinthians 3:17

Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom: freedom from fear.

Next time fear comes knocking, remember two things, that there is a higher power (God) who it’s afraid of and two, that it’s coming to make a long term investment of destruction in your life and shouldn’t be permitted.

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