Have you ever woken up early—too early, and found yourself dreading the day? Anxious about certain relationship tensions? Worrying over how to pay a bill? Not looking forward to dealing with circumstances you find yourself in at home, at work . . . wherever? Dread can be triggered by any number of things.
Dread leads to fear, and if you come under the spirit of fear, you end up being miserable. This is not of God. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7).
Fear robs you of peace. That loss robs you of joy, and having no joy robs you of strength. Ultimately, Satan is after your strength. Without spiritual strength, we are weak and open to discouragement and defeat.
God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.
- Power – to energize you with divine strength
- Love – to prevent self-focus and enable a focus on God and others
- A sound mind – to exercise wisdom in all your dealings
Remember your provision in Christ. Jesus died that you might experience His abundant life. As Ian Thomas would say, “Jesus died for you, to give His life to you, to live His life through you.” So reject the spirit of dread and fear, recognizing it as an attack from the enemy. And instead, receive—take your provision of the Spirit of Jesus. Say, “Lord, I’m looking forward to seeing You overcome this very day.”
John Van Gelderen