DAY 9: Weapon of Fear

DAY 9: Weapon of Fear

We can DO HARD THINGS when we believe no weapon formed against us will prosper (Isaiah 54:17 ). But in order for them not to prosper we have to understand how they operate. The Bible challenges us to not be ignorant of the devil’s schemes or devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). The enemy has weapons which he uses to keep us from believing we are powerful…deceived into underestimating our own spiritual strength.
You see, if we believe we are weak, even if we possess strength, we will still act weak. The devil knows if he can deceive us in our weakness, in our brokenness, and in our guilt, we will never be effective for the Kingdom of God. The devil doesn’t have many weapons, but the ones he does have he uses often. The Bible says that the serpent was the most crafty of all animals (Genesis 3:1). He had an ability to dupe Adam and Eve out of the promises of God. Let’s be honest, if he can do it to Adam and Eve, he could definitely do it to us.

Today, I want us to look at the weapon of fear. It’s a stronghold that likes to come and wrap its arms around our heart, mind, and strength, to keep us bound from operating in the strength we possess. Fear says ‘we are not going to make it’, ‘things are not going to work out,’ ‘we are never going to live a good life’, and ‘if the worst happens, you will not be able to survive.’ These are lies that come straight out of the devil’s mouth to keep us from being all we’re called to be. 1 John 4:18 tells us tormenting fear never comes from God.

One thing that helped me early on was understanding that fear increases in the same way faith does (Romans 10:17) Faith increases by listening and believing, as does fear. If all you’re listening to is fear-based, eventually, you will begin to believe it. Once you understand this, you can start to value what you’re listening to and letting into your life.

We need to increase our faith and not just reject fear. The best weapon against fear is increased faith. Don’t just tell yourself to stop fearing, tell your inner man to start believing! Read, listen to, and say faith-filled statements. Practice speaking like a spirit-filled person. If you would normally say something that is fearful or worrisome, stop yourself. Remember, we believe what we hear…even from our own mouths. Yes, it’s going to take practice. It’s a spiritual exercise and it doesn’t come overnight. But I promise you, and, more importantly, the Bible promises you, that Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Fill your mouth with the Word and your faith will grow. Guaranteed!

Fear means to shrink back and run. That’s why the Bible says, “Fear not!” (Isaiah 43:1) It means don’t run, shrink back, or give up. It’s important to understand when fear comes, our first objective many times is to run. We want to get as far away from the pain of the unknown as we can.

We have to go after fear and not allow it to immobilize us. Don’t be surprised if it feels awkward at first. Remember, we are learning to operate in our spiritual authority and with our spiritual weapons (Ephesians 6:10-18); it won’t come naturally at first, but like that classic quote says, “Practice makes perfect,” and it is true with this.

How do we stop from running when fear hits us? I like to think of it this way: we have to have a plan to deal with fear! Remember, when fear comes, initially we feel paralyzed, dumbfounded, and overwhelmed. It’s important  for us to plan for these emotions and understand it is just anxiety. These emotions cannot dominate us. The first thing we need to tell ourselves is, “This is anxiety. I have done nothing wrong, and I am not in trouble. I can do this!” Once we talk ourselves down, we need a plan to get out of fear. It may be planning to read a certain passage in the Bible, listen to a certain worship song, or pray out loud and declare truth over ourselves.

Transformation is as practical as it is spiritual. Sometimes, we have to practically set up objectives for our success and that is spiritual. Don’t let the enemy lie to you that you need to have some sort of spiritual high to get you out of the pit. All you need to do is listen to the Holy Spirit, obey exactly what He’s asking you to do, and set Godly boundaries to keep yourself safe.  You can do this! I promise.

28 Comments

  1. Bernadette 3 years ago

    So so so good Havilah. this is exactly what I needed to hear on this morning. “The best weapon against fear is increased faith.”

  2. Kandee Mamula 3 years ago

    Thanks so much for reminding me today that listening to fear-based messages, and believing them, hinder me from living a faith-based life.

  3. Anita 3 years ago

    Thank you!!!!!!! Just what I needed to hear. Now to put it into action. ty

  4. Kelly 3 years ago

    so so good! I have battled with fear my whole life , I love how the Holy Spirit is taking me on this journey and revealing the Love of the Father an healing me from the inside out.

  5. kim kurtz 3 years ago

    Hi. Thankyou for speaking truth and giving specific gameplans for victory. Great song that has spoke to my spirit in breaking fear is. “You make me brave ” by Amanda Cook. Blessings

  6. Lisa J Wood 3 years ago

    Godly boundaries in every aspect of life helps to live a self-disciplined life based on His truths. Yes!

  7. Ruth 3 years ago

    So good. One part that hit me – “Practice speaking like a spirit-filled person… we believe what we hear…even from our own mouths.” I believe God is wanting to specifically shape and increase my voice in regards to His spiritual authority this year — to break down the spirit of fear and strongholds of such in our region and establish moreso His fearless Love. I know my words are powerful…and I have seen the ploy to use them to tear down and have experienced as well the victory of them building others up. The other day, I read James 3 regarding teachers and our tongues; I was reminded of the words in Proverbs – “Guard your heart, for from it the mouth speaks.” Here is where the choice to believe God in your heart (faith) comes our from your mouth — and impacts us and the world around us.
    Thank you also for the reminder of recognizing the emotions that fear arises and having a plan to deal with them. I’ve experienced fear the most since getting married, and have let it suck me in all too often! Learning to be proactive is quite the process…I appreciate the challenge to fortify powerful tools for it.

  8. Dave 3 years ago

    Boy, I know I deal with this when I should be opening my mouth to share the Gospel. Thanks for the practical tools to help stay focused on what is important and experience the joy increased faith will bring.

  9. Sue 3 years ago

    I have been anxious and fearful at times in my life, and there have been many of those times. I am 76 years old and still have these episodes. I am so glad you covered these particular problems today as it has helped me arm my soul with the Word, and praying for guidance. Thank You.

  10. Melissa 3 years ago

    Thank you for this message so far this one has hit home the most! I struggle with anxiety and fear. And I take counseling for this, but I feel that looking at the bible are reading certain verses really empowers me.And has helped.

  11. Jennifer 3 years ago

    As an abused child I use to pray to God to get me out ov the abuse…. I honestly had faith that He would. At age 15 my abuser decided I was not greatful enough to her for all her perceived goodness she gave to me and sent me to live on the streets. I was free of her abuse but to fear for ones existence becomes nessesary for your survival. It was the little faith at my core that kept me alive.
    To this day I am rightfully concerned about other people’s intentions towards me. I now have the power to stand up to abuses and my core beliefs to keep me going. For me feeling week and the need to gather strength is good it means I have not given up.

  12. Danna Anderson 3 years ago

    Havilah….I want you to know I’m so grateful to have come across your Web site and to have found this bible study. The timing is amazingly perfect just like God! Me and my husband and 18 year old son are listening and learning so much from each day. This study Doing The HaRd Stuff well is a perfect summary of the season God has us in and we all are able to feel the Lord speaking to us as a family unit and as well as individuals in Christ. He’s meeting each of us Right where we are and speaking so clear meeting every need giving us the tools to be overcomers. I’m so blessed by you and your teachings and look forward to more. I’m so excited every morning, just to get in the word with you. I’m Thankful for you and your ministry. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. Danna..Carl and Ian Anderson.

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      Havilah Cunnington 3 years ago

      I love this! Something about knowing your 18 year old son is getting something out of it gives me such courage about my boys. :) Thanks Danna! Bless you.

  13. Jhae 3 years ago

    Great message today. Truly appreciate this free series. God Bless

  14. erin 3 years ago

    Thank you so much!!! I have been dealing w fear for a long time now. Its time for me to get back in the game and start speaking life!!

  15. Mary 3 years ago

    Thank you Havilah, really loving this series. Today in particular spoke to me as there have been times my whole life that I’ve been crippled almost with fear. This was a balm for me thank you for the blessings.

  16. Amybelle 3 years ago

    I fear. I struggle with anxiety. And I have overcome SO much. But in doing this study, I realize that I do not have an action plan when it hits. While journaling in my workbook God gave me my steps for what to do in my fear. #1 STOP! Do not make plans, lists, To-do’s, dream, follow scenarios in my head, journal, call anybody. Just stop. #2 LOOK! Read the verse he has given me. Whether that be a verse he gives me at that moment, or the verse that is always in my mind, Isaiah 61:1-4. Just read his word. #3 LISTEN! Click play on my ipod and listen to that song that is bouncing around in my head. Right now it is “Fix My Eyes” by 4 King and Country. Or maybe God will give me a song to listen to. But just listen.
    I’ve never tried these steps before. Usually they are what I do when I’m still in my anxiety after trying to plan my way out of it. LOL. Thanks Havilah!

  17. Amy C 3 years ago

    This is written only from the heart of someone who understands what it is like to experience fear and anxiety. What a gift you share and such amazing truth and reminders from the Word of God. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Amen.

  18. Monique 3 years ago

    Thank you. This is will continue to be replayed everyday for a while for me. There’s just too much to share on this forum but just know that, this was meant for me. Thank you

  19. Kristy 3 years ago

    Fear is just a word!!! Fear is just a word!!! I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!!!!

  20. Amelia Gaillard 3 years ago

    “Don’t let the enemy lie to you that you need to have some sort of spiritual high to get you out of the pit. All you need to do is listen to the Holy Spirit, obey exactly what He’s asking you to do, and set Godly boundaries to keep yourself safe.” When we do our part He does His. His ways are perfect!

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  22. kathy 3 years ago

    What time I am afraid, I trust in the Lord. (Psalm56:3) Turn quickly … toward the One is most trustworthy! That’s what comes to mind immediately.
    Thanks for the refocus time.

  23. kathy 3 years ago

    What time I am afraid, I trust in the Lord. (Psalm56:3) Turn quickly … toward the One is most trustworthy! That’s what comes to mind immediately.
    Thanks for the refocus time.

  24. Anna 3 years ago

    I have a 10 year old fighting anxiety. Can you recommend an age appropriate book that reiterates teaching like yours today? It was nail on! Thanks so much for sharing your teaching with all of us.

  25. Lisa 3 years ago

    This is so timely. Thank you for sharing honestly about how at times you have struggled with fear and anxiety attacks. Listening to you gives me such hope that I too can be motivated by love and hope rather than by fear. Thanks for the practical tips about what we read, listen to and who we hang out with.

  26. LeeAnn 3 years ago

    I came across this 20 day devotional at a critical time where I’ve needed to believe I can do hard things, choose to do hard things, and KEEP choosing hard things. I’ve been a pastor’s wife for more than 15 years, and have deeply desired to have a mentor or spiritual mother to help guide me through the hard things. It has often been a very lonely journey. But I think I’m FINALLY understanding why God has not provided this for me…he really is ALL I need, and he has given me everything I need. He brings me to the perfect scripture, book, article, song list, etc., at the perfect time, every time! Thank you for your faithfulness to do this teaching. I’m very grateful to God and to you!

  27. Jacqueline Nieves 3 years ago

    Wow! This is such a powerful word. It truly changes your perception about things.
    Increased faith overcomes fear….
    Thank you so much Havilah!!