Fear double minded

February 14 2024

Book: Luke

What is Fear?
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. ~ 2
Timothy 1:7
Webster’s dictionary says that fear is “to…expect with alarm.” Now, as Christians, we are
supposed to have a sense of expectancy, but a person who is experiencing fear lays in wait for
what seems to be an unavoidable catastrophe. I have a strange feeling that this is not the kind
of expectancy God had in mind.
One of my favorite definitions of fear is that it is:
False
Evidence
Appearing
Real
That is more true than most people realize. Statistics have proven that a vast majority of the
things we fear never become reality. But, in our mind’s eye, the false fears can sometimes
seem more real than anything else around us.
When we are looking to determine the true nature of something, the best place to look is in
God’s Word. we will carefully uncover what God has to say about the true nature of fear in the
Bible.
What is Fear Really?
Controlling Emotions: Fear
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity
(of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear),
but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love
and of a calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.
-2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)
There are a few important points that this scripture brings up.
• Fear is a spirit.
• It is a spirit that God did not give to us.
• And self-discipline, self-control and love are our protection from fear?
Though we are talking about controlling emotions, fear is much more than just an emotion (just
as most emotions are). Fear is a spirit. And it is a spirit that does not come from God.
Fear is a spirit of torment sent out by our enemy the devil. But, we should not be surprised. The
Bible says that “we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and
authorities of the unseen world…and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12
NLT).
God says that Satan only comes to “steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). And that is
what the spirit of fear is sent out to do.
Who’s Controlling Your Thoughts, Fear is, quite plainly, a spiritual attack designed, not only to
steal your peace, but your destiny in Christ. As Believer’s it is our responsibility to learn how to
safeguard our mind against these attacks, and reclaim what God has in store for us.
1. Fear Can Steal Your Miracle!
Fear has the power to steal the miracles that God wants to do in you, and through you. An
excellent example of this is what happened to Peter in Matthew 14. He was on the edge of
greatness, but his fear stole his miracle.
About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them,
walking on the water… Then Peter called to Him,
“Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
“Yes, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat
and walked on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw the strong wind and the waves,
he was terrified and began to sink…
Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him.
“You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt Me?”
– Matthew 14:25,28-31 NLT
Fear Bible Study-Peter Walking on Water I LOVE Peter! Of all of the disciples, Peter, with his
great boldness yelled out – Hey, Lord, if it’s really you, then give me the power to walk on water
too!
And, amazingly, Jesus called Him out of the boat. And for a moment, a mortal man walked on
water.
I want you to stop and think about this amazing miracle! Peter is the only man other than Jesus
known to have walked on water!
Jesus was doing a miracle with him – Peter was changing the history of mankind as they knew
it.
And, what happened?
Peter saw his circumstances – The waves were crashing -The wind was blowing. Suddenly, he
began to fear. Men can’t really walk on water. I’m losing my footing? This is too hard!
And, just like that, the way we remember history was changed forever.
People usually don’t remember that day as a day when God defied the laws of nature and
caused a mere man to walk on water. It is most often remembered as the day that Peter’s fear
got the best of him.
That thief, fear, stole Peter’s miracle.
2. Christian Fear Is Double Minded
God says He did not give us a spirit of fear, but “of power and of love and of a calm and wellbalanced mind and discipline and self-control.”
When we are afraid, our minds are not well-balanced as God describes. When we fear or doubt
God, we are said to be double minded (James 1:8).
God says that when a person comes to Him…
it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering
(no hesitating, no doubting)….
For truly, let not such a person imagine
that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord,
[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute),
[he is] unstable and unreliable
and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].
-James 1:6-8 (AMP).
That is exactly what the spirit of fear wants to do to you. To make you unstable, unreliable, and
uncertain about everything – Your thoughts, God’s promises – Everything. Anyone who has ever
been afraid can attest to the truth of that scripture.
Why is Christian fear double minded? Because part of your mind may believe God’s promises
of love and provision, but your doubts and fears reveal hidden beliefs contrary to those
promises.
You can’t believe Jehovah Rappha is your healer,
and then fear you’ll die of cancer.
You can’t believe Jehovah Jireh is your provider,
and then fear you’ll go bankrupt.
That is being double minded.
1 Kings 18:21 halt between two opinions.
Joshua 24:15 pick who you will serve for me and my house we will serve the Lord
Philippians 3:15 thus minded…reach perfection
Myth…I”ll believe it when I see it…gospel says believe it before you see it
Philippians 2:5 let this mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus
Titus 2:6-8 sober minded
Deep thought, properly the faculty (mind or its disposition), by implication its exercise: –
imagination, mind, understanding.
1 Peter 1:13 gird mind sober….to be serious not like a drunk man…he dont know what he said or
remember it
Doubt…Thomas Dydymus..double minded…neither hot or cold
Imagine if your children had that much doubt in your desire or ability to care for them. That is
why God says that a double minded person should not expect to receive anything from Him.
But, you don’t have to be double minded, unstable and uncertain. You can have God’s peace
and learn how to faith your fears to death!
I taught on renewing your mind and emotions, I share a step by step guide for breaking spiritual
strongholds like fear and doubt off of you once and for all.
You truly can receive the mind of Christ, and be free from the bondage of fear.

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