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Identifying and Confronting the Spirit of Fear and Intimidation

The plan of this spirit is to attack our minds with fear and worry, until we are overwhelmed and intimidated into ceasing the work. One example could be overloading our minds with thoughts like these: “What will people say if you go on a mission trip or do what God is asking you to do? You don’t have an anointing…you’re not called…you’re not victorious. What do you have to offer to God’s Kingdom?”

Experiencing the emotion of fear in small amounts is normal in life, but if you feel submerged, as if the enemy is coming in like a constant flood (Isaiah 59:19), then this sounds like an attack from the spirit of fear and intimidation.

Just imagine that your mind is a blank canvas, and the job function of the spirit of fear and intimidation is to paint a dark and gloomy picture on that canvas (which you constantly focus on), until you become so overwhelmed and intimidated, that you give up. The warning is clear – don’t let the devil paint pictures on your imagination!

Challenging The Spirit Of Fear And Intimidation

In Luke 9:1, Jesus gave His disciples authority over ‘all demons.’ For every Christian who realises they have been attacked by the spirit of fear and intimidation or any other spiritual reality, they must first recognise that Christ has given them authority over all the works of the enemy and second they must apply this victory to their life.

For Christians who feel oppressed, it is a powerful thing to speak-out the word of God verbally and into their own minds. Christians who feel like this could say: “In the name of Jesus Christ, I now rebuke the spirit of fear and intimidation that has been harassing me. I now release myself from your grip and command you to go. The word of God says in Colossians 2:15 that Christ ‘disarmed principalities and powers. He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over’ them/YOU by the cross. You are defeated, I apply Christ’s victory. I have the authority in Him. Go in Jesus’ name!”

Finally, remember what Paul wrote to Timothy and feel free to declare this - ‘God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind.’ 2 Timothy 1:7.

Learn how to get victory in the battle of the mind here.

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