Controlling Emotions Lesson 2:
Fear Bible Study Part
1- 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
going to start off this fear Bible study by posing what may seem
to be a very simple question: What is fear?
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
that this is not the kind of expectancy God had in mind
One of my favorite definitions of fear is that it is:
That is more true than most people realize.
have proven that a vast majority of the things we fear never become
. 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. So, in part one of this
fear Bible study, we will carefully uncover what God
has to say about the true nature of fear in the Bible.
What is Fear Really?
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
-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
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
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
In lesson 2 of our Online Bible Class, Who's Controlling Your Thoughts,
I talked about Satan's Lies
. 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.
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
So Peter went over the
side of the boat
and walked on the
But when he saw the strong wind and the waves,
was terrified and began to sink...
Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him.
"You have so little faith," Jesus said. "Why did you
- Matthew 14:25,28-31 NLT
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
can't really walk on water. I'm losing my footing? This is
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.
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 well-balanced mind and discipline and
When we are afraid, our minds are not well-balanced as God
When we fear or doubt God, we are said to be double minded
God says that when a person comes to Him...
it must be in
faith that he asks with no wavering
(no hesitating, no doubting)....
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
about everything [he
thinks, feels, decides].
-James 1:6-8 (AMP).
That is exactly what the spirit of fear wants to do to you.
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.
is Christian fear double minded? Because part of your mind
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
That is being double minded.
if your children had that much doubt in your desire
for them. That is why God says that a double minded person
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! In the
online Bible class that 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.
Controlling Emotions Lesson 1:
Fear Bible Study: What is Fear?
- When you read that fear is a spirit, what does that
mean to you?
- Think back over your Christian walk. Have
you ever allowed fear to stop you from doing something great?
- When Jesus reached out His hand to save Peter, He
asked him, "Why did you doubt me?" Why is that question so
- Before this fear bible study, have you ever thought
of your hidden fears as being double minded?
How do you think it makes your Heavenly Father feel when you