For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Fear speaks of punishment and in Christ we have nothing to fear. He has paid the ultimate price for our freedom and our salvation. Through Christ we are able to draw near to the throne of grace with confidence. There is nothing that can separate us from God’s love. When we understand this truth we will live each day filled with the joy of the Lord because we understand that our relationship with God is not based upon my performance. The enemy will try to overwhelm us with fear but the key is to understanding God’s word. The more we understand God’s word the more we walk in freedom. The major reason many Christians struggle is because they are ignorant of God’s word.
It is a foolish thing to claim to follow Christ but spend no time in prayer or the study of God’s word. When we fail to study and understand God’s word we become a very easy target of the enemy. We must remember that the battlefield takes place in our minds. We are bombarded on a daily basis by the lies of the enemy and the more we come to understand the truth of God’s word the more we come to recognize every lie of the enemy. We live in a day and age in which deception is at an all time high. It would do us well to become diligent students of God’s word.