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Do Not Be Afraid

Updated on October 15, 2010

Fear of the Supernatural

There are many Christians today that believe in God and adhere to His Word but still have an active and debilitating fear of the supernatural. Why? Because the supernatural (otherwise known as the spiritual realm) is thriving with what we cannot and do not see with our natural eyes. Yes, God is a God of the supernatural. But the supernatural is also comprised of companies of demons and fallen angels and evil spirits. The Bible tells us that our daily fight to maintain our faith and hope concerning God's promises, is not with other people. This fight is waged in the heavenlies. Ephesians 6:12 .. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

What exactly is high places? It is the heavenly realm. Just as Moses went atop Mount Sinai to convene with and speak with God, there were men and women of the OT that made sacrifices to their gods in high places (2 Chron. 28:4 and Hosea :13). Nobody, Christian or otherwise, truly wants to encounter a demon or an evil spirit. But, we are warned by God's Word that we must be able to withstand these demonic encounters, especially in these last days when the supernatural acitvity is turned up a few notches. And we must always bear in mind that the supernatural is also where God lives and has His being. Our fear of encountering devils may very well cause us to miss God or turn from Him and run (speaking spiritually of course).

In Matthew 14:26 the disciples of Jesus became very afraid when they thought what they were seeing was a spirit walking upon the sea. Jesus immediately assures them that it is He and they are not to be afraid. In Matthew 28:4, the keepers of the tomb of Jesus, as well as Mary Magdalene and company, become immensely frightened when they encounter an angel of the Lord. In Mark 4:41, the disciples of Jesus become exceedingly frightened when Jesus is able to calm the sea. The supernatural act itself, strikes fear into the hearts of men that Jesus dwells with, day in and day out. In Luke 8:37, the people of the Gadarenes (where a legion of unclean spirits lives in a man living in the tombs), become more frightened of this man's sanity than they were with this man's insanity. For the people of the Gadarenes, there was a familiarity in knowing this man was insane. But when Jesus casts the devils out of this man and this man becomes sane and in his right mind, the people of the Gadarenes become so frightened that they ask Jesus to leave their town.

Even in the account of the birth of our Savior, in Luke chapter 2, the shepherd men became quite frightened of the angel that came to tell them about the good news. Our fear of the supernatural can cause us to miss the good news. Our fear of the supernatural can cause us to fear Godly men and women with calls on their lives to bring forth working miracles from the supernatural into the natural. Yes, the devil and his cohorts work in the supernatural but God works in the supernatural as well. What is our job? To put on the whole armor of God. To renew our minds. To fight the good fight of faith. To discern between good and evil. To keep our relationship with God alive and current so that we can recognize His hand. The believer will be followed by signs .. Signs of casting out devils in the name of Jesus. Signs of laying hands on the sick, as recovery is manifested. Signs of speaking with new tongues. Signs of not being taken out by the enemy (Mark 16:16-18). Our fear comes not from the Lord as He has not given to us a spirit of fear. Our fears come from the unknown.. The different.. The changing.. The unfamiliar.. The unusual. We cannot allow our fears to keep us from witnessing, manifesting and believing for the miracle working wonders of God.

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      Debradoo 7 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

      Yes, exactly Carrie! The supernatural is feared because demons and fallen angels and the devil himself dwell there. But, the angels and God and the Holy Spirit also are active in the supernatural realm. And I love what you have said here .. 'but they miss the mighty works of God coming to life, seeing the word coming to life' .. Amen to that!!

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      CarrieG 7 years ago from Nevada

      Good hub, thank you for sharing.

      You stated, “Our fear of the supernatural can cause us to miss the good news.” Amen I agree, Not only do they miss the good news, but they miss the mighty works of God coming to life, seeing the word coming to life ( you want to see a demon scream, lay the bible on the person), I’m telling you, to me this ministry is the most rewarding ministry. Seeing the power and authority we as Christens have through Jesus.

      Setting the captive free. PRAISE GOD!!!

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      Debradoo 7 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

      Thanks always Sister Laurie! Let us shine, amen! It is the light that draws those in the darkness.

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      exjwlaurie 7 years ago

      Debradoo, this is a great Scripture-based hub, and I really enjoyed it! The closer we stand in the light, which is Christ, the less we have to fear. You teach that to us beautifully here! Nicely done! =)

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      Debradoo 7 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

      Thanks and so glad you enjoyed the hub. It is always a pleasure to hear from you, Vladimir!

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      Vladimir Uhri 7 years ago from HubPages, FB

      I do love this Hub, thanks.

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      Debradoo 7 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

      Thanks for the encouragement LG. God bless!

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      William Kovacic 7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Debradoo,

      Thanks for an enjoyable read. No, the topic of demons may not be enjoyable, but we need to be aware. It seems we either downplay the supernatural or elevate it to a position higher than it should be. Thanks for hitting it just right.

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      William Kovacic 7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Debradoo,

      Thanks for an enjoyable read. No, the topic of demons may not be enjoyable, but we need to be aware. It seems we either downplay the supernatural or elevate it to a position higher than it should be. Thanks for hitting it just right.

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      Debradoo 7 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

      Yes Dave, amen. Seems many fight so hard to not believe in the devil and all his cohorts, or fear the supernatural period and they miss out on (or even go so far as to ridicule and belittle) the beautiful things of God in the process. Thanks for stopping by!

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      DavePrice 7 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      Amen. Amen. Amen. This is a message the church cannot hear too much. Thanks.