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The Spirit of Fear

Updated on November 1, 2013

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

If fear doesn't come from God the Creator then where does it come from? The Bible says the spirit of fear comes from Satan.

So we must be:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5: 8

When we read the word sober most of us probably automatically think "not drunk" well that is one definition.

There are seven definitions for the word sober in the dictionary the one I thought that was most fitting for this verse was:

showing self-control: sober restraint

vigilant -keenly watchful to detect danger; wary: a vigilant sentry. -

ever awake and alert; sleeplessly watchful.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

1 Peter 5:8

Lions are deceptive creatures. They do most of their work in the nigh time, when no one is around watching. Under cover of the dark skies, they become great hunters and predators. With their beautiful tan hides they are camouflaged. Using this concealment to their advantage, lions like to stalk their prey. The lion's fastest speed is around 35 miles an hour for short distances they don't run down their food very often. They creep slowly toward their victims behind the cover of the tall grasses of the plains, and with a sudden dash, spring and pounce onto their prey.

Besides their natural camouflage, they also have excellent night vision, an acute sense of smell and hearing to help them stalk under the veil of darkness. To help their chances, they hunt within a specific territory, roaming about with a company of lions, called a pride. Lions are selective and careful hunters, picking off weak stragglers, the old and the sickly. They will assault the herd or pack if needed. A lion's body is well matched for killing. Each toe has a strong retractable claw, up to three inches long. The lion will launch itself onto its prey, perpetrating deep gashes and wounds.

In addition, the lion's jaws open up to twelve inches wide and are powerful enough to crush a bull's spine with only one bite. A lion has thirty teeth, none of which are meant for chewing, but only ripping and tearing. It will bite, claw and restrain the battering victim, looking like he is playing with it. Even with all these deadly weapons arrayed against him, the victim's death does not come quickly. It may take ten minutes or more. The last thing the lion does is go for the throat.



Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

1Peter 5: 8

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Eph. 6:10-12).

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

So when you have thoughts of fear Submit your thoughts to God. Resist the fear that comes from the devil and he will flee from you. Memorize scriptures about fear so that you can say them in your mind in the time of need.

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    • Tony L Smith profile image

      Tony L Smith 

      7 years ago from Macon

      fear definately pharalizes you, it makes u think that you will lose if you try. Its funny that love conquers fear and not just guts.

      thanks for hub

    • Sky321 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sky321 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for reading.

    • PrometheusKid profile image

      PrometheusKid 

      8 years ago from Heaven

      It then describes Jesus as having been sent down by God to remove the ignorance. Jesus was a teacher confounding the other scribes and teachers, and asserted they were foolish since they tried to understand the world by analysing the law. But Error grew angry at this, and nailed Jesus to a tree. It also proceeds to describe how it is knowledge which grants salvation, which constitutes eternal rest, describing ignorance as a nightmare.

      You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.

    • Sky321 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sky321 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Hi, leola francis, thank you for reading and I'm glad you liked it.

    • leola francis profile image

      leola francis 

      8 years ago

      hi sky321 first of all thankyou for looking at my hub and i would like to tell you this is a great hub as so many people suffer from fear at ssome time or another God bless leola

    • Sky321 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sky321 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Fear is powerful and it leads to worry. I have to remember the stuff I write because I could easily go into worry mode. Lol.

    • DREAM ON profile image

      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      Sky321 I enjoyed the whole story about lions.I do love the pictures.I will have another thing to remember.Thank you .I don't have fear just when things don't work out as planned you have to choose different options.Then the pressure begins.Unavoidable.

    • Sky321 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sky321 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I just updated this one.

    • Sky321 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sky321 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Lol, One of my cats is sort of like that too. It is one of my favorite scriptures, probably because fear and anxiety has plagued me many times. This is an excellent verse and has helped people I know who are struggling with fear. I read somewhere that reading verses outloud is very helpful. It's sort of like prescriptions from the bible. lol

    • valeriebelew profile image

      valeriebelew 

      8 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      again, well done. It appears you did quite a bit of research on lions. My outside cat behaves somewhat the same way. Cats are natural born killers, good comparison. The first scripture you quoted is the one I tend to use. "For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Good hub.

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      loriamoore 

      8 years ago

      Whenever I start to worry, I pray "God, I lift up this fear and worry to you, because I can't bear it." I'm interested in reading Max Lucado's new book about fear.

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      Winsome 

      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Perfect love casts out fear--Ever wonder what perfect love is? Right now I'm thinking about this being Good Friday, perfect love is staying on that cross and forgiving us so that we don't have to fear death. I can see the Jerusalem Post headlines in 33AD: Perfect Love Casts Out Fear--next issue: Life Kills Death =:) Welcome to Hubpages

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