MY FEET WERE SLIPPING AND I WAS ALMOST GONE.
Recently I allowed myself to be almost overcome by a spiritually disorienting, doubt-inducing, mentally and physically debilitating spirit of fear operating in connection with the effects that an evil, politicially-weaponized “pandemic” has had on my family. But, when “My feet were almost gone [and] my steps had well nigh slipped” (Ps. 73), God helped me. He used my family and some of my friends to help me recognize this fear for what it was, repent of it and reject it. And He released me from its grip that was dragging me lower every day into the depths of dark despair.
What spirit is at work in your life right now? We’ve been warned: “ Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). There are many spirits that are “not of God,” and one of the worst, most dangerous ones with which we have to contend, is a spirit of fear.
“Many false prophets are gone out into the world” now and are carriers of a sprit of fear that is not of God. “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7). Liars, consciously and unconsciously the agents of Satan, are busy throughout our society fabricating, fueling and fanning the fires of a pandemic of deceit that has made people delusional beyond comprehension. Never has it been more important that people be finders and followers of the truth as it is revealed in the Word of God (Prov. 23:23; John 8:32; 14:6).
There is a “spirit of fear” that is destructive and deadly, both on an Individual and on an international level. The only antidote to it is the “fear of the Lord”—a fear that is clean and empowering, where “strong confidence” and “a place of refuge” can be found; it is a “fountain of life” and “a place to depart from the snares of death” (Prov. 14:26,27). No wonder we are told, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man“ (Ecc. 12:13). Here’s the thing to remember: “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7).