Defining and Defeating the Spirit of Fear

How do you crush the spirit of fear that is holding you back in life and in business?

It’s something you may struggle with and if so, you’re not alone. Start with is 2 Timothy 1:7.

We are told in Ephesians that the sword of the Spirit is the word of God. To defeat fear and be courageous, it’s best to look to the scriptures.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity; but of power, love, and self discipline” (2 Tim 1:7).

I try to memorize scripture as often as I can. One way I do this is by writing scripture down on an index card to keep in my wallet (I also snap a picture with my phone). That way I can review it many times throughout the day.

Here’s this week’s card for that scripture. If you’re on your phone, snap a picture, keep it with you, and review it until it’s imprinted in your memory.

Repetition is the mother of learning.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a Spirit of Fear and Timidity, but of Power, Love, and Self-Discipline Click To Tweet

This is a great Bible verse and there’s so much truth packed into it for your life. This site is meant to encourage you in building your network marketing business, so we will look at this verse through that lens today.

What is a Spirit of Fear Anyway?

We all have things that hold us back.

In network marketing, the biggest obstacle to people succeeding is often the space between their ears.

They allow fear to get the best of them.
Have you ever been fearful of any of the following in your business?

Fear of failure.
Fear of the unknown.
Fear of looking stupid.
Fear of what people think.
Fear of doing the work but not reaping the rewards?

Well, you’re not alone.

But you need to know that fear is not in your nature.
Your nature is NOT a spirit of fear and timidity.

It feels that way. But if you take scripture at face value you must conclude that there are spiritual entities at work in this world attempting to manipulate us, defeat us, and bring us down.

If you’re a believer, you’re particularly vulnerable to attack. If you’re trying to do something that can change your life and allow you to change the lives of others, it puts a bigger target on your back.

Lately, I’ve concluded (and been told) that my family is under a spiritual attack. I think it’s because of what we’ve been called to do and how we’re doing it.

Maybe you’re struggling in your life as well.

One of the greatest tools Satan has is lies. He doesn’t need to devestate you like Job, he just needs to stop you from pursuing a higher purpose.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing. -Edmond Burke Click To Tweet

 The best offence the devil has is to manipulate you and convince you to:

  • Never suit up for battle
  • Never step out of your comfort zone
  • Never enter the arena

He knows if he can get into your thoughts and particularly if he can plant seeds of doubt and fear, you’re less likely to make an impact in this world.

So you must learn to tap into your true nature… the three pillars of life change (power, love, and self-discipline).

It’s no accident that God has given you these three gifts as a part of your true spiritual nature.
For it is these three pillars that can change everything.

Your Spirit of Power

You have at your disposal great power within you and a helper (Holy Spirit) to help you learn, grow, and impact others.

If you fail to recognize this and live in fear, you will never enter into your full potential. You’ll stay stagnant.

The best way I’ve found to tap into this is by spending time everyday in worship, prayer, and the study of the word of God.

Memorizing scripture is super important because the more scripture you know, the more you can call on it as the weapon (sword of the spirit) that it truly is.

A spiritual battle is going on all around you. You don’t have to believe that for it to be true. It’s a fact. If a man steps off a ledge, gravity will pull him down whether he believes in gravity or not.

In this spiritual war that’s raging around you, if you’re not prepared for battle…

You will lose.
You will get hurt.
You will die (spiritually and emotionally).

Even if you’re prepared, these things could happen. It’s not a cute little invisible thing like a cloud floating around you. It’s a war. Treat it like war, put on the full armor of God so that  you may stand your ground.

Your Spirit of Love

Love is patient.
Love is kind.
It does not envy.
It does not boast.
It keeps no record of wrongs.
Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.
Love never fails.

We live in a world that treats love as a fleeting emotion that comes and goes on it’s own.

The way I read scripture though, love is a choice. You choose to love.

I know, that’s not what Hollywood would have you believe.

Granted, some days you’ll be better at loving than other days, but it’s still a choice.

In network marketing, you’ll run into some opinionated people when you talk to them about the profession.

It’s okay, move on. But don’t lose love for people because of them. Love them anyway.

Too many people get held back in this industry because they take themselves and their business too serious.

What do I mean by that?

If your feelings for somebody are at all compromised because they didn’t get into business with you or even listen to your pitch, then you’ve got your priorities out of whack.

It’s about helping people, not getting them to do what’s best for you.

Your Spirit of Self-Discipline

This is where the magic happens.

Self-Discipline is like a muscle. It needs to be exercised.

The more you exercise it, the stronger your Spirit of Self-Discipline will become.
The stronger it becomes, the more success you’ll have in your business and in your life.

The thing about self-discipline is that it can only be forged through practicing it. You may think some people have it and some don’t.

I wholeheartedly disagree.

There are thousands of young men and woman who join the military everyday with no self-discipline. But when they emerge as a soldier, they have some of the best self-discipline I’ve ever seen.

That’s why I love military people on my team. They understand self-discipline and typically have a good dose of courage.

Anyway, this post isn’t my best writing. But it was on my heart so I’m sharing it and hopefully you can be encouraged by it this week.

Here it is one more time so you can memorize it and unleash the power of this scripture in your life.

For God has not given us a Spirit of Fear and Timidity, but of Power, Love, and Self-Discipline (2 Tim 1:7)

If you want a good solid platform for growing these characteristics in your life, we’re always looking for good people to work with.

Have a great day and God Bless.

Jason & Daniele

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