Is Fear a Spirit?
I was in an English-language church overseas many years ago that had a lot of English-speaking preachers. They’d get WOFers, too. One of them said, “Did you know that fear is a spuurit? The Bible says, “God hath not given us a spirit of fear….”
I was trying to wrap my mind around the logic of this statement. I suppose a Constitutional lawyer could tell a crowd, “Did you know that the United States is a president? The Constitution mentions the President of the United States.”
The passage tells us that the Spirit is not a spirit of fear. It doesn’t say that there is a spirit of fear. If it is reasonable to infer that there is a spirit of fear, that doesn’t mean that fear is a spirit, or that all types of fear are caused by a spirit.
Something I notice is what then you say ‘spirit of’ this or that, some Charismatics think you mean a demon or principality, and some take it in a looser sense like ‘school spirit’ or ‘the spirit of your mind.’
Levi Allen Goff [10/01/2015 11:20 PM]
There are demonic powers that attempt to provoke fear, and will demonstrate the weaknesses of man’s heart, taking advantage of people just to give a person fear as to strip an individual of their faith.
Fear should not be found in the heart of any Christian, because that is not the Spirit God has given to us as you said, and as it was written. That statement I believe is to serve as confirmation and reassurance to the faithful that they should not worry, God is in control. Somewhat in the same way the Constitution reaffirms the duties of power in the government.
In all things, we are to reverence the Lord in all ways, only fearing him.