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The Spirit of Fear – What It Is and 7 Signs Of It

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7. Fear makes you forget the truth of God

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The angel said to the women: “Do not be afraid because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not there. For he is risen, as he said.Matthew 28: 5-6

After Jesus Christ’s arrest, the disciples dispersed and went into hiding, fearing for their own lives. Only the women and John remained at the foot of the cross. On the third day after He was laid in the tomb, the women continued their service to their rabbi preparing to anoint his body. The women were afraid when the earth shook and an angel appeared. The angel reminded the women that Jesus is risen, as he said.

In the time leading up to his death, Jesus repeatedly told his disciples that he would be resurrected on the third day. The fear of the disciples drove them to stay in hiding instead of going to the tomb with the women.

Jesus had prepared them all for this moment, but their fear made them forget his words.

The truth of God can be forgotten when you allow your fear to cloud His words. The challenges of life can create fear and make you forget the truth that he has spoken in your life. The times when God has said “yes” make you wonder if you really heard him right when a situation gets tough and fear takes over. God’s gift of peace is tested when circumstances fill you with fear.

Throughout your life, you will continue to experience fear. Despite this guarantee, you cannot allow it to take over.

By the Word of God and pray, you can turn your eyes to Him. He can help you come into his presence and not hide from him. By focusing on God and not being afraid, you can come out in obedience while loving and serving those around you. While fear may prevent you from remembering God’s promises, trust that he will fulfill the promises that he has for you. God will fight whatever battle awaits you. Stand before Him, recognizing your weakness, and face the battle.

Fear can cause you to question or forget God’s words and his faithfulness in your past. Remember how he took care of you and focus on the truth of his Word.

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