How to Thoroughly Defeat Fear


There is one other element to getting rid of fear. We see it in 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Love is bracketed by two other considerations: power and a sound mind.

If we’re going to thoroughly defeat the spirit of fear in our lives and enable ourselves to consistently love, we’re going to have to draw on this power and do something with our minds. The word for “power” is dynamis. This is talking about miracle-working, Holy Ghost power—the kind that the apostles were endued with from on high on the day of Pentecost. 

When you’re filled with the Spirit of God, you’re filled with the kind of power that can defeat fear in your life and enable you to keep loving people. The times it’s easiest for me to love is when I’m filled with the Holy Ghost and walking in His power. Some people you’re not going to be able to love without the power of God; that’s why walking in the Holy Spirit is so important.

The other consideration is a sound mind. The Greek word translated “sound” here means disciplined. What’s a disciplined mind? A disciplined mind is one that casts down wrong thoughts and focuses on the right ones.

I guarantee you that when you’re trying to love people, your mind is going to want to focus on how mean they were to you, how unlovable they are, and why you shouldn’t be doing this. If you have a disciplined and sound mind, you will cast down those vain imaginations and begin to think about them like God talks about them. You’ll think about them in a way that will enable you to love them.

When we draw on the power of God, make a decision to act on the love of God, and consistently discipline our thought lives so we don’t focus on things that undermine our decision to serve them, we have a threefold cord, which the Bible says is not easily broken. We’ll be able to be a people of love, perfected in love, and there will be no foothold of fear that will choke out the fruit of God’s Word in your life.

About Mac Hammond

Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a nondenominational church located in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. Pastor Hammond also hosts the Winner's Minute and the Winner's Way television broadcasts and has authored several internationally distributed books . Mac Hammond is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living. Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a Bachelor's degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force with a regular officer's commission and reported for pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Mac received his wings in November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Captain. Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business serving the Midwestern United States. A business acquisition brought Mac and his wife Lynne Hammond to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980.

2 responses to “How to Thoroughly Defeat Fear”

  1. Shirley Tuttle says :

    This is really helpful Pastor Mac I feel God is speaking though you, he wants me to not hold any resentment I know this, I asked God to Change me to who he wants me to be!! Well I have issues that he wants me to let go and walk it out in peace and love and allow the reflection of who Christ is in me to do his perfect works! not mine but his. I am surrendering the old person and really allowing the new person that the Lord wants me to be. The spiritual me not the flesh me. I am growing in Christ, Glory to God.

  2. Todd Terry says :

    Reblogged this on Fully Alive and commented:
    I always appreciate Pastor Mac’s teaching.

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