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.