(image from: http://www.fggam.org/2014/10/close-door-fear/)
“Do not give the Devil an opportunity to work.”
(Ephesians 4:27, ISV)
Where does fear come from? Why does it have to control everything we do?
The answer I found it in today’s devotional from Joel Osteen as well as other biblical references.
In today’s devotion from Joel Osteen states:
“So many people today are living with less than God’s best because they’ve allowed fear to creep in and take root in their lives. Fear is the greatest weapon the enemy uses to try to hold us back. Fear is not from God. Scripture tells us that fear brings torment. It’s designed to paralyze us and keep us from God’s blessings.
The good news is that God is greater than fear. His power in you is greater than any power that comes against you. But in order to walk in His power, you have to close the door on the enemy. See, the enemy can’t have access to your life unless you open a door and give him access. That’s why we have to be careful about what we watch, what we listen to, what we read, and what we say. When we open ourselves to fear, we give the enemy opportunity.
If you’ve allowed fear to steal from you in any area of life, today you can be free—you can be finished with fear. Conquering the enemy starts by making the choice to close the door on fear, and instead, meditate on God’s promises. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony! Let His truth sink down into your heart. Declare it out of your mouth. Let Him set you free and lead you into victory as you close the door on fear!”
Notice I highlighted the word fear from Osteen’s devotions. Now think about it how many times, that fear kept us from a blessing, from moving up, from moving on, from being a blessing unto others. Know that yes God is greater than fear. Close that door, so that God can manifest and work in your hearts and lives. Its our fears that hold us back, it is the enemy putting that fear so that he can steer you away from what you can achieve. You have yet unleashed the greatness that God has before you.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV).
Fear again does not come from God. Fear comes from the enemy. Close that door, do not let him in, be gone!
Close the door to fear.
Do not let the enemy to allow fear to steal anything from you (promotion, job, career path, applying for a school, learning to drive, an ambition, a talent you want to further grow, volunteering, participating, anything).
Thank you God for the word you provided Joel Osteen today.
Isaiah 35:4 say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”