Defeat Fear with God’s Love

(Excerpt from Love Is Not an Emotion

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My children learned at a very young age that God has not given us a spirit of fear. Although both my children approached life fearlessly, my oldest son battled nightmares for a season when he was very small. Through his own faith and our prayerful agreement with him each night before he went to bed, he overcame them.

From the time my youngest son was born, we played scripture set to music in their bedrooms at night. One scripture in particular is from 2 Timothy 1:7: God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and of a sound mind. My husband, Blaine would crawl on his hands and knees into their bedroom, in the dark. The boys didn’t know he was there—listening. My youngest son had memorized the entire CD. He would say the scripture before the words came through the speakers. He learned those words at a very young age and is still quick to quote them today.

One Wednesday night at church the teacher for the two-year-old class caught me in the hall. My youngest son was nearly 3 years old. She told me what had happened earlier that evening in her class.

The class was about to go outside and it was dark out. One of the little girls in my son’s class began to cry saying she didn’t want to go outside because it was dark and she was afraid. My son put his little face directly in front of hers and told her, “We don’t have to be afraid outside. God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.”

“God says we don’t have to be afraid.”

The teacher supported his statement and hand in hand, the two of them went outside to their activity.

Sometimes we need the faith of a child. He told her what God’s Word said, she accepted it, and fear left. Fear, when face to face with faith and love, is instantly defeated.

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