1 Peter 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
Ephesians 6:11-13 so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness
One of the goals of the domain of darkness is to fill us with fear. If they can do that they effectively paralyze us and keep us from doing anything with our life that matters. If we include the commands to not be anxious there are over 100 commandments in the Bible to not fear, or be anxious.
Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
The cure for fear is prayer. Once the church got rolling in the book of Acts the leaders were thinking that the people would be to afraid to witness, so they called for a prayer meeting to pray for courage and boldness. It says in Acts 4:31 that when they had prayed they spoke the Word of God with boldness.
In our present day fear and anxiety are at a very high level. The devil is keeping that fear as hot as he can. Jefferson Baptist Church is having a “five-day prayer event” beginning this Monday. We pray from 5:00 to 10:00 am and pm. We will pray Monday through Friday. If you come and pray for one hour a day or more this next week, you will notice very rapid growth in boldness. Give it a try and see what happens. There isn’t much worse than a chicken heart.