The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many people with you for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel glorify themselves over Me, saying, ‘Our own power saved us.’ So now, call out so the people can hear, ‘Whoever is afraid or anxious may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’” So twenty-two thousand from among the people turned back, and ten thousand were left.” (Judges 7:2-3)
The devil uses the virus of fear because he is trying to:
PARALYSE YOU: Because of fear, some people just wait. They don’t act or react while their problems continue to grow and worsen.
DECEIVE YOU: Fear creates barriers and dangers that don’t truly exist, which are pure illusion. – The 22 thousand thought that the enemies were greater than God.
BLIND YOU: When fear takes over a person, he cannot see possibilities, opportunities or solutions. He can only see the negative and what can go wrong.
TRICK YOU: The lies of fear… “This won’t work. Things are hopeless. You’re going to die. No one likes you.” etc.
CONTAMINATE YOU: Those infected by this virus generally want to infect others. “Be careful. Are you sure you know what you’re doing? Are you sure? I know someone who tried that and everything went wrong.”
The problem of fear is not necessarily your feelings or adrenaline. We all feel fear sometime. The problem arises when fear starts to affect your decisions or faith – when you act (or fail to act) because of what you feel.