There is a real devil! We see this from the Garden of Eden to Revelation. If we choose to ignore the reality and influence of the demonic realm, we are only deceiving ourselves. Paul says it like this
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
In other words, there is a real demonic influence that we cannot deny that influences many circumstances all around us. Yet, as Christians, we need not live a life in fear of these things. Fearing the devil or being scared to say things out loud as the “devil may hear it” shouldn’t be the life of children of God.
Instead, we must be aware of the authority of the name of Jesus Christ. We have no need to run in fear of the devil. We can remind ourselves that Jesus encountered the devil in the wilderness, He responded to every temptation with the Word of God. We can do the same and stand on the powerful name of Jesus and His Word whenever an attack seems near.
“Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” (Philippians 2:9-10)
5. Agnostophobia: Fear of the Unknown
Many Christians struggle with a fear of the unknown. We often see this manifest in the attempt to always be in control. Our fear of not knowing what could happen leads us to control all that we can. This fear of the unknown keeps people from taking risks, going certain places, and even trusting God. It also paralyzes with thoughts of “what if’s.” Those who struggle with agnostophobia will find themselves questioning everything and feeling suspicious about things they don’t understand. Similarly, those who fear the unknown will be unlikely to speak to a new person, and place themselves in a new situation. Not knowing the potential outcome is terrifying and causes much anxiety.
As Christians we can rest assured that we have no reason to fear what we cannot see or know! Our God is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). He knows the end of the situation before the beginning ever happens (Isaiah 57:15). Nothing catches Him by surprise. So although we may be uncertain of what will happen next, He already knows. Those who walk by faith in the Lord can find rest in knowing that the Creator knows all things. We have no reason to fear or trust in our own knowledge! Instead, we can lean on our shepherd who leads us through all things and doesn’t operate in our timing or power. This is the beauty of being led by the Lord.
Overall, we can be free from walking in fear! We can trust that God will protect us and keep us, even when the times feel perilous.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)
Gossophobia or the Fear of Public Speaking
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