Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bible Study Teaching on Overcoming Fear Joyce Meyer

Today's teaching has come from one of the Christian Women that has inspired me so much.  I knew when God gave me the gift to teach and I has so much in me that I was about to explode.  When I began watching her teachings on TV I said to myself that is me.  I saw myself in her, I saw what she was doing and the way she taught was the same way God gifted me.  I know that I have been called to be a bible teacher and Joyce has taught me so much about being you and not comforming to what others do but simply do what he has called "you" to do.  Joyce has taught me so much about the mind and how to control it.  I sometimes teach about the mind because I know on a personal level how I had to overcome my own mind. She not only tell you what to do but she shows you how.  I would not be the woman of God I am today without Joyce's teachings.  She has saved me in some ways.  I go to bed a lot of nights listening to her teach.  She has such wisdom from God and I have been to her conferences held where I live.  I thank God for her.  Today I want you to read this teaching by Joyce Meyer about the mind.  You will be blessed by it and don't hesitate to check out her site.  You can get a lot of her teachings on Podcast, I have about 20 of them on podcast.  When I am at work in one ear I have Joyce teaching me about my mind.  I am currently reading her book Power Thoughts.  Please enjoy and ask any questions you may have on this teaching.  I have learned from the best.

Overcoming Fear by Joyce Meyer
First, let me remind you that fear is not from God but from Satan. Second Timothy 1:7 says, For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Every time you feel fear in your life, it's a manifestation of the kingdom of darkness. I often say in my teachings that fear is the "master spirit." It's the spirit Satan uses to try to rule God's people and keep them from coming under the leadership of the true Master, Jesus Christ.

Multitudes of people never fulfill the call of God on their lives simply because every time they try to go forward, the devil uses fear to stop them. Is he using fear to stop you? Satan uses fear to keep people from enjoying life. Fear brings torment, according to 1 John 4:18, and you surely can't enjoy life and be tormented at the same time.
I want to encourage you to take an inventory in the fear department. What are you afraid of? Are there any areas in your life that are being stifled because of fear? Satan is always going to bring fear against us at various times. It’s one of his major weapons—not a cap gun, but a cannon. The thing we all must learn is how not to "fear the fear." The devil brings fear, but you can choose not to bow your knee to it. David said,"What time I am afraid, I will…trust…in You" (Psalm 56:3). I believe we can say that when God leads you to step out in an area to do something new, or leads you to make a bigger commitment, you may (or probably will) feel fear. However, if you're sure God told you to do it, put your trust in Him and go forward.
I have to apply this same principle to my life all the time. Years ago, we realized that we really needed more office space. At the same time, we needed more employees, which would require more desks, computers, phones, etc. We had a choice. We had prayed for growth so we could help more people. And everything did increase—resource orders, speaking engagements, incoming phone calls, mail, etc. It was God's timing, and He was moving. We had to make a decision to either stand still in fear or move with God. If we had not been willing to rent more space and hire more people, we couldn’t have kept up with the growth. I can tell you for sure that fear tried to stop me. I heard things like, "Joyce, you're getting in over your head." "That's too much money to spend." "What if the increase doesn't continue?" I'm sure you know the recording; you've probably heard it also.
We certainly don't want to move in the flesh or out of God's timing, but when God is moving, you can't be afraid to move with Him. In the situation I described to you, I had a choice to be led by my head or follow the leading of my spirit. Satan brings fear to your mind and emotions. You may even physically shake, but let the Holy Spirit lead you. Don't fear the fear, and what time you're afraid, trust in Him.
Some common fears are fear of lack, death, loneliness, people, authority, commitment, heights, germs, closed-in spaces, airplanes, dogs, cats, failure, rejection, being laughed at, and even fear of being attractive. We went to the library and got a typed list of known phobias—it was four pages long. It even included phobaphobia, which is the fear of being afraid. It seems that the list is endless.
It convinced me even more of how extensive Satan's work is in this area. Isaiah 41:10 says, Fear not, for I am with you. I believe God works gently with us to bring us out of bondage and into liberty. If you've been afraid of something and desire to be free, the time will eventually come when you'll have to face your fear and not run away from it. Just take Jesus' hand, acknowledge that He is with you, and do it. If you're afraid of people with authority, the time will come when you'll have to confront an authority figure and not cower in fear. God will have arranged the time. He'll be there, but you'll have to choose whether to go through or run away.
If you're at one of these crossroads in your life, let me encourage you to go forward. Don't stand still in terror, but take His hand and go forward. Remember, fear torments and God wants to deliver you from all of your fears.

This article is taken from Joyce's audio teaching, Overcoming Fear with Faith.


  1. I am encouraged to read more of Joyce's teachings and listen to the audio resources. I watch her on TV but I am ready for a focused study. This post encouraged me to move forward with God based plans and not to let fear stop me.