February 14, 2001
“Dread not . . . .” (Deuteronomy 1: 29 AMP)
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Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
Fear comes in many forms. One of the least recognized is the spirit of dread. One of the definitions of dread is “extreme reluctance to meet or face” something (Webster).
Usually we don’t think of dread as a form of fear, but it is. Do you dread Mondays because it means you have to go back to work? Do you dread cleaning your house or mowing the Lawn? Do you dread tackling your income tax return or balancing your checkbook?
Al of these examples indicate ways in which Satan tries to rob us of our joy. If he robs us of our joy, he robs us of our strength because the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8: 10).
Jesus said that He came to give us life, and life more abundantly (John 10: 10). Dread robs us of that life. It keeps us from enjoying to the full those pleasant experiences that we know are coming to a close.
Dread also keeps us from looking forward to good things happening. It makes us figuratively hold our breath, wondering what bad thing is going to happen to us next. It tells us that since some good things have already happened, we must be due for a really bad one. Plain and simple, dread is bondage.
How do we deal with dread? The same way we deal with obvious fear: we confront it with the Word of God. We speak to the spirit of dread and com mand it to leave in the Name of Jesus. e remind Satan that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1: 7). In short, when dread attacks, we pierce it with the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.
At first, you may have to do this every thirty seconds. Soon, however, you will find yourself winning against the attacks of this “dreadful” spirit (pun intended :-).
Remember: “He Who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4: 4). Do not dread to confront dread. Attack it head-on. It must bow before the Name of Jesus (Philippians 2: 10). It must flee as you resist it (James 4: 7).
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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