The Offense of Fear by Aretha Tatum

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We are under attack. Fear is the enemy’s major weapon. It can shut you down and keep you from living in purpose. We often fear failure and concern ourselves with what people will think or say. There are others who fear success because they think that it would be too hard to continue being successful or they don’t want the pressure from others expecting them to keep it going.

We continuously allow fear to stop us. We won’t get on an airplane because we are afraid of a crash, yet we will ride in a car all the time even though the chances of getting into a traffic accident are much greater. We may be afraid to open up to love because we don’t want to get hurt or we have been hurt before, so we complain about not being able to meet a good man or a good woman.  It is as if we let fear surround us like a fence. We don’t even try to get past it.

I was blessed to graduate from High School with honors.  I did well in college by being on the Dean’s list a few time.  However, there was one semester when I had a few very challenging classes.  I found out that all four of my mid-term examinations were going to be in the same week.  I panicked! I thought that there was no way I could do well with all of the exams in the same week. I complained so much that my mother began to worry about me.

I remember thinking to myself; I can’t do this. It’s too hard. I need to drop out. I finally stopped complaining and sat down and started to study for each class.  Each day I would spend time on each one of the classes going over the material. I took the exams and my results were three A’s and a B.  When I told my mother she said, “don’t you ever say what you can’t do.”  I had allowed fear to almost shut me down. I let fear put a fence around me. Thank God I jumped the fence and didn’t drop out of school.

Some may see their fear as more than a fence that they can easily jump. It may appear to be more like a brick wall with no way out. Well, even a brick wall can be taken down with a chisel and a hammer.  Your chisel and hammer is the word of God.

2 Timothy 1:7 says For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.


The offense of fear is strong, but a good defense can stop it.  It is up to you!

About Author:

fearAretha Tatum is the author of the award-winning book The Problem with Jesus and The Wonderful Counselor- My Sheep Hear My Voice. Follow her on social media to learn more about her.

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