War Story # 13 – The Spirit of Fear


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

The spirit of fear may take on many forms, but its intentions are always the same, it intends to keep you from fulfilling your destiny in life; from living a joyful, spirit filled existence where you give to others out of the overflow of love in your own life. Fear will keep you awake at night, and give you nightmares. It will keep you from leaving your home, and keep you from overcoming your emotional and physical wounds. The spirit of fear enters one’s life through trauma, in the case of the women in Japan described in War Story No. 13, though an automobile accident, but it could have entered through any type of trauma.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

Sin, any kind of sin, attracts demonic spirits and fear is the first door through which it will enter. That is why Paul tells us to not be anxious for anything.  Anxiety is a form of fear.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.  Philippians 4:6-8, NKJV

The above verse tells us to think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. How much of your day do you actually spend thinking about what you are   afraid of? How much of your day do you spend pondering the ugliness in this world? Be it politics, violence and or other evil that is happening in the world.

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Psalm 4:23, NIV

We are told in the above scripture to guard our hearts; this is one of the most overlooked aspects of the Christian walk. We assume that if we are Christians then all we have to do is “love” Jesus and maybe our neighbors, and if they are not too nasty, then we are home free. Well you may get into heaven with this attitude, but you will NOT reap the rewards of a victorious life. A victorious life is one that not only hears the Word, but puts it into practice. It is someone who searches the scriptures and applies them to their everyday life. It is a person who “guards” their heart and their mind from all unsavory images, worldly music and avoids the kind of people who could lead them astray.

But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.’ Matthew 15:18

Out of your mouth come the issues of your heart. If your mouth does not give honor to God, then it will open the door to “unclean” spirits. It really is a simple as that. So if you are struggling with a spirit of fear, I would encourage you to begin by “taking all your thoughts captive” (2 Corinthians 10:5) and meditate (think upon and confess) “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

This is the only life on earth that you will get, LIVE IT to the fullest. Don’t let some stupid spirit of fear hold you back from enjoying everything God has for you.  And if you have done all of these things and nothing seems to be working, get help. Find another Christian to stand with you and help you get free from the spirit of fear.

“…I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid…” (Genesis 3:10).

How Did Fear enter the Earth?

When Adam, the man whom God appointed to be His under-ruler on the earth (Genesis 1:28), collaborated with God’s arch enemy Satan, he died spiritually.  He became separated from God (Genesis 2:17), and the spirit of faith (the nature of God) was replaced by the spirit of fear (the nature of Satan), and therefore Satan became mankind’s spiritual father (John 8:44).  The spirit of fear and the host of negative emotions which are caused by it, are extremely destructive to an individual’s life.

 War Story No 13

The spirit of fear described in War Story No. 13 entered the woman in Japan during a traumatic automobile accident. In her case, the spirit thefear was accompanied by residual physical stiffness and pain, although that is certainly not always the case.

The trauma of an automobile accident allowed the spirit of fear to slip into the Japanese woman’s mind. (See War Story No.13). It happened in a similar way that the spirit of epilepsy entered the woman in Craigavon, Ireland during a traumatic shooting event. (See War Story No. 6).   In the case of the woman in Ireland she became extremely fearful when members of the Irish Republican Army, came into her Elam Pentecostal Church and began to shoot her fellow church members.”These men killed sixteen people in her Craigavon church on the evening that the spirit of epilepsy entered the Irish woman”. She I was laying on the floor of the church between the pews, with her hands over her ears.”  She was as you might imagine, full of fear, and that fear allowed the spirit of epilepsy to enter into her mind. Soon after this traumatic experience she began to experience the epileptic seizures. Both the woman in Ireland and the woman in Japan were obsessed by an evil spirit. I want to be clear about this, these women were obsessed by the evil spirit, and they were not possessed by the evil spirit.

Let me take a minute to review how demonic activity operates…

DEPRESSION …When a problem arises in your life, a devilish spirit of fear causes you to think thoughts of failure and defeat that attack your mind; we commonly call this condition “depression.”   The demonic spirit causing you to become depressed is actually on the outside of you—this spirit impresses his devilish thoughts on your mind.  If you refuse his thoughts, and you meditate (think upon and confess) the Word of God concerning the answer to your problem, you will defeat him. If you resist the devil and his demons, and you refuse to allow his thoughts to dominate your mind, the spirit of fear will have to leave you (James 4:7, 1 Peter 5:9), just like it left my friend Fred Doerflein mentioned in the opening paragraphs of this chapter.

OBSESSION… If however, you begin to receive these devilish thoughts of fear and failure, and you meditate upon (think upon and confess) them until they dominate you’re thinking, you will give that demon spirit permission to enter your mind.  Or as in a fearful or traumatic situation similar to the case of the woman in Japan, described in war Story Number 13, or the woman in Dundalk, Ireland described in War Story 6, the trauma itself may allow the spirit enter your mind. Then the demons thoughts will become your thoughts—they will become an obsession; they will dominate your every thought.  Once a demonic spirit enters your mind, he can control it. Now that spirit is in you (in your mind) and you will require help in order to be set free from this spirit and his oppressive fearful thoughts.

POSSESSION …  If a person allows his mind to be obsessed with negative demonic thinking long enough and does not get help, that demonic spirit may get down into his  spirit, and completely take over his mind, spirit, and body.  We use the word “possessed” to describe the state of such a person who is totally controlled by an evil spirit. In the more than thirty years that I have been praying for people, I have met very few individuals who are actually possessed, and they have all been non-believers.  A person cannot be possessed and be a believer. Once a person is possessed by an evil spirit they will definitely require help to be delivered and set free.


As Christians we are to resist the devil, we are to stand against the spirit of fear.  The spirit of fear is the doorway through which Satan and devils enter the human mind, keep the door to your mind closed.   The “good fight of faith” is not a momentary gust of faith to deliver you from a problem; it is a life style, a life-long commitment to meditate upon (to think upon and confess) “God’s Word.”  It is a determined and committed state of the mind and heart.  Paul admonishes the believer to be “strong in the Lord and the power of his might.”  We are to put on the whole armor of God and to stand fast in the face of every demonic attack.   In Ephesians 6:10-18 Paul uses the various pieces of the Roman soldier’s armor as a metaphor for applying the word of God.  He says we are not be moved by adverse circumstances or the bad news that the devil tries to impress on our mind.  We are to take the “sword of the Spirit,” which is the Word of God, and pray and confess that Word right in the face of every problem.  If we refuse to back off of our confession of God’s Word, faith and patience will always produce victory (Hebrews 6:11-18)

The devil and his demon spirits have only one road or avenue by which they can attack you; they play games with your mind.  They impress their negative, evil thoughts on your mind in an attempt to get you to think upon and confess those thoughts.  They attempt to manipulate your physical senses and your emotions to get you to believe something that is not really true.  They try to make you believe the worst about your life, your family, your health, your finances, your business, etc.  If you begin to think upon and confess the devil’s lies, you will begin to perceive them as reality, and they will eventually become established in your life.

Bob Bignold
National President
Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship in America