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For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear),
but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of a calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. -2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)
There are a few important points that this scripture brings up.
Though we are talking about controlling emotions, fear is much more than just an emotion (just as most emotions are). Fear is a spirit. And it is a spirit that does not come from God.
Fear is a spirit of torment sent out by our enemy the devil but, we should not be surprised. The Bible says that "we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world...and against evil spirits in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12 NLT).
God says that Satan only comes to "steal, and to kill, and to destroy" (John 10:10) and that is what the spirit of fear is sent out to do.
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