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An Excerpt from my upcoming book…

In my lifetime I’ve discovered that the Spirit of Fear doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care if you are black or white, rich or poor, short or tall, loud or tall. It’s deceptively easy to perceive people with gregarious personalities; those who are outgoing, personable, and seemingly confident, as being fearless. It is equally deceptive to view those that are quiet, less talkative, and reflective as being fearful.

It is not the outward appearance or external expression that indicates the degree that fear exists in a person’s life. In fact, it’s often revealed that those individuals who are the loudest and most daring in action end up being exposed as walking insecurities ready to explode in an avalanche fear-based responses. Conversely, the more quiet or meek personality is discovered to be the one that exhibits the most internal fortitude and fearlessness. Is this always the case? Of course not. That’s why we cannot ever look AT a person and determine the level of fear in which their operating solely based on our perception of their actions. A more telling indication of fear in a person’s life requires looking IN-to a person.

What does it mean to see into someone?

Using your spiritual eyes, you are able to search the spiritual realm and discern some of the fears that have attached themselves to a person. Believe me. This is not some crystal ball, demonic, mind-reading trick. The word of God says…

“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.” Romans 8:26-27 NLT

There is a level of discernment that comes with the acquisition of the Holy Spirit that resides in the believer. I like to say that it is a gift that is “built in the blood.” Even when we are unsure of what it is that we are actually seeing in a person, the type of fear it is, and where it comes from; even when we are unsure of how to pray for the person, the Holy Spirit can speak to the Father on your behalf and if it is His will, reveal to you the source of the issue. It is with this gift that those who are called to do so can minister to the needs of a person who has succumbed to the spirit of fear in their life.

(c) 2006 Tracey Michae’l Lewis
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