To intimidate means ‘to make timid or fearful: frighten; especially: to compel or deter by or as if by threats’. [1]

Those of us who are seeking to grow in our spiritual gifts and ministry will occasionally experience the pressure of intimidation.

As Paul wrote to Timothy:

‘For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.’ (2 Timothy 1:6-7 NIV)

Like Timothy did, we will sometimes need to push through fear and intimidation, in order to reach the full potential our Father has for us.

5 Ways to Quickly Stop Intimidation (When it’s Based in Spiritual Warfare)

1. Know You Have the Overcomer Within You

When giants appeared in the Old Testament, the effect of their presence was to produce intimidation. The giant Goliath had the whole of the Israelite army quaking in fear (1 Sam 17:11).

What is the characteristic of a giant? A giant is physically large, appearing to loom over you.

Such size, whether through physical circumstances or in the realm of our imagination, is a lying message that says, ‘You cannot overcome me!’ [2]

The enemy wants us to overestimate his power and underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit within us.

Never forget, you have the Spirit of God—and the enemy is no match for Him. John writes, ‘You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.’ (1 John 4:4, NKJV)

2. Refuse to Respond to Threats

A threat is a message that projects a negative outcome. It is a declaration of intent to do harm.

Threats are a hallmark of intimidation that is based in spiritual warfare.

  • When Jezebel threatened Elijah, the effect was intimidation. For a time, this affected Elijah, but we read of how God brought him rest and replenishment. (1 Kings 19)
  • Nehemiah’s enemies tried to intimidate him through distraction and threats, in order to stop him and the Jews from rebuilding Jerusalem’s wall. Nehemiah refused steadfastly to take the enemies’ bait. [3]
  • Religious intimidation tried to shut down Peter and John, but they would not allow it to affect them. Instead, they turned to prayer (Acts 4:17-20).

As soon as we identify any ungodly threat coming against us, we can step into a place of rest.

Declare, ‘This does not touch me, in Jesus’ Name’. Like Nehemiah did, refuse to respond to threats. Determine to only respond to God and His Word.

3. Counteract Intimidation with a Message of Faith

Understand that there is a message associated with fear and intimidation. It is a lying message about you, that seeks to undermine your confidence and diminish your capability.

During times of intimidation, a threat may be subtle, such as a feeling of oppression, or a battle in your mind (2 Cor 10:3-5).

  • It may be telling you the opposite of what the Bible says about you; that you are inadequate or unworthy, or will fail in your gift, ministry or something else God has called you to do.

The Bible tells us the devil is a liar. Jesus said, ‘…When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies’ (John 8:44b, NIV). By contrast, the Holy Spirit is the ‘Spirit of truth’ (John 14:17).

You have the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God! You have everything you need to counter and defeat that message of fear.

When intimidation strikes, turn that message around. Confess, ‘God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self discipline! He has given me a sound mind!’ (2 Tim 1:7)

Know that you have protection through the blood of Jesus. You have a Kingdom mindset!
‘For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves’ (Col 1:13 NIV)

We can build our faith through study, meditation and confession of Scripture, along with a strong assertion of God’s personal promises to us.

4. Have Strong Church Relationships

We flourish in community, where others around us can encourage and lift us up, and vice versa. We are called and created to use our gifts in the church body (1 Cor 12).

In nature, we often see how a predator (such as a lion) will seek to devour animals in a herd who are weak, straggling or isolated.

We break the power of intimidation when we seek to serve, honor and make room for others, and value the input of our leaders.

‘Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.’ (1 Peter 5:8-9)

5. Move in the Opposite Spirit

We can turn immediately intimidation around, as we focus our attention and awareness upon the Person of the Holy Spirit in our life.

Today, receive a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit and His boldness, and remember:
‘The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”’ (Rom 8:15, NIV)

Recall your royal DNA! See yourself with the eye of faith, striding forward with faith and boldness.

The Holy Spirit is touching you now.


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[2]Some of this article is excerpted from the latest update (3rd Edition) of the eBook Unlocking the Gift of Discernment, which you can find in our eStore here.
[3] See the post 3 Signs Spiritual Warfare is a Distraction

I would love to hear from you! Leave a note in the comments section below, to share which of the above you are putting into practice this week.

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28 thoughts on “5 Ways to Stop Intimidation in its Tracks!”

  1. Cat Threadgold

    This last week I’ve found a new hope in the area of walking in His gifts, and that has been through a new reveltaion of my Christ-given, Father-designed and Holy Ghost-powered IDENTITY.
    I only just got to read this email, and it all resonates with me so much.

    A few things I got from this were:
    -When intimdation comes, don’t take it personally, it’s an attack by a hateful enemy because of who I belong to.
    -Every battle and giant has a growth oppurtunity. David and his men went on to slay several giants after Goliath, I think David’s boldness grew after the victory in the Valley of Elah
    (it find it funny that Elah means oak… I reminds me of the saying about “The acorn is just another little nut who stood his ground and became the mightiest of trees. Haha, so relevant to King David and us)

    I think the things I can put into practise more are renewing my mind with the truth when the enemy intimidates. Have some go-to verses that I use, and to become wise enough to draw my Word Sword as soon as the enemy fronts up.
    Another thing is to ask Holy Ghost “What is my repsonse to be in this battle?” because God knows what His plan is, and it’always good. I must trust in that truth more.

    It has been tricky to plant into a church where I believe I can grow in God’s gifts and callings and form strong realtionship locally in a rural area, but investing more into the people I know who are encouragers and prophetic has been really beneficial.

    Finding and enrolling in your School of Prophecy and Discnerment was truly an answer to prayer, as I had been crying out for mentoring in prophetic giftings.

    Bless you much Helen.

    1. Thank you Cat, I love all of that! Very insightful about the oak 🙂
      I pray you continue to receive much wisdom and revelation. Be encouraged.

  2. your write up has always been ‘an every moment impact’ to my life.infact i am very grateful.may d~lord strenghten u d more.thanks a lot!

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