II Timothy 1:7 - For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
God did not give us a spirit of fear. My interpretation is that we will indeed fear sometimes but we are not to let fear abide in us; move in and live there. We are not to be fearful people: living lives controlled by fear. So if we do have a fearful spirit, where did we get it? Certainly not from God. The scripture at the head of this page attests to that. Where does the spirit of fear come from but from satan. Who else would want us to think less of ourselves? Who else would like to blunt a potentially bold witness? Who else would like to see us give up control to the spirit of fear which he diabolically controls? Who else wants to destroy us and our hope? Who else.
And as give in and let our lives be lead by fearfulness, we may withdraw from others, withdraw from service; withdraw from having courage. We may begin to trust our fears more than we trust God.
The Bible is just full of "fear nots" and one of the few places Jesus tells us to fear He says: And I say unto you my friend. Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more they can do.
But I will forewarn you who ye shall fear: fear him, which after his hath killed hath power to cast into hell; year, I say unto you Fear him. Luke 12:5-6
Perhaps, our biggest fear in our Christian walk should be the spirit of fear itself.