Although many of us experience it, fear is never from God. Fear is provoked either directly or indirectly by Satan and his demon-minions, because before they engage an individual in their attempts to make him/her fall, they “usually create fear in the soul . . . But the soul filled with courage and valour by the Holy Spirit, will pay no heed to the bitter fury of their attack, but will . . . put them to flight” (St Nikitas Stithatos, in The science of spiritual medicine).