Fear can be a major roadblock that can hinder you from moving forward and reaching out to your dreams. We have all been there; some of you are still there; and some of you may be there but just don’t even realize it. You may be fearful of taking that big step, getting married, ending that relationship, putting an end to that sin, saying no to your friends for fear of being judged, fearful or afraid of what others will think of you, scared of the dark because of nightmares or something else, fearful of people or public speaking, fear of death, an animal, or whatever else there is! Or maybe you’re constantly worrying about the littlest of things and everything! Worrying whether it’s all going to turn out okay, overthinking things, getting worked up, being nervous and anxious, and pretty much stressing about anything and everything.
What does the Bible say about fear?
As a believer in Christ Jesus, you need to know what the Bible tells us about all these things; and you need to do as it tells you. The Bible tells us that the only thing we should fear is God. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love (1 John 4:18).
Of course there will be many things that happen in our lives that will cause us to fear, worry, and have anxiety, but through those things, Jesus will teach us faith. Our faith will be tested, and will grow through fear. So that could be a benefit, but we need to understand that fear is not what God wants for us. God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear; He gives us a spirit of POWER and of LOVE and of a SOUND MIND (2 Tim 1:7).
So when fear comes your way, don’t give in to it; instead, put your trust, faith and hope in God!
How to overcome fear!
1. KNOW and FEAR God!
Know that the only person you need to fear is God! To fear the Lord is to hate all evil, pride, arrogance, perverse speech, and ALL evil behavior (Proverbs 8:13). Basically, our whole duty as human beings is to fear God and keep his commandments (Eccl 12:13). The more you dwell in the word of God, meditating on His word day and night, and obeying His commandments, the more you’ll find that you’d be unwise (and a fool), for not fearing God. Even Jesus said:
“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him.” – (Luke 12:4-5)
When we truly know God and love Him, you get to live life knowing that the battle is God’s and not yours. When worries and fear come over, you know that all you have to do is give it to God, and you’ll have peace. In fact, you’ll be so content and untouched by trouble (Proverbs 19:23).
Fear God and know that even if the worst comes your way, He’ll always be your secure fortress and refuge (Proverbs 14:26-27), your God in whom you trust (Psalms 91:2).
2. Let the word of God dominate your thinking!
Who’s controlling your mind?? Is it the devil? Or is it God? There’s no in-between. We know the devil is out there to attack us, so when you give him a chance, he’ll take your mind for a playground. The Bible tells us that the law of God controls a righteous man’s thinking and heart, and his feet do not slip (Ps 37:31). Who is controlling your mind?
When you find yourself facing worry, fear and anxiety, be alert as to what you’re thinking about. Think about what God says is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report; and if there’s any virtue, and praise, think on these things (Phil 4:8).
Do you believe in Jesus? Do you really? Then take His word for it when He tells you that you should not worry (Matt 6:25-34). If you find it hard to do so, you need to seek Him more and get to know Him, because worry equals little faith in Him.
Saturate yourself in the word, and you will find wisdom and faith. Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17). Meditate on it day and night (Joshua 1:8) and see how it will change your thinking, behavior and actions. Don’t just read it. Study it! Word for word! Think about it, pray about it, talk about it, and sing praises with it (my favorite thing to do)!
3. Take captive every thought to obey Christ Jesus!
I tell you, when you let your mind dwell on negative thoughts, fear, or worry, you’re literally giving those thoughts a chance to consume you. And the more you do so, that very thing you’re worrying about or fearing, will take over you and control your mind because you’ve allowed it to. You let it in!
So, be sober and alert. Let the law of God control your thinking. Demolish every argument and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor 10:5)!
As a man thinketh, so is he (Proverbs 23:7). Be careful as to what you think of yourself, and what you generally think about.
4. Know who you are in Christ Jesus!
As a believer, you really need to know who you are in Christ Jesus! You’re an overcomer! A victor! A child of God! Now weapon formed against you shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17)! He who’s in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4)! God didn’t give you a spirit of fear (2 Tim 1:7)! You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13)! You’re fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:14)! I could go on and on. Find all those verses and many more. Speak them over yourself, study them, believe them, share them, talk about them.
5. Trust in God and Get Rid of Self!
When we’re worried, it is super easy to wander off in our minds and forget about what the scriptures tell us on the things we should think about. When faced with great fear, it is also super easy to fall into being so restless, stressed and worrisome. It can eventually get to a point that, that very fear and worry will form its hold around you. No matter how much you try to stop worrying or fearing whatever it is, you’ll still come back to it. You’ll feel stuck there. Eventually (if it’s so bad), it can end up into insomnia, depression, and the like of them.
In fact, if we really dwell in self-mode, pursue un-godly things and choose not to fear the Lord, and accept His advice on these things, we will eat the fruit of our ways and be filled with the fruit of our schemes (Proverbs 1:29-31). And we know that we are not to live by the flesh, because there’s sin in the flesh (self).
So, we need to get out of that self-mode and give everything to God, yes, including our thoughts, fears, and worries. Let go and let God! Don’t be wise in your own eyes (Proverbs 3:7-8)! When you’re struggling, believe and have faith in Jesus (Mark 5:36, Isaiah 35:4, Psalms 34:9, Deut 31:6).
What do you fear? Are you going to let fear control your life? Who’s controlling your mind?
Trust in the Lord God with all your heart, mind and soul, and see how that will change your life! He is your constant source of stability; and He abundantly provides safety, strength in your salvation, and great wisdom (Isa 33:6)!
“Look, God is my deliverer! I will trust in him and not fear. For the Lord gives me strength and protects me; he has become my deliverer.” – Isa 12:2 (NET)
“The Lord delivers and vindicates me! I fear no one! The Lord protects my life! I am afraid of no one!” – Ps 27:1 (NET)
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” – 1 John 4:18
God Loves YOU!