You probably already know what to do to overcome fear. You need to go against it, do the opposite of what it tells you to do, confront it, throw your all into fighting against it. But have you ever really done this?
If you’ve never had the strength to overcome your fears, ask for the help of God: “I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34.4.
Be courageous. Being courageous does not mean that you never feel fear. Being courageous entails deciding that there is something more important than listening to the voice of fear. The key to overcoming fear can be summed up in one word: decide. All of us can do this.
Use your reason. Overcoming fear is an exercise in intelligent faith. It is the mind overcoming the heart. Put your emotions to the side and limit yourself to the facts. Are you afraid of riding elevators? Ask yourself: How many people do I know that have been killed by riding an elevator? …or from flying? Dying from an airplane crash is 100 times less likely than dying from an automobile accident. Use this type of logic to rule out your fears.
Just like obeying God is a personal choice, choosing what and whether you fear is also a personal choice:
Decide not to fear your enemies/problems. Believe that God is with you! If you obey the Word of God, His presence is your Protection, Attorney and Judge.
“Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; for the LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” Deuteronomy 20.2-4.
Decide not to fear circumstances that are beyond your control. Place your worries in God’s hands. For example, Jesus says this about your future: “…do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things…” Matthew 6.34.
Develop a fear for God. Have a desire to please Him and a fear to displease Him. This is a wise and healthy fear. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9.10.
This is God’s command! The Bible repeatedly urges us, “do not be afraid”.
One detail: Intelligent faith is sensible. It knows that seeking a doctor’s advice, taking medication, having backups (alarms, insurance), avoiding dangerous places and other similar things do not signify a lack of faith. The Lord Jesus Himself said: “Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves,” Matthew 10.16, and, “You shall not tempt the LORD your God.” Matthew 4.7. Be balanced.
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