What’s your fear factor?
Mine is the fear of the unknown in regards to my children’s future. I have a friend who is very afraid of spiders, and another who is afraid of heights. I also know someone who is afraid of being alone.
Fear is an emotion. When it is in balance with our mind, body, and spirit, it is good and can be used in a healthy way to protect us from danger.
When it is out of balance, however, it can be paralyzing.
When the emotion of fear overwhelms us as individuals, it usually stems from not being able to control a certain aspect of our life, and/or fear of the unknown.
So, as Christians, how do we put fear in its’ place and balance this emotion so that we do not have to live in bondage to it? God’s Word gives us some great answers!
Recognize daily that God is large in comparison to our fears:
Ephesians 3:14-21 – for this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Trust God and walk in courage through fear:
Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and He will direct your path.
Read the Story of Esther in the Bible:
Esther was a common woman who was obedient to God and walked in courage through her fears. Because of this she saved her people.
Remember to claim the power of the Holy Spirit that resides in you:
2 Timothy 1:7 – For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Read Psalms 91 out loud to yourself daily (here is portion of it):
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
Acknowledge daily that God is in control. Daily bring your needs to Him and lay your burdens down at His feet to find peace and rest:
Philippians 4:6-8 – Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Finally, practice, practice, practice!!!
Philippians 4:9 – Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
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