In my last article, I talked about how the fear of failure holds us back from living the life God intends for us.
Today, I want to help you understand how to overcome fear when it arises.
You see God wants us to think like David thought in this scripture:
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 (NKJV)
God testified in Acts 13:22 David was, “a man after my own heart”. I believe the boldness and courage in David’s heart was a part of what God found so pleasing.
Therefore, we too should seek to please God by overcoming our fear.
How to Conquer Your Fear
I struggle with fear so, I’m assuming many of you do too. Hence, we need to have a plan to beat it.
“Faith is the antidote to fear,” according to Joyce Meyer and I believe she is right.
By bolstering your faith, you diminish your fear.
I’m not sure that, here on Earth, we can ever be completely free of fear. Our goal is simply to not let our fear hold us back from doing God’s will for our lives. We have to minimize fear and push through it.
Don’t you think that David was just a little afraid when he was about to confront Goliath? I bet he was, but did he let it hold him back? No way!
You can defeat the giants in your life too and here are some ways to do so.
1. Store Up God’s Word in Your Heart
The first thing you need to do to overcome fear is read your Bible daily (if not more often).
God’s Word is like a spiritual vitamin for your soul. It will boost your faith.
Worry is meditating on your fear. When you meditate on something, you enlarge it in your life.
Instead of meditating on fear, meditate on God’s Word. Memorize scriptures about courage and strength. When fear arises, recall these scriptures and roll them over and over in your mind.
2. Declare What You Believe Out Loud
I have come to believe that there is something intensely powerful that happens when you say out loud what you believe.
Ephesians 6:17 says the Word of God is the sword of the Spirit.
In my mind’s eye, when I declare out loud my agreement with God’s Word, I see myself swinging a powerful sword destroying fear.
I repeat things like:
- You can do immeasurably more than I can even imagine. (Eph 3:20)
- You work all things together for my good. (Rom 8:28)
- I will fear no evil for you are with me! (Psalm 23:4)
- If you are for me, who can be against me? (Rom 8:31)
- Your ways are so much higher than my ways. (Isaiah 55:9)
- I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus! (Rom 8:37)
- You are faithful even when I am not. (2 Timothy 2:13)
Saying these affirmations of God’s faithfulness to me always strengthens me and revives my faith in Him.
This surge of faith extinguishes my fear.
3. Press Forward in Some Small Way
When we sit still, we tend to worry. Worry only blows up our fear into unrealistic proportions.
As I’ve already pointed out, faith is the antidote to fear. But, we are told in James 2:17, “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
Thus, the ultimate remedy to fear is to step forward in faith in some small way. Our faith must be tied closely to action.
As you put legs to your faith, God’s Spirit will rise up in you quenching your fear. A sense of peace and freedom will overwhelm you.
Ask yourself, “What is one small task (in the direction of my fear) that I can complete right now?”
Once you identify it, then do it. You’ll be amazed at how good it feels.
We often leave prayer until last. Just like I’ve done here.
When all else fails, we pray about it.
What if we prayed first? What if we asked God for strength, courage and faith to confront our fear?
Let’s copy Jesus in this way. Here’s what He said when he warned of Peter’s impending denial of Him (which was a result of fear):
Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers. Luke 22:31-32 ESV
Jesus prayed in advance that Peter’s faith would not fail in the face of adversity.
We should pray regularly – daily even for some of us – that our faith, our antidote to fear, will not fail.
Here’s what Jesus said about prayer:
I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. Mark 11:24 NLT
Pray first and believe that God will come to your aid.
God Trumps Fear
Practicing the guidance above will diminish your fear significantly. But, in the end, you must press on in faith even when you are afraid.
Courage is like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.
God will not forsake you. As His Word says:
There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. Philippians 1:6 MSG
As you continue to confront fear with faith, God will complete His great work in you. He will bring it to a flourishing finish.
May you be strengthened and emboldened by God. Amen!
What did you find most useful in this article today? Please leave a comment and let me know!