Fear can be powerful. There is a natural fear that produces a ‘fight or flight’ response which can spare us from harm. Finding a rattlesnake in the wild is a legitimate example of using ‘fight or flight’ to our benefit.
Fear can be paralyzing. If we become unmovable, paralyzation leaves us susceptible to the rattlesnake’s venomous strike. We want to avoid becoming paralyzed by fear. We can overcome fear and move forward in the freedom Christ provides for us.
5 Ways to Overcome Our Fears
1) Prayer with Thanksgiving = Leads to Peace
We can pray and give thanks to God for who He is – He is Faithful and True. We can thank Him for the many ways He has blessed us. We can thank Him for His peace and allow His peace to guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:6-7 NASB
“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” ~John 14:27 WEB
2) Submission to God = Leads to Comfort and Confidence
We can give God our cares, troubles and pains. We do not have to carry them. We can receive His comforting arms of love embracing us. We can trust Him.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~Isaiah 41:10 NKJV
“When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your comforts delight me.” ~Psalm 94:19 AMP
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” ~Psalm 23:4 NASB
“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.” ~Psalm 56:3 WEB
“In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have refuge.” ~Proverbs 14:26 NASB
“You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is your help and your shield.” ~Psalm 115:11 NASB
3) Taking our Thoughts Captive = Leads to Freedom
When we take our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ Jesus, we refuse every hook, snare or entanglement of the enemy, and we find life, peace, joy and freedom.
“We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ.” ~2 Corinthians 10:5 AMP
“The fear of man brings a snare, but one who trusts in the Lord will be protected.” ~Proverbs 29:25 NASB
“The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” ~Hebrews 13:6 NASB
“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-control.” ~2 Timothy 1:7 WEB
4) Renewing our Mind = Leads to Transformation
God’s Word reminds us,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!” ~Isaiah 43:1b
“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes out of the mouth of God.” ~Matthew 4:4 NASB
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~Romans 8:38-39 NASB
Dr. Tom Wood shares, “Your courage is not the absence of fear, but applied faith in the power of God in the middle of your fear.” And, “If you are already a follower of Christ, you already have the Divine Power to deal with your fear because you have the Spirit in you.”
God’s Word encourages us,
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” ~Psalm 27:1 NASB
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” ~Psalm 34:4 NASB
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~Isaiah 41:10 NASB
Dr. Wood states, “Our Fight is by Faith – not a matter of renewed will, but renewed faith. Every Christian deals with this issue. It is central to not listen to the lie, but to believe God and His Gospel. ‘He loved me and gave himself for me.’ Love is the antidote to Fear.”
5) Gazing on Him who Loves Us = Leads to us Radiating His Love to Others
In God’s Word, we learn of God’s love freeing us from unhealthy fears. God’s love is displayed through Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross for our sins. God’s love is manifested through His resurrection power which empowers us to live free in Him. God’s love gives us hope that He can guide us out of crippling fears within us and around us. God’s love ushers us into His marvelous light, freedom and peace. If God’s love can set us free from unhealthy fears, then how do we walk away from our day-to-day struggle with fear?
Jessica Kastner eloquently states, “When faced with even the deepest most crippling of fear, we need to trust God with the confidence a child ascribes to a loving parent. The key is abiding in that love, on a daily-even hourly-basis. It has to be more than a Biblical truth in our lives. We need to experience it continually.”
God’s Word proclaims,
“God is love.” ~1 John 4:8
“They looked to Him, and were radiant. Their faces shall never be covered with shame.” ~Psalm 34:5 WEB
The song, Here in Your Presence, by Jonathan Egan inspires us to gaze upon Him in all His glory.
Here in Your Presence, we are undone
Here in Your Presence, heaven and earth become one
Here in Your Presence, all things are new
Here in Your Presence, everything bows before You
The Bridge proclaims who He is:
Matchless in every way
As we overcome our unhealthy fears, we do want to walk in one healthy fear, the Fear of the Lord.
Healthy Fear: The Fear of the Lord
Robert Strimple says, “There is the convergence of awe, reverence, adoration, honor, worship, confidence, thankfulness, love, and, yes, fear.”
C.S. Lewis references the Fear of the Lord in his book, The Problem of Pain. Lewis expresses that it is not the “fear one feels towards a tiger or even a ghost. Rather, the Fear of the Lord is one filled with awe, in which you ‘feel wonder and a certain shrinking’ before Him or ‘a sense of inadequacy to cope with such a visitant.’ It is a fear that comes forth out of love for the Lord.”
The Word of God speaks of Jesus in the book of Isaiah. It says, “And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.”
Bible love notes states, “A healthy fear of God removes unhealthy fear.”
What is The Fear of the Lord?
The Fear of the Lord is:
- the beginning of knowledge (Pr. 1:7a)
- wisdom; beginning of wisdom; good understanding (Job 28:28; Ps. 111:10; Pr. 2:6, 9:10)
- an awe producer (Psalms 33:8)
- a fountain of life; leads to life; prolongs our lives (Proverbs 10:27; 14:27; 19:22)
- our hatred of evil; helps us turn from evil (Proverbs 8:13, 16:6; Job 28:28)
- mercy (Luke 1:50)
- friendship (Psalms 25:4)
- blessed; it will be well with us (Psalms 112:1, 128:1-4; 1 Samuel 12:14)
- we are found acceptable (Acts 10:35)
- our help and our shield (Psalms 115:11)
May we walk in the healthy ‘Fear of the Lord’ and overcome all tempting fears. May we overcome each fear through these life-giving actions: prayer with thanksgiving which leads to peace; submission to God which leads to comfort and confidence; taking our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ which leads to freedom; renewing our minds which leads to transformation; and gazing on Him who loves us which leads to us radiating His love to others.
Lord, we ask You to deliver us from the spirit of fear. We ask You to empower us to pray with thanksgiving, to submit to You with all of our hearts, to take our thoughts captive, to renew our minds in Your Word, and to gaze on You in Your loveliness. We desire to radiate You to others, to be transformed into Your image, to receive Your comfort, and to walk in Your confidence, freedom and peace.
Lord, just as You walked in a ‘spirit of wisdom and understanding, a spirit of counsel and strength, a spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord,’ we desire to walk in the same spirit as You. We desire to walk in awe of You. We desire to walk in wisdom and mercy while turning from evil. We desire to know You as friend, know Your blessing, Your help, and You as our shield. We desire the Fear of the Lord to spring forth as a fountain of life in us that others might drink and be satisfied with You. Amen.
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