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Word of God Speak: Four Steps to Conquering Fear
An Amazing Truth
Conquering Fear is Important
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.— 1 John 4:18 ESV
Surely each one of us at one time or another has experienced fear taking hold. Much anxiety seems to stem from the unknown in our lives.
Taking proactive steps towards conquering fear is important for our overall well-being. This is my desire in sharing and discussing the following four steps in an effort to possibly help in conquering fear.
I am certainly not a Health Care Specialist and I don't have a degree in any kind of mental health related field; however, I do know when I put the following four steps into practice, then whatever fear has me held hostage is diminished.
Why Conquering Fear is Important
Negative Consequences Result
Circumstances are external and often beyond our control. But our response to these circumstances is crucial to overcoming this kind of fear.
Some of the negative consequences that may result from fear are:
- We are unable to reason (make wise decisions) when our minds are riddled with worry.
- We tend to procrastinate and experience a lack of productivity just from the fear of failure.
- Our personal and spiritual growth, relationships and work environment can become devastated from our apprehension.
Therefore, for obvious reasons, conquering fear is important.
When it comes to fear, our natural instincts may result in Choice One below, but in reality, of course, Choice Two is the wiser choice. However, how do we make that happen? Please read on.
What Steps Can We take to Conquer Fear?
1) Identify the Fear
Certainly, if our fear remains unidentified, then how are we able to even begin to deal with such fear?
At this point, it is a good time to ask ourselves some important questions, such as:
- What are the circumstances surrounding my feelings?
- What triggered them?
- What message am I telling myself?
By identifying our fear, we are able to move to the next step in attempting to conquer such fear.
2) Turn to God
Remember that God loves you and desires a close relationship with you.
I know whenever my mind becomes consumed with fear, especially about what "man" may do to me, for example, in a stressful work scenario, I am mindful of God's promise in Hebrews. The reality God reveals is that I have no reason to fear man. When God is on your side, there is no reason whatsoever to fear what man can do to you.
It’s amazing how fear diminishes in our Heavenly Father’s presence; so please be mindful to bring your apprehension to Him.
Another area that seems to grip all of us at times is fear of the unknown. This has been one of the hardest fears for me to deal with over my lifetime until I finally realized that not one ounce of energy I expend in this area of fear has ever helped to bring peace about what the future holds.
I am thankful that I now understand how important it is to just enjoy this present day.
This Truth Helps put Things into Perspective
3) Rebuke the Fear
The word "rebuke" is a strong word for the word "scold" or, in other words, telling fear to take a hike.
One Scripture passage that comes to mind is Proverbs 1:33, as quoted below. Please allow God’s truth to replace any negative and harmful thinking. All I know for sure is that God is not a liar and His love for us is true. When our thinking is not in alignment with God's truth, then it's time to refocus on His truths. He loves us so much and desires we have life and have it to the full.
Remember You're in Good Hands with God
4) Cling to Your Heavenly Father
Practical Ways to Cling to God
I have realized that when I cling to God's promises, and claim them for myself, then peace replaces any fear I may have at any particular time. Of course, just claiming His promises without truly believing Him, is to no avail.
Another practical way to cling to God is to pray. He loves to be in communication with us (as does anyone in a healthy relationship), and one way to do so is through prayer. Personally, I talk (or pray) to Him like He is my best friend in this life because He is my best friend.
Another practical way to cling to God is by reading His Word. His Word is a special gift to all, so one cannot go wrong there! I love to start off my day by reading a particular scripture. It only takes less than five minutes before I rush out the door for my day. I've noticed on the days I fail to do so, my anxiety level seems to rise and take hold easier than when I take five minutes to read God's loving words. Today, I read Isaiah 41:10, which is quoted below.
And finally, sometimes life's circumstances are pretty harsh and we are unable to even muster up any words to even pray. Those times call for a cry out to the Lord God. He hears and understands groans too. Believe me when I say that I've had plenty days of just groans.
Nowhere does God tell us that life will be without its tribulations, but He does promise to help give us strength to reach the other side of that huge, deep valley to come out on the other side victorious.
A Beautiful Assurance from God
Please take a moment to answer the poll.
Do you think these four steps are easy enough to at least give a try in conquering fear?
What is this "Rhema" Series?
Rhema, in the Bible, is many times translated as the word "word".
Rhema is believed to be a special revelation from God. It may come as a realization that a Biblical verse, in spite of its context, applies to a current event or set of circumstances.
If You Missed It - The First in this Series
- Word of God Speak: 8 Thoughts to Think on to Attain Perfect Peace
Have you ever thought it possible to attain perfect peace in this life? God tells us exactly how one can attain peace just by what thoughts we think. Our thoughts weigh heavy on our peace.
Thank you for joining me here once again for the second article in this new "Rhema" series.
My hope is that these four steps to conquering fear will help those, or even just one, consumed with fear.
My "Rhema" Experience
A Beautiful Truth I Needed
My True "Rhema" Story
- The Sweetest Five Red Words of Jesus - A True Story
A true account of how sweet He is, and how much He desires that abundant life for us. Have you ever heard the five words that are so sweet and changed your whole life? I have, and I praise God!
Speaking of receiving a "word" or specific scripture from God right at the precise time you need it, I am reminded of a time during my son's teenage years. Being I have already written on that topic, I will just include a link to that story. I do mention it here because, as I stated, I was given a particular scripture, and that scripture is Mark 5:36. It is just one simple and short sentence of Jesus' words, "Don't be afraid; just believe."
I cried out to Him, and He comforted me through His Word at the precise time I needed His comfort. I'm glad I was listening to Him and looking to Him, thereby being reminded of His particular truth; there is nothing for me to fear.
"Don't be afraid; just believe."— Mark 5:36 NIV
My Prayer for All
I pray for a day free of anxiety for all;
I pray that all will be able to give their worries to You, and
You, God, will give all peace. May Your perfect love cast out all fear in our lives!
In Christ's name I pray.
Please remember to take your focus off your circumstances, and look to the One who promises His help.
Sometimes in this life when fear grips me, I will start looking all around for someone to help, and then realize I need to just stop and look up to God, for He is surely our One true help in time of trouble.
Persons with health concerns should discuss them with a health care professional or doctor. This article is not intended for medical advice but merely information and background.
Thought for the Day
What if you faced your fears with faith?
Fear can keep us up all night; but Faith makes one fine pillow.
Another Perspective on Fear from a Fellow Writer and Friend
- Eric's Sunday Sermon; Worry, Anxiety and Fear
Let us examine some of the stuff that causes and goes along with Worry, Anxiety and Fear. Most certainly there is a cure to be found. May you find yours.