ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Religion and Philosophy»
  • Christianity, the Bible & Jesus

Word of God Speak: Four Steps to Conquering Fear

Updated on May 26, 2016
Faith Reaper profile image

Theresa loves to share her true life accounts when the Lord shows up mightily in her life. She knows He still performs miracles today.

An Amazing Truth

Perfect love drives out fear.  1 John 4:18 NIV
Perfect love drives out fear. 1 John 4:18 NIV | Source

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.

1 John 4:18 Perfect love casts out fear.
1 John 4:18 Perfect love casts out fear. | Source

Why Conquering Fear is Important

2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV | Source

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.

Fear is a liar.
Fear is a liar. | Source

Your Choice

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.

Choice Two

Face

Everything

And

Rise

Choice One

Forget

Everything

And

Run

What Steps Can We take to Conquer Fear?

1) Identify the Fear

Random Doodling No. 224
Random Doodling No. 224 | Source

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

What can anyone do to me?
What can anyone do to me? | Source

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

Matthew 6:34
Matthew 6:34 | Source

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

Proverbs 1:33
Proverbs 1:33 | Source

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

Isaiah 41:10
Isaiah 41:10 | Source

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?

See results

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.

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

Mark: 5:36 "Don't be afraid; only believe!" HCSB
Mark: 5:36 "Don't be afraid; only believe!" HCSB | Source

A Beautiful Truth I Needed

Mark 5:36 from My Women's Devotional NIV Bible
Mark 5:36 from My Women's Devotional NIV Bible | Source

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

Heavenly Father,

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.

Amen

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.

Disclaimer

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.

Lily sleeps peacefully while dreaming she is a kitten.
Lily sleeps peacefully while dreaming she is a kitten. | Source

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 6 months ago from southern USA

      So true, for no doubt His love abides in you and overflows out into the world.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      For me that great God's love is found in God's children. You spread it well.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 6 months ago from southern USA

      Aw, thank you, Dear Eric ...Yes, let's hope and pray, especially in these seemingly fear-driven times. When we know of God's great love, fear diminishes!

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We hope and pray that your good message is received.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 6 months ago from southern USA

      Hi there, wba,

      Thank you so much for reading! I appreciate your comments which add much to the topic of this hub.

      It's true ...when we truly believe Him and His promises, then we know in our heart there is nothing to fear.

    • wba108@yahoo.com profile image

      wba108@yahoo.com 6 months ago from upstate, NY

      When I deal with fear, I'm reminded of what it really is, False Evidence Appearing Real. I'm told that Fear is actually faith in the devil.

      "It’s amazing how fear diminishes in our Heavenly Father’s presence; so please be mindful to bring your apprehension to Him."

      I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment, you can't be full of fear and have an awareness of God at the same time.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 12 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Jay C,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts about being a former Peace Officer. That is very wise. Love covers a multitude of sins no doubt.

      God bless you and thank you for reading

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 12 months ago from southern USA

      Dear Audrey,

      Oh, you stated that so beautifully! I wish I had said that about focusing on love first and all will fall into place. What a beautiful truth you have shared here in your lovely commenting.

      Exactly right about fear not coming from God. I will join you in that sweet prayer

      Love and blessings to you and yours, sweet lady

      Hugs

    • Jay C OBrien profile image

      Jay C OBrien 12 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      "Perfect Love Drives Out Fear." As a retired Peace Officer I know it is important to listen, be alert and use patience before making an arrest. When an arrest is needed we should use only the least amount of force needed to make the arrest. Peace Officers should never use force in retaliation or begin with an intent to kill. (Soldiers begin with an intent to kill.) We should love the God in every person, even though we cannot love the person himself or condone their actions.

    • vocalcoach profile image

      Audrey Hunt 12 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      "Perfect Love Drives Out Fear"...these words say it all. We have been commanded to "love one another" and when we focus first on love, everything else falls in to place. I love this message you have given to us Faith. So important!

      Fear doesn't come from God. Fear blocks our growth whether it be spiritual, mental or physical. As President Roosevelt said, "There is nothing to fear but fear itself."

      My prayer is to always walk in His light with faith and courage that I might sweep all fear from my daily journey here on this glorious planet.

      Thank you precious Faith for another inspirational message.

      Love and blessings to you and yours.

      Audrey

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

      Hi teaches,

      So lovely to see you here this day! For sure about identifying our fear and then the key ...turn it over to God. I appreciate your insightful comment.

      God bless you too, dear lady

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 14 months ago

      Thank you for writing this article on how to overcome fear. Your points are right on target and ones I will keep close in spirit. I find that identifying fear and turning it over to God works wonders. God bless you, Faith Reaper.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, dearest friend, Patricia,

      You and your precious family are so strong and brave to face such battles each day, and I know you know how God can help us get through one day at a time to live ...and not exist. You have shared such beautiful and inspirational thoughts here in your commenting, which is never a surprise to me. I don't know if you realize this or not, but you inspire so many.

      God bless you and your precious family ...thank you for the Angels and I know Angels are already there all around you and that precious little grandson

      (((Hugs)))

    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 14 months ago from sunny Florida

      Dear Precious Theresa...You are so right. Fear can drag us down and leave us unable to move forward. It is insidious and deceitful. And learning to cast it aside and live in the promise of God's strength and mercy is not easy but once it happens is a new beginning. We began in fear many years ago when Jay, my eldest grandson was so ill and they could not find answers. Then a few years later my daughter got her first diagnosis of her first cancer and we were mired deeper in fear. But it was at that time that I guess we heard God's voice telling us He would walk with us, and carry us up and over life's most difficult times...so we made a promise then to not miss one single moment of any day from then on worrying about what we cannot control And it is empowering and has carried us through so many difficult times. That does not mean that we are not concerned about issues...it just means that we are not carrying them around like an albatross. We are living, rather than existing.

      thank you for sharing this message, Theresa. I do hope many read and garner much courage from your message. Angels are once again on the way to you ps shared

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Shyron,

      Oh, I'm so happy your fear has become less and less after reading of God's truths shared here. His peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding is so amazing, when we place our full trust and faith in Him, and it diminishes in His presence.

      Thank you for your kind comment.

      (((Hugs))) and Blessings to you too, sweet friend

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 14 months ago from Texas

      Theresa of Faith, I have heard the saying so many times: "You have nothing to fear, but fear it's self".

      Then I read your beautiful word of encouragement and my fear becomes less and less.

      This message is beautiful

      Blessings and Hugs my dear friend.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, thank you so much for the share too! You are so kind to do so.

      God bless

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

      Hello Perspycacious,

      Thank you for such lovely visits here this day. I appreciate your insightful comments and, yes, fear is most often of our own making ...in our mind where we allow those false imaginations to take hold in lieu of His truths. You're spot on about obedience being a shield. We can believe in God, but when we truly believe Him and claim His promises for ourselves, then we are able to experience peace, His peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding.

      Throughout my lifetime, I have allowed myself to become fearful, and now I am mindful that I have nothing to fear when I place my trust in the Lord God, for He certainly is not a liar, and I know He loves me.

      Oh, how kind of you to mention my hub on how to experience freedom! I do love that image too, and before I even rise up out of my bed, I am mindful to put on that full armor of God, then I am set for the day. Yes, "Oh no! She's up." Haha

      I do hope the next one is as well-received as this one on conquering fear and my first one on attaining peace.

      It is indeed nice to see our shared friends responding positively here. I truly love all of my writer friends here, and when I began to write here, I never dreamed so many would read what I write and much less care to comment. What a blessing to be so welcomed into this special community of writers from around the world!

      I will have to try to find your Haiku ...Wow, I'm happy it was so well-received too.

      Blessings

    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Your Hub on how to experience freedom has the great visual of the gal getting up in the morning and making a fearful Satan exclaim "Oh no! She's up." Priceless.

      Your next in this series deals with my most popular Haiku (926 views, no less!) Good luck with that one, but I have no fear about its being a winner, too.

    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Often fear is of our own making, whereas obedience is our shield.

      Gratitude is important for it acknowledges our blessings and their source.

      Gratitude has its place, but Obedience, Love, and Charity are the watchwords for a Christ-like life.

      Shared.

      It's nice to see so many of our shared friends responding so positively to this one!

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, Deb,

      Oh, yes, that is probably the most famous quote about Fear of all time for sure, and so true too. You're right about having no control over others, but we have no reason to fear what others can do to us when we trust God to protect us from our enemies.

      You are blessed to find such joy on your beautiful lake surrounded by all of God's creatures. I know you do find true joy there in knowing you are proactive in helping to protect them and doing your best to keep them from being harmed. Whenever we do our part to help, the fear seems to diminish just a bit more each time in knowing the world is a little bit better place to be because we care.

    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 15 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Very good advice. Franklin Delano Roosevelt coined the phrase, that there is nothing to fear, but fear itself. Sadly, we have no control over those that we work with or come into our public places, but the beauty of all that is that we do not have to go home to these people. I take great joy at my lake, as well as with all the animals, for this is the avenue that brings true joy to my life, while I work to protect them.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, Dear Flourish,

      My prayer is that your relative will find strength to deal with whatever she may be facing. I'm glad I included what I now call my true "Rhema" story here, for to me, my family and I were dealing with unbelievable circumstance too. I pray she finds comfort in God's Word.

      Peace and blessings to you and yours

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      I am sending his to a relative who is facing nearly unbelievable circumstances, the types of things that happen to "others." She should find strength in your hub.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill (lifegate),

      Yes, indeed, it is very good ...God's Word! We are so blessed to have God's Word right at our fingertips for whenever we need it and God covers every scenario that could possible come up in this life. What a gift!

      "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." The Word is the light ...Jesus.

      I'm always happy when you are able to stop by and read.

      God bless

    • lifegate profile image

      William Kovacic 15 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      It sounds good to me - and of course it is. It's God's Word. Thank you Faith, for shining light on it.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, my, Dear Frank,

      I'm speechless for once! That is just too sweet of you and your flash readers may say, what's up with Frank : )

      Hugs from southern USA

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

      Hi Faith, just copied link onto one of might sights.. I know it isnt flash fiction, but I hope it gets hits...:)

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Genna,

      It's always lovely to see you stopping by to read. I know when I cast all my cares to Him, and have Faith that He is more than capable of handling all of it, then I am able to sleep so peacefully, so Faith truly makes one fine pillow.

      Oh, God is a big God and He desires so much to be in communication with each and every one of us, and through prayer is how we have that intimate and personal relationship with Him. So, He certainly can handle it all. A lot of people don't want to bother God because they feel that very way, thinking He has His hands full, but He is more than capable of doing it all, and so desires you to take every little care to Him.

      I'm glad you found this to be inspirational, dear Genna.

      Hugs and much love always

    • Genna East profile image

      Genna East 15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "Fear can keep us up all night; but Faith makes one fine pillow." What beautiful words. I believe in God with all my heart, and with prayer. But I don't pray very often because I feel that too many others need Him more than I. It's silly, I know, but I sometimes think that He has too much on his plate. Thank you for this inspirational hub, dearest Faith. Hugs my friend.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Alicia,

      I'm glad you found both the presentation and message here beautiful. I do love to share how, when I place my faith and trust in Him and claim His promises, not only by reading them but doing them, just how effective they are and have been in my life experiences. I know that when I was told I had DCIS Breast Cancer, I felt no fear, just peace, His peace, the peace that passes all understanding.

      So, it is true I desire to help others by sharing my life experiences to possibly help others, even if one is helped, then I am happy to share.

      I am reminded, too, that God tells us to not merely read His Word and deceive ourselves, but do what it says. That is the key, to put it into practice in our daily lives.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 15 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a beautiful hub both visually and in its content, Theresa. I love the way in which you have shared your faith as well as your wonderful desire to help others.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Mike,

      I appreciate you popping over to my side of HP Town and I'm glad you felt energy flowing from these words. God's words do exactly that, and best of all they never return void!

      Thank you for the quick but generous comment.

      God bless you and yours always

    • mckbirdbks profile image

      mckbirdbks 15 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      The energy just flowed out reading this work. Faith your heart is full.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Devika,

      I'm so glad you found this a valuable hub. I truly appreciate your comment about how I present my hubs, as I try my best to think of my readers and to make it visually pleasing in addition to the message I am attempting to convey.

      It's always nice when you stop by to read.

      God bless you

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You shared a valuable hub. I like the way you present your hubs always unique.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Maria,

      Thank you so much for your most generous and kind comments here.

      Woo, you know it ...fear it such a big liar! Well, it has taken me a lifetime to tell fear to take a hike and realize the life that fear would have us to live is no life at all! Life can be so complicated at times, so it is important to know from where are strength comes.

      Lily still loves dreaming about kitty cats and that was even her birthday theme here just the other weekend. Well, she really loves all animals and wants to be a Vet to help animals feel better and then wants to go out and rescue them as well. All animals will be in good hands with her sweet heart caring for them.

      I hope you and yours (including sweet Andy boy) enjoy a peaceful night as well.

      Love you too, sweet friend

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi MsDora,

      Yes, that has been the case in my experience too that fear is crippling. It leads to a lot of harm on one's physical, mental and spiritual well-being when we forgot to look up to God and be mindful to claim His promises. I know it can completely stop me in my tracks of being productive and that is surely no way to go through this life, allowing fear to dictate its lies to us.

      Thank you for sharing your experiences with fear and then knowing to reach for His promises. God is indeed our strength and our refuge in times of need.

      God bless you

    • marcoujor profile image

      Maria Jordan 15 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Faith,

      You put much thought and care in the building of your hubs - selecting the most perfect quotes from scripture, photography and songs.

      Fear is indeed a liar and can hold us back from living life. You've provided steps based in faith that are fail - proof. This writing comes easily for you because you are the real deal / writing straight from your heart.

      And I LOVE sweet Lily and her dreamy, kitty-cat smiles.

      Have a peaceful night. Love you much, Maria

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Isaac Weithers 15 months ago from The Caribbean

      Fear is crippling, and in my experience, nothing else distracts and slows me down like it does. That's when I reach for the promises, like those you quoted above. God is certainly our Refuge. Thank you for this valuable lesson in overcoming.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, thank you again, MizB.

      We used to have a huge waterbed and it was heated too. I loved that bed! And I was truly grateful for it. My daughter was just a small child then and she called it the "float" hahaha

      I am grateful for your wonderful comments.

    • MizBejabbers profile image

      MizBejabbers 15 months ago

      That is beautiful. I will remember to give thanks for my warm waterbed and my pillow. I look forward to your next one on gratitude.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi MizB,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, Rhema was a new word to me too back about eight years ago when we lived in the city. Then, as I stated in another comment, our church at the time had a wonderful community-wide women's Bible study. I learned so much.

      You are so right about as we grow older, we do become a lot more thankful for all of our life's blessings, than when we were younger and just had taken them for granted. Nowadays, I surely don't take anything for granted.

      Another good insight you have mentioned about money not being the focus of our happiness but being grateful for family, good health, friends and a sound mind is what comes to my mind ...plus I am so thankful for my soft pillow to lie my head down on each night, especially knowing there are many who have nothing but asphalt for a pillow.

      I do have another hub in the works about gratitude and how it plays so much in our every day happiness, just simply by being thankful. I appreciate the insight you have shared here, as it certainly adds much to the topic of this hub.

      We are truly blessed beyond measure.

    • MizBejabbers profile image

      MizBejabbers 15 months ago

      It is a beautiful article, and i had not heard of RHEMA. This is great advice for those who live by the Bible. I think we all face fears when we are younger, but we come to accept life experiences as we grow old. One of my spiritual advisers says to give thanks for our abundance, and we will receive more abundance. By this he didn't mean money, he meant family, friends, health and other blessings that come our way. I had already been thanking God for my abundance (meaning my good job) but now I am thankful for all my blessings. I think it helps to allay fears when you give thanks for your abundance because you are blessed.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Well, look at you, Dear Frank, popping in to just add another sweet comment!

      I appreciate you taking the time out to come back and tell me that, as it means the world to me.

      You are too good to me, but I love it.

      God bless you too, big time!

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Oh, I understand completely for when my babies were babies too, I was so consumed with fear and even prayed that God would keep me alive until they were no longer babies, and He did, of course, for I am still here. My husband worked nights during their entire childhood, and so it was very difficult. I never had postpartum depression but I understand how debilitating it is to be consumed with such fear. Since you had a hard time conceiving, I bet that contributed to your fear because you wanted to protect those babies even more so! I can't even imagine your fear, sweetie.

      I'm so happy you and your husband were able to join in a Bible study, as His Word is pure truth and truly brings comfort. It is a beautiful gift from Him and there is not one situation in this world He does not give us the answer to in His Word. He is sweet like that, you know. No, God did not leave us without a friend ... a best friend to me in this life, and I know He is your best friend too.

      Oh, that video is by a Christian band, MercyMe, which my husband and I've seen in concert. They are so wonderful to praise God and bring His Word to light through their music. They certainly use their God-given gift of music to glorify Him. I used the same song by that group in my last "Word of God Speak" hub in this series, but the video is different but with the same song. I hope to use that same song throughout this series, just use a different video.

      Oh, I am happy you are inspired to get started on that great topic for a hub we were discussing! I'm so looking forward to it. I know you will do such a wonderful job with it, as you always do, Jackie.

      Yes, all good, dear friend!

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

      I wanted to add, that you put so much hard work into a hub..like this and it shows.. God Bless you ... big time..

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Ruby,

      So true about the daily fears of this life, especially with all that is going on in this world right down, it is no wonder we can become consumed with fear. You are taking the perfect measures to relieving fear in praying and meditating on God's Word. I do that very thing ...read God's Word aloud and it is two-fold when we do that, as we are not only seeing His Word but hearing it and it then wears a memory path into our brains. That is exactly how I am able to recall scripture when I need it is from when I read it aloud. Also, it chases away any evil that may be lingering around us and attempting to keep us from reading His Word.

      You are so kind in your commenting. My hope is that if one person receives a blessing from reading or is helped even in the smallest of ways, then I'm happy to have written what God reveals to me. All glory goes to Him.

      Oh, that photo at the end is of one of my precious granddaughters, Lily. She is such a darling, as they all are to me. She just loves kitties and loves it when I make up her face like a little kitty with rosy lips.

      Peace and blessings to you and yours this day and every day, dear heart

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 15 months ago from The Beautiful South

      I remember a horrible time in my life with fear when my babies well were babies and I had no reason to fear but I did and I think it was death and then maybe it had something to do with two babies in a row a year apart but it was a must because I had such a hard time conceiving but I don't think postpartum depression back then was recognized or discussed.

      Whatever it was it was a VERY scary time and my husband was off to work all the time and Mom busy raising a baby granddaughter so I had no one to help me but thankfully God was watching and not long after that my husband and I got into bible study for the first time in our lives and the word just brings all the answers we need. It doesn't mean we will have no more troubles but we will be able to handle them all, God did not leave us without a friend, He is always there and His word is all we ever need.

      You have done a great job on this Theresa and I love that video which sounds so very much like Richard Marx and I know it isn't but so very good!

      You have inspired me to at least get started on the hub you and i discussed. I have found some wonderful videos for it. There is always great things to come from talking about our Lord and how we all need Him so much!

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Nell,

      Panic attacks are so terrifying for sure and I hate you experience those. I understand too about that out of control feeling due to others trying to run your life! Not a pleasant reality there. Well, you are on your way to conquering your fear because you have it identified. Glad you found this to be great advice here and hope it helps somehow.

      No one should go through this life with fear. Just tell fear to take a hike!

      Peace and blessings to you, dear Nell

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      You express God's love beautifully. Fear of the unknown is the most debilitating factor in our daily life. I fight against fear. I find when I pray and meditate it relieves that fear, and something I have been doing, ( suggested by my pastor ) when reading the bible, read it aloud. It seems to clarify the meaning so much more. Thank you for the scriptures. I will read them today. That picture of the child is adorable. God's blessings to you and family.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi again, Cynthia!

      I am blessed by your visits here this day to my hubs. I'm glad to see you back here on HP. I hope you have time to publish something.

      Oh, I am so glad you were guided here and this helped you in some way, dear heart. I understand exactly what you are saying about fear dragging us down into that deep dark pit of despair, for this life can be so brutal at times, I know.

      Please do meditate on His Word. These scriptures have always comforted me because His truth is the real deal, no counterfeit fix for sure.

      I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, dear one.

      Hugs and much love and peace to you and yours this day and every day

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 15 months ago from England

      Great hub and so true! I do have terrible panic attacks, but I know why. its because I feel my life is out of control, others are trying to control me and its driving me nuts! I just want to be me not what they want me to be, sorry rabbiting on there! lol! great advice as always, nell

    • techygran profile image

      Cynthia 15 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      I really needed to read this today. I have allowed myself to be pulled downward into a snarl of fear and anxiety, and then, of course, guilt.

      I plan to meditate upon the Scripture and wisdom you provide in this article. God bless you! -Cynthia

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hello tsmog,

      I'm glad you found this encouraging as to how we can deal with our fears.

      Fear is a big liar and when we look up to the One who can provide relief from fear, it is certainly encouraging when fear diminishes.

      Peace and blessings always

    • tsmog profile image

      Tim Mitchell 15 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Thanks for sharing and providing encouragement too.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      You know it, Dear Bill ...how wonderful indeed!

      I remember in my youth being riddled with fear and that is surely no way to go through this life. I'm so happy you are living a fear-free life now!

      It is a truth that I hope many know so that they may experience life as it should be lived. Fear is an ugly liar!

      Thank you for sharing and leaving such an insightful comment.

      Hugs

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Shan,

      I'm glad you found this beautiful and useful, as God's Word is just that and then some! Yes, it is human nature to look all around and simply forget to look up. All I do know is that when I call upon Him in times of trouble, my fear diminishes. Fear is certainly a liar and keeps us from being productive in this life. I know when I am gripped with fear, I am just unable to move forward and be who God intended for me to be in this life, and so I am now more mindful than ever to focus my thoughts on Him.

      I do remember your cousin named Rhema! Oh, wow, that is so amazing and thank you for sharing that with me. What perfect timing ...God's timing is always perfect. What a beautiful name to go through this life with, Rhema.

      Happy Mother's Day to you, sweet friend. Always remember you are a phenomenal woman, mother, friend and all of the many other hats you wear, just by being you!

      Peace, blessings and love always

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I was once controlled by fear. Now I feel fear-free. There is no way to describe the difference....remarkable how wonderful life is when it isn't feared.

      You are speaking truth here, my dear friend.

      hugs and blessings

      bill

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi John,

      I'm happy to know you found this hub wonderfully uplifting and beautiful. One can't go wrong when it comes to God's comforting words to us as His special and beautiful gift. He is sweet like that you know.

      I learned about the word "Rhema" back when we lived in the city and our church at the time always had a wonderful community-wide women's Bible study and they called it Rhema. I've had many "Rhema" experiences where God revealed a particular truth of His to me right at the precise moment I needed it. Being I haven't used Rhema in my title on this series, may be why, and "Word of God Speak" sums up Rhema to me.

      I appreciate you.

      God bless you too.

    • shanmarie profile image

      Shannon 15 months ago from Texas

      What you say in this hub is so beautiful and useful, Theresa. You reminded me of many times in the past when all I could do was just believe and let go of the fear. At first it see strange to be that calm, but it is healthier for both the body and mind. If I forget and don't follow these steps for some reason. . .It's never good.

      Oh, here's something interesting. Remember I mentioned my cousin, Rhema? Well, I saw a FB post of hers yesterday shortly before I saw you published this hub. It said "if God is for me who can be against me." She rarely gets on FB. I was thinking of her last time you published in this series.

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      A wonderfully uplifting and beautifuk hub, Faith. I couldn"t remember reading the term "Rhema" before, I guess I missed reading the first article in the series. Thank you, and God bless.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Jay C,

      I appreciate your comment and glad you found this article to be excellent in dealing with fear and, too, how fear truly diminishes in our Heavenly Father's presence. What a sweet, sweet blessing that is no doubt about it.

      Well, I would go right back to the first scripture there about perfect love casts out fear, being God is love and His love is perfect. His love is divine and pure. When we read we are to "fear" God, that is to have reverence for Him for He is a Holy God. I am reminded of a great truth that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son ...what a beautiful and free gift if we so choose to accept it.

      I love to claim His promise of His peace and blessings following me all the days of my life.

      May His love for you diminish all your fears.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      What a special blessing whenever you pop in for a visit, Dear Eric!

      Oh, my ...your lovely and thoughtful comment brings tears to my eyes. God's loving words do bring so much peace and knowing just how much He loves us, is the best gift in this life I know of to receive such great love.

      I understand about that taking risks fear and the day-to-day fear too you mention. It is so sweet we can rest in Him each day.

      Thank you for sharing in your comments as they certainly add much to the topic of this hub ...feeling less fear just by reading His loving words!

      Oh, you're most welcome about the share, and I know all who read your insightful hub will receive a blessing as always.

      I hope you and yours have a peaceful and sweet day.

    • Jay C OBrien profile image

      Jay C OBrien 15 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      This is an excellent article, "It’s amazing how fear diminishes in our Heavenly Father’s presence; so please be mindful to bring your apprehension to Him."

      My Fundamentalist Friends say we should be afraid of God because of His Judgment. God will send us to hell if you do not obey. How would you answer them?

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Morning Dear Frank,

      What a thoughtful comment you have left this morning. Oh, yes, for sure, we all have fear of some kind no doubt about it for we are only human, and as you point out, we can face it head on when we have faith and place our trust in God to give us the strength to do so.

      I appreciate the applaud ...

      I hope to enjoy a peaceful and Happy Mother's Day, and I am getting a jump start by taking a couple days off to enjoy.

      You are sweet to remember about Mother's Day.

      Peace and blessings always, dear heart

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Much writing is very good. Many writings have a powerful message. But your work here has the special quality of bringing me closer to God just by reading it. A peaceful easy feeling of being in the bosom. For most my life I understood fear in the sense of being afraid in doing something risky. Now I understand my fear in just doing the day to day. Your scripture filled practical advice is awesome. I felt less fear just reading it. Thank you.

      (and thank you much for the mention of my article)

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

      What an amazing gift you have here in this hub.. I always thought on some level we were all facing some type of fear.. we are indeed strong enough or have enough faith to face our fears... sharing your personal experiences is eye opening to a certain degree and in that I applaud you and your efforts.. Happy Mother's Day ... Faith :)

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear RTalloni,

      Thank you for sharing of your personal experiences here for they do certainly add so much to the topic of this hub. So true, that He does not promise life without turbulent waters, but as you have pointed out too, God is faithful to His Word and our faith is strengthened during these times.

      I know I have grown closer to Him during difficult times where I only had Him to rely upon, and so thankful He is always there.

      I am interested in those books you have shared here too, so thank you very much.

      It is so easy to say we believe in God, but we must take Him at His Word as a believer, as you have also shared. I hope you write a hub about all of your experiences as I know there are many who would receive a blessing from reading.

      Isaiah 43:2 is a perfect scripture for when we are in the midst of a dark valley. Thank you for sharing that particular verse.

      In His Love Always,

      Faith Reaper

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hello Shadow Jackson,

      So nice to meet you! Thank you for reading and I'm happy you found this article lovely. I find God's Word on fear particularly helpful and lovely.

      In His Love,

      Faith Reaper

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 15 months ago from the short journey

      Thank you for these good reminders. The four-step guide you provide is encouragement for all who trust God according to His Word through Jesus the Christ because we are promised there will be deep waters at some point in our lives. Doing exactly what you've outlined here was my help at a distinctly dark moment. The waters were treacherous and I was going under. However, God is faithful to His Word and He richly provided to sustain me and keep my faith from failing.

      Two of the ways He provided came in the form of books. 1) The Red Sea Rules by R. J. Morgan, a little book that is file with practical truths for complicated circumstances and 2) Those of Whom the World was Not Worthy by M. Chapian, the story of a woman's faith that gave her wisdom and courage (and safety) in a long series of unimaginable circumstances. Because the situation was/is a sustained trial there were other books, certainly people caring and praying, and various other ways He helped (sometimes miraculously), including His own dear presence, but these two were for that moment.

      Continuing to cling to the Lord by taking Him at His Word has been my help and hope (and growth as a believer). One day I may be able to write more about it, but for now, I walk around on my knees. His work on behalf of His people (and in them) through His infinite resources is inexplicable. One way to sum it up comes from Isaiah 43:2: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Again, thank you for these reminders.

    • Faith Reaper profile image
      Author

      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Lori (lambservant),

      I'm happy you found these very helpful. I wish I could somehow get all the time I've wasted consumed with fear in my lifetime back, so I do understand!

      I really thought about the verses here which are always helpful to me, so I appreciate you telling me that. What is so ironic, after I published this hub, I had a few minutes of fear that I may come across too preachy ...I'm okay now.

      Peace and blessings always

    • Shadow Jackson profile image

      Billionaire Brains 15 months ago from Washington, DC

      Lovely article.

    • lambservant profile image

      Lori Colbo 15 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I waste a lot of time, energy, spiritual health on fear and anxiety. These are very helpful, and you used the perfect verses for this topic. Dear faith, thank you.