Given the world we live in today, we could all do with some handles on how to overcome fear. For some it is part of their everyday life, for others it is sporadic. Some people live with crippling fear and anxiety. Friends, it doesn’t have to be this way, there are ways to overcome fear in your life.
Five Basic Fears of Mankind
- Extinction -fear of death.
- Mutilation -fear of something happening to our bodies, such as pain.
- Loss of autonomy -fear of being restricted which can be either physical (claustrophobia) or social (relationships).
- Separation -fear of abandonment and rejection.
- Ego death -fear of humiliation and shame.
What are some of your fears? Do they fit into one of these 5 categories?
Opponents Use Fear Tactics to Control and Manipulate
Consequences of Abnormal Fear
God’s Promise to Overcome Fear in the World
Five Reasons We Can Overcome Fear
- God is always with us, we are never alone (Joshua 1:9)
- God will keep us safe (Psalm 145:19-20; Proverbs 29:25)
- He gives us strength (Isaiah 41:10)
- Helps us (Isaiah 41:13)
- Provides for us (Psalm 111:5)
Faith to Overcome Fear
God is Trustworthy
Fear leads to disobedience
Trust in God Helps Us Overcome Fear
How To Overcome Fear in Your Life
Know the word of God
God’s word is full of His promises for us. It equips us for battle, highlights the truth, and gives us hope in the knowledge that we are never alone. Spend time in the word to familiarize yourself with these passages. Seek the Lord in His word.
“I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)
I recommend that you memorize Psalm 27 to read in times of fear.
Seek the Lord daily through prayer. Take all your fears, anxieties, and worries to Him.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication (specific requests) with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
“From my distress, I called upon the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a large place.
The Lord is for me; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:5-6)
Give Thanks and Praise
Praise God that we have nothing to fear when He watches over us. Thank the Lord each time He delivers you from fear. He is so worthy.
And finally ask yourself these questions: What is in your heart? Faith or fear? Who do you serve? God or the enemy?
Psychology Today: The (Only) 5 Fears We Share
Write a list of all the things you fear in this world, excluding God. They may not be immediately obvious so dig deep. Then take your fears to the Lord and lay them at His feet.
Memorize some favorite scriptures on fear that can be called to mind when you are feeling anxious.
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