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Overcoming Fear

 

Overcoming FearAuthor’s Note: All scriptures are quoted from the King James Version unless otherwise noted. Explanatory insertions within a scripture are enclosed in brackets.

As a little girl growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, I had a nightly ritual that I would go through every evening before bedtime. Convinced that there was a boogey man hiding in my closet and under my bed, I would faithfully check these two locations to make sure no one was there. Following my nightly inspection, it gave me a great sense of relief to discover that no one was hiding in my room. I have no idea what I would have done if I actually discovered someone lurking in the shadows! I had many fears growing up about the dark and about things that were seemingly out of my control.

When I became an adult, those fears would manifest themselves by checking and re-checking to make sure the doors in my home were locked, that my children were safe, and that I wouldn’t die at a young age. People have all kinds of fears. Fear of losing one’s job, divorce, sickness, financial hardship, fear of flying, fear of drowning, fear of abandonment, and fear of losing our loved ones, to name a few.

The fear of the unknown can be overwhelming and at times debilitating. Proverbs 29:25 states, “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” A snare is a trap used for catching birds or animals. A noose of wire or a cord is set and the animal unknowingly steps into the trap and is caught. Our fears are like that. If unchecked, a person will eventually attract what he or she fears.

Antidotes to Fear

Learn God’s Word

One thing that helped me tremendously in overcoming my fears was to learn God’s Word and to recognize where fear came from. 2 Timothy 1:7 states, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Fear never comes from the one true God. God gave us power, love, and a sound mind.

Not too long ago, I was inspired to give my two grandchildren, ages nine and seven, a particular scripture. I typed out 2 Timothy 1:7 in a large font and glued it onto an index card. We started memorizing this scripture together and practiced it in the car. I told them that if they were ever afraid, they should say this scripture out loud, or in their minds, and God would help them overcome the particular challenge they were experiencing.

Very soon after, an opportunity arose to take them to the ice skating rink. Tentatively approaching the rink, my seven year old granddaughter held on to the outside perimeter for dear life. After half skating and half dragging herself around the rink, she came off the rink, sat down beside me, and looked absolutely discouraged. After a few minutes, she got up, went on the rink and whizzed passed several other skaters. I couldn’t believe my eyes. She looked like a pro. Later on, I asked her, “What happened?” She informed me she remembered the scripture from 2 Timothy 1:7 and said, “God strengthened me so I could skate.” God’s Word works when you believe and act on it!

Get Born Again

Getting born again of God’s holy spirit is a simple process. All that is required is to believe the following scripture:

Romans 10:9-10
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in
thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation.

I am thankful that God made getting born again such an easy process. Jesus Christ died for our sins and when we believe on him, we have eternal life. It is that simple. Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith (the faith of Jesus Christ); and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Receiving God’s incorruptible seed, the gift of holy spirit, gives an individual the power and the ability to operate nine manifestations of holy spirit. Victor Paul Wierwille in Receiving the Holy Spirit Today, describes nine manifestations of holy spirit (1 Corinthians 12:7-10): speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discerning of spirits, faith (believing), workings of miracles and gifts of healings. God knew we needed this gift to operate. I have observed twelve year old children sitting through a Bible class and being instructed, with the rest of the students, on how to operate one of the manifestations of holy spirit; speaking in tongues. Speaking in tongues is the foundation for operating the other eight manifestations of holy spirit.

First John 3:8 states, “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” Destroy comes from the Greek word luo and it means to dismantle by component parts. We are called by God to do the works of Jesus Christ (John 14:12) and to dismantle, by component parts, the works of the devil. We can only accomplish this by getting born again of God’s holy spirit and learn to operate all nine manifestations all the time.

Limit Your Exposure to Negative Influences

Second Timothy 3:13 states, “evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” Devilish influences permeate every aspect of our culture; music, art, literature, movies, politics, and business. The tentacles of the devil are everywhere. The internet promotes the devil’s practices through death, murder, suicide, rape, child abuse and pedophilia, sexual promiscuity, drugs, excessive use of alcohol, Satanism, devil worship, black and white witchcraft, and spiritualism are just some of the devil’s devices designed to turn a civilization into a wasteland. Since the devil is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4), it is imperative that we take the oversight of our children and ourselves, to eliminate or at least limit the exposure to these negative influences.

Control Your Thinking

The power of our thoughts, both positive or negative, attract that which we think about. The spiritual competition is in the mind. Controlling one’s mind to think God’s Word requires decision, discipline, and practice. What we choose to think about produces godly or ungodly results.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things
are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if
there be any praise, think on these things.

Renewing our minds to think and act on  God’s Word, rather than dwelling on negative circumstances, is the key to power. Keeping our thoughts well arranged comes from thinking the Word, confessing the Word, and acting on the Word. Second Corinthians 10:5 states, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

Summary

Fears can be paralyzing in preventing us from developing all the talents that God has given us. God’s will is that we operate from a position of strength not weakness. Harboring fears prevents us from accomplishing God’s will for our lives. Antidotes to fear include learning God’s Word and His will for our lives, getting born again and learning how to operate the gift of holy spirit, limiting our exposure to the negatives of the world, and learning how to control our thinking by renewing our minds to the greatness of God’s Word. Remember, God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, and of love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

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