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Fear is something most of us feel at times. It could be something healthy! After all, fear can keep us away from dangerous situations. But sometimes fear turns from a natural "warning system" into a constant companion that invades every area of our lives. This was definitely my case. But I discovered 3 things that taught me how to overcome fear biblically and in a solid way that increases overall faith and not just manages the emotion of fear now.
So keep reading to learn how to start overcoming fear with faith and stop living in bondage to emotion.
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To fear? But wait, I'm a Christian! – How to Overcome Fear Biblically
I wasn't afraid when I was a kid! I mean absolutely fearless. But at some point in my life, probably in my late teens, I started to fear things, even things I used to enjoy.
When I was in high school, I did gymnastics and was a wizard on the uneven bars. I would throw myself up and down and sideways on those things without worrying about falling and hitting my little head on the mats.
But as I got older, you couldn't put me in them. I suddenly feared something I used to like.
Then the fear began to grow and seep into other areas of my life. I was scared of people. I would be afraid to speak up and defend myself. I was afraid to say “no”. So I became what I call a doormat. I let people walk all over me.
So I became a believer in Jesus!
I'm christian! You shouldn't be afraid! Good?
After all, that's what I would think.each day! But it wasn't true. My fear didn't go away the day I was saved. In fact, I somehow developed more fear.
I began to fear that people would know I was a Christian because some people made fun of me. What should have made me bold made me more afraid.
I thought I must be failing likeChristian yes I'm livingmy life scared almost constantly!
oh howthe enemywould use it against me! Not only would that make me spiral down into this whirlwind offear and anxietybut then he would make me feel guilty most of all!
But she fought the fear for so long that she didn't know how to get out of it!
Like Dorothy inThe Wizard of Oz, I was in this spooky house that the enemy had built for me and I just watched as it continued to spiral with no sign of stopping.
would prayand ask God to take away my fear, but I felt like I failed in that too because it didn't stop. I thought prayer would be a magic pill I could take and it would all go away. I was still new to my faith and didn't know anything aboutspiritual attacks. I didn't know anything about an enemy that attacked us from an early age to keep us at bay.walking towards God's purposethroughout our lives.
No... I was just safe, isolated in another country and with no one to tell me anything better. But God kept whispering to me that there was a way to beat this.
Yes, I could have searched the world for solutions to get rid of fear, but deep down I knew that fear was just a feeling.feelings are fickle. The world would have me in therapy talking about my relationship with my mother, taking medication to control it, labeling myself with some sort of social anxiety.
No, in the pit of fear in my stomach I KNEW this was a FEELING the enemy was using to stop me from doing what God planned for me! So I didn't want the world's solutions to a spiritual problem!
So how do you learn to overcome fear biblically when nothing seems to help?
Well I found 3 ways that helped me overcome fear with faith and thesetogetherIt finally helped me and I hope it helps you too!
Deep in the pit of fear in my stomach, I KNEW this was a FEELING the enemy was using to stop me from doing what God had planned for me! So I didn't want the world's solutions to a spiritual problem! #fear #spiritualattackclick to tweet
How to Biblically Overcome Fear in 3 Easy Steps
1. Pray for the RIGHT thing
Wait, didn't I just say that I tried this and it didn't take away the fear?
If I did. But notice I say pray for the RIGHT thing? I was praying the wrong way.
you see i waspraying for godto make the fear suddenly stop, but still without addressing the fears themselves and the sources of those fears.
Eraasking Godto take it all away as if He snapped His fingers and they disappeared without me having to look at the root cause.
I was just looking for a general resolution, as if God could wave a wand and make all my fears suddenly disappear into thin air.
Without looking at what my fears were and WHY they were a fear, I was avoiding dealing with them. Avoiding your fears, or more specifically WHY it's a fear, is leaving a door open for the enemy to use it against you over and over again.
I needed to look at each fear and pray that God would show me why it was scaring me, what the real threat was (if there was and there usually wasn't), how it started, and how I can release any pain or pray. about healing her. This came with some serious self-examination.
Without looking at what my fears were and WHY they were a fear, I was avoiding dealing with them! #medo #feovermedoclick to tweet
2. Examine yourself and forgive
Hethe bible sayswe must examine ourselves and see what is sin within our own lives (our boards) before we seek to point out the speck in someone else's life (his eye).
Looking at the causes of fear in my life, I tended to look for someone to blame.
would remember thethings people told me in my past, the way I was treated, and the way my relationships caused me anxiety and even PTSD in some form.
I would remember all the times they told me I would never succeed, all the times they said I was worthless.
So that created a fear of doing anything because I thought I was going to fail. Or, if I started something, I wouldgive up before it can fail.
Now yes, some of that was absolutely valid and your words or actions caused pain and pain. We've all had people who have caused us pain and pain in our lives.
But he wore it like a badge of honor.I was using it as an excusefor allowing fear to take over my life. I was giving these people free rein over my well-being and allowing them to steal my joy every day, even when some of them hadn't been in my life for years!
I was allowing them to live for free in my head by not forgiving them and moving on, allowing God to allow forgiveness to permeate my life andexperience God's forgivenessmyself!
I had to look at the role I myself played in allowing this fear to take over my life. While what others did or said to me is valid and the pain I felt because of it was valid, my own unforgiveness toward these people allowed me to keep that fear alive in my life.
When I don't have forgiveness and I hand that pain over to God, I keep reliving it. I keep playing them like old tapes (yes, I'm old enough to remember tapes).
Allow the enemy to keep reminding me day after day, task after task, achievement after achievement, those things people said about me so that I would continue to live under their oppression.
The enemy would rob me of the joy of any achievement and remind me that I'm a failure, so that achievement is short-lived and I'll somehow screw it up or give up. That's what I lived in my head.
I was letting them live for free in my head by not forgiving them and moving on, allowing God to allow forgiveness to permeate my life and to experience God's forgiveness myself!click to tweet
If I haven't forgiven someone for telling me I'll always fail, I'll still hear the words every time I set out to do something new.
How can I ask God to free me from this fear if I haven't released theburden of unforgivenessHim first?
I was asking God to take the results of something I hadn't yet given him.
not be able togive to god, he was allowing the enemy to maintain his possession.
I did not do itsubmitted to God. I kept things to myself and away from Him. I grabbed that unforgiveness and took it with me.each day.
When we submit to God, it allows Him to take over ALL areas of our lives, including those old hurts and pains. By doing this, God takes them away from us so that the enemy will not have them. This is how we resist the devil. He has no choice but to run from oneGod who now owns the property the devilonce held in our heads.
3. Become an avid student of the Word
After examining yourself and any unforgiveness in your life, praying and committing everything to God, you need to replace those old tapes with new ones.
you need to hear whatGod saysabout you and your situation and your worth. You must replace those old words that caused fear in your life with words that GIVE life. You do this by reading, meditating andstudying the word!
keep afaith diarywhere you can write verses that saywho are you in christ. write downevery verse that says what Godsays about fear! Write down each promise of God that resonates with you and your situation.
Reminding yourself AND the enemy of what God says about you is the perfect way to remove fear from your life and begin to overcome it in faith.
Overcoming Fear with Faith - Faith Journal Scriptures
Some verses you can use in a faith journal are:
2 Timothy 1:7
1 Pedro 3:14
Fear doesn't need to be part of your life! To replacefear with faith! Pray for the areas you haven't addressed, forgive people (and yourself), turn it over to God, and replace the old tapes with the Word and what God says about you instead of what the world or the people in your life they say. life said about you. .
Overcoming fear with faith as a Christian does not happen overnight, but every day his mercies are new!your graceyou can overcome your fears and you will see these changes happen!!
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