7 Biblical Keys to Overcoming Fear
Everyone fears something.
From we were a child until we grow old, we all have fears.
Whether you like it or not, you have been filled with fear at least once in your life. Fear is a common human emotion that is deeply wired in our subconscious and conscious mind.
It is natural for us to fear, but it doesn’t mean that it should control our lives. Uncontrolled fear can lead to irrational thinking, behaviors, and worst, spiritual paralysis and death.
In this post, let us take a look at one of the strongest emotions that we all experience. Let us examine the Bible and see what it says about fear and how to overcome it.
Here are 7 biblical keys to overcoming fear!
Biblical key no. 1: Realize that God is with you
People fear a lot of things. People fear what the future brings, corrupt officials, illnesses, death, terrorist attacks, financial crisis, and the list goes on and on.
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The problem with fear, when not controlled, may lead to spiritual growth retardation. Instead of moving forward with faith, you stay within your comfort zone.
Thankfully, the Bible tells us in Isaiah 41:10:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
This verse gives us the reason to never be fearful. We must not fear because God is with us. Other passages confirm why we should not be afraid.
“The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me (Psalms 118:6)?
If God protects you from all forms of harm, why should you fear? If God is on your side, what can man do to you?
The same sentiment is expressed in Psalms 23:4 where it says:
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
Imagine this for a second: God is with you. The same God who is the Supreme Ruler of the entire universe. The same God who made the heavens and the earth. The same God who holds all the power to protect you.
Will you then still be afraid? The logical answer should be NO. Of course, it is easier said than done. That’s why you need the other Biblical keys mentioned in this blog.
So, let’s continue.
Biblical key no. 2: Trust in God
I once read a bumper sticker and it goes like this:
“Every opportunity to fear is also an opportunity to trust God.”
Just to make sure that sticks to your mind, let me repeat once again. “Every opportunity to fear is also an opportunity to trust God.”
I strongly believe that this is something that we all should remember.
We simply trust Him that all things will work out together for good as long as we are doing our part (Romans 8:28).
We read in Psalms 56:3-4:
Whenever I am afraid,
I will trust in You…
In God I have put my trust;
I WILL NOT FEAR.
What can flesh do to me?
In most cases, when we are afraid, we are powerless.
We really can’t do anything about most things we fear. You can’t control terrorists from bombing shopping malls. You can’t prevent natural disasters from destroying your city. You can’t prevent death from knocking on your door.
It is appointed for all of us to die once (Hebrews 9:27).
So, why should we fear?
Instead, just surrender your fear to God and trust Him that He will do what is best for you. After all, God is our heavenly Father. Like a father who protects his children, so is God who will protect us from evil.
Biblical key no. 3: Seek the Peace of God
Fear brings turmoil in our hearts and minds. When we are filled with so much fear, we can’t think properly. It seems everything that we do is subject to danger. We are constantly stricken with the thought that things can go wrong.
Thankfully, Jesus/Yahshua left us His peace. We read:
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Jesus gives us a reason why we must not be afraid. He gives us peace and this should assuage our fear.
But you may ask, how can peace extinguish fear in our heart?
The simple answer is that the two are contrary to each other. You can’t have both peace and fear at the same time. It is either you are peaceful or fearful.
It can’t be both.
The peace that Jesus brings originates from Him. It is NOT something that you ordinarily get from the world. For most people, peace is the absence of conflict and war. But for God, peace having an intimate and close relationship with Him.
Peace is having God in your life. Peace comes from the assurance and belief that God is always in control.
When you are filled with this type of peace, then you can cast away fear from your heart.
This post originally appeared on BecomingChristians.com and was republished with permission. The article was written by Joshua Infantado.
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