Published on March 30th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Pastor Paula White: Overcoming Our Fears
Peace should be our normal condition, but not everyone enjoys His peace as part of their daily lives. Living in turmoil, worry, anxiety, fear and frustration is not normal for a believer. In previous articles, we’ve talked about the types fear that are godly versus satanic; causes of fear and anxiety that are rooted in the soul and spirit realms, and Biblical solutions for them.
Never allow Satan to take your peace! We must use the spiritual weapons available to us to make war against our mortal enemy. One thing important to remember when working through the stronghold of fear is to admit your fears. The simplest yet often most difficult step to overcoming our fears, whatever their nature or severity, is first admitting them.
We sometimes think we are less spiritual for letting God or others know about our fears. That concern is not a biblical one, for many of the greatest men and women of the Scriptures were gripped by various sorts of fears and did not hide them from God.
When God called Moses in the wilderness to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses made one excuse after another due to his many fears. (Exodus 4) Many of the Psalms were penned by the trembling hand of David, who lived in the shadows of fear for many years while on the run from Saul. Notice David’s response to fear in Psalm 56:3, “When I am afraid…
David admitted his fear. He did not conceal his worry before God. Isn’t it futile to conceal our true feelings before an omniscient God anyway? Be honest! God will never condemn you or berate you. (Romans 8:1) He understands your fears and sympathizes with your weaknesses. (Hebrews 4:15-16)
The key to dealing with your fears is a fixed focus of faith on the Person of Jesus Christ. Fear and faith cannot operate simultaneously. Faith does not operate on feelings, but fear feeds and thrives on feelings. Fear looks inward and finds instability. Faith looks toward God and finds an anchor for the soul.
In 2 Chronicles 20, Jerusalem is surrounded by several mighty armies. A great victory is eventually won as God routes the enemy, but not before waves of fear have swept through King Jehoshaphat and his people.
According to 2 Chronicles 20:3, Jehoshaphat “…was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord.” His prayer revealed his focus:
“…For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on Thee.”
2 Chronicles 10:12
Turning our focus to Christ and His power rather than concentrating on the sources of our fears is the first step to gaining a fixed focus of faith. The all-knowing, all-powerful, ever-present God is your God through personal faith in Christ’s forgiveness of sin. You have an inseparable relationship with the living, true God who promises never to fail or forsake you.
God helps you, cares for you, sustains you, and undergirds you every step of the way. He will never relax His grip on you. You can rest in His sufficiency to overcome your fears.The heavenly Father tells us repeatedly to fear not. He understands our frail, human nature and commits Himself to take care of us and help us.
The only fear in the Bible that is positive is the “fear of the Lord” This means reverent respect for God and daily obedience to His Word. When you truly fear God – reverence His greatness, power, and majesty – other fears will pass away. The battle is not yours anyway – the battle is His.
God is in control of your life. That means He is sovereign, ruling over all. He knows your past, present and future. Turn your focus to Jesus Christ – He will never let you down.
Meditate on these verses and commit them to memory. They will help you keep your focus on Christ and remind you of His conquering power. God wants you to trust Him and not be afraid.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?
When evil doers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.”
Psalm 27:1-3 (NASB)
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil,
for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
You dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
Thou hast anointed by head with oil; My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and loving-kindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Psalm 23:4-7 (NASB)
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Proverbs 31:30 (NASB)
Fear stifles our capacity to think clearly and rationally, thus affecting our behavior. It leads to indecision. We are afraid to make decisions for ourselves or others. Such indecision creates constant anxiety. Fear doesn’t help us anticipate what may happen, but diminishes our capacity to achieve. We stop trying to accomplish certain goals due to our fears. Fear can cause panic. We suffer from anxiety attacks and other debilitating emotional upsets. Fear fosters torment. Fear damages our relationships with others. We are afraid to be around other people, or what they might think.
Beginning in the Book of Genesis and continuing throughout the Book of Revelations, God tells us to “FEAR NOT.” God tell us not to be afraid of being alone, not to be afraid of being too weak, not to be afraid of not being heard, and not to be afraid for our physical necessities.
These “fear not” admonishments continue throughout the Bible covering many different aspects of the “spirit of fear.” These “fear not” are dependent upon our ability to put our trust and faith in the Lord.
The key to overcoming fear is total and complete trust in God. Complete trust in God is a refusal to give in to fear. It is a turning to God even in the darkest times and trusting in God to make things right. This trust comes from knowing God and knowing that He is a good God who only wants to give His children good things. It is as Job said when he was experiencing some of the most difficult trials recorded in the Bible, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him (Job 13:1;5)
Once you have learned to put your trust in God, you will no longer be afraid of the things that come against you. You will be like the psalmist and, you can be set free from fear, even the most irrational kinds that keep you from enjoying life, and experience a supernatural Christian life full of peace that Jesus gave to us to enjoy.