If you ask me if I ever thought I would be writing a blog post about fear, my answer to you would be, no. Fear is something that I have lived with for many, many years. Fear of not being good enough, fear of what people would say, fear of not knowing if I was really walking in God’s will or not… Fear of writing a blog post about, well, fear because til this day, I still struggle with it. But in my newest venture: Wednesday’s with Cyn, fear was the most requested topic for our next live video. I’ll be honest, there was something inside of me that wanted to just skip the fear topic and move onto something more simple but I could feel that God wanted me to learn something from this, and not just learn, but He wanted me to overcome as well.
Fear is an interesting topic, because you would think that as easy as we learn it, we would be able to unlearn it, but it’s not that easy at all. Yes, fear is a learned emotion. Why do I say that? Because we are not born fearful. Heck, when we are born, we don’t even know what fear is, that’s why you have to watch your kids with 5 eyes once they start walking. They are brave little creatures until something happens and they get hurt. Once hurt, they then learn what fear is and what they fear for. It is the same with us Christians; when we are born again with Christ Jesus, we are unstoppable. We find ourselves at such a peak time in our lives and we feel as if we can conquer it all, preach to anyone anywhere, and do anything for the kingdom of God that God would require of us. But then there comes a time when we experience hurt; hurt from someone in church, hurt from sinning against God and not being able to get over it, you name it. Once we feel the pain of a not so pleasant experience, we start to fear what’s next?
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
What I want to target today is how we can overcome fear (bet you could tell by the title of this post). Something important to remember is that the Spirit of God is what is we were left with when Jesus ascended up Home. When that Spirit of God was left with us, we were automatically gifted with the qualities of God. In no way is God a fearful God. I believe that if He was, He would’ve never created mankind for fear of them sinning against Him. But He did it, so that tells me that He is not fearful at all, but He is a courageous God! And even before Jesus left His Spirit with us, when Adam was created, He was created in God’s perfect image. Again, God’s image. His inspiration to create us, was Himself. So if He was who inspired the creation of mankind, in no way would He create us with an ounce of fear in our spirits.
“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
When fear enters you, remind yourself that, that fear did not come from God. And if it didn’t come from God, that you know who it came from. The Bible says that enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10)…
He wants to steal your joy.
He wants to kill your spirit.
And he wants to destroy the plan and purpose of God for your life.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:6-7
Although prayer can seem like one of the hardest things to do a lot of times, it’s actually one of the easiest things to do. The reason why it becomes so hard is because we see it as “chore” and it’s nothing of that sort. Prayer is just communication, a simple conversation with God, our Father. He wants to listen to us and to help overcome our anxieties and our fears. He is telling us to stop worrying, and stop be scared because He wants to give us perfect peace in our hearts and minds. But how can we receive that peace when we don’t go to Him and ask for it?
2. Shift your focus.
“But when I’m afraid, I will put my trust in You. I praise God for what He has promised. I trust God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?” Psalms 56:3-4
I love this verse because David found himself in a moment where he feared for his life, but in that same moment, he realized he needed to shift away from his fear and focus on what God has said and promised. I will put my trust in You. Although scared of what was to come, He trusted God. We need to learn to do the same. Trust God even when it doesn’t seem like it will be okay. God’s plans for us are never to harm us. So when you are going through a situation that makes you fear what’s next, remember to trust in God, focus on God, and listen to His voice. Shift your focus away from your fear, because the longer you focus on your fear, the longer it will take to overcome it and step into your purpose.