A very nice friend asked me today about overcoming fear & I felt encouraged that I should write about this today 🙂
In relation to fear, there are lots of things that could trouble us: fear of failure, fear of getting hurt, fear of something from the past, fear of falling down, fear of the future, fear of relationships, . . . . . . The Greeks used the term phobia and attached all kinds of things to this word (agrophobia, necrophobia & my personal favorite, snake-o-phobia).
So here are some strategies that could be helpful to overcoming fear:
- do it scared – I stole this outright from Joyce Meyer; she’s uber cool!
- face the fear a little bit at a time rather than to look at the whole thing
- consider that the devil uses fear to control us & that God created us from the very beginning to have authority, dominion & power
- catch fear in the early stage so it doesn’t go stupid
- choose to trust God & reject fear – yes to trust and no to fear
- keep trying – failing is more like practice if we take out the fear ingredient
- remember that 1 John says that perfect love casts out fear!
Feel free to add your own advice & pass this along to your fam & friends! 😀
Fear is interesting – in the right amounts & toward the right things, it can be really beneficial. On the other hand, fear with the wrong amounts & directed toward the wrong things can be thoroughly toxic & destructive.
Consider this: fear can immunize us from disrespect & irreverence. Fear can keep us from doing dumb things & the Bible speaks of a boat load of benefits from having a fear, respect & reverence for God.
On the negative scale, fear can hinder us from some amazing experiences, adventures & accomplishments. It can also keep us from learning some important lessons. Fear can keep us trapped in the past & cripple us from moving forward. Fear can suffocate healthy relationships & even debilitate constructive growth.
So here’s my conclusion: I don’t want to be afraid of life but I do want to have a healthy reverence for the Creator of life – love life & honor it’s Creator.
Ok, here’s something to think about for our daily living: fear wears lots of disguises, attempting to influence us more than Jesus. Indeed, I’ve met people whose lives are unknowingly controlled by fear & this is heart breaking. Fear masquerades as safety, cooperation, tolerance & many other guises. I think that if fear were removed from some people’s lives they would fall apart because its the essential beacon by which they make their decisions, form their relationships and control their conversations. They’ve become so comfortable with fear that its the glue that holds their life together. The problem is that fear hates to be exposed because once its brought to the light, its weakness is revealed & power diffused.
Consider Saul in 1 Sam 15. From God’s command, he was supposed to entirely obliterate the Amalekites but he didn’t do this. Instead he waffled on his obedience & when Samuel confronted Saul & pressed the issue, Saul finally admitted, “I have sinned; I have indeed transgressed the command of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and listened to their voice.” From this point on, God rejected Saul. Saul chose fear over obedience – God help us to avoid this trap. May we forever remain friends with God & enemies with fear. Let’s never be more comfortable with fear than we are comfortable with God.