I've struggled with fear all my life. I'm making more progress these days because of believing some basic truths. I share them with the hope that you'll embrace them too, and move further down the road in your journey over fear.
-Fear isn’t based on reality. It’s imagining something that isn’t based on facts. The vast majority of things we fear NEVER happen. The odds are solidly in your favor. In order for fear to be rational, two things have to be present: 1. A danger that is powerful. 2. A danger that is real. Those situations are very rare.
-It’s impossible to feel calm when you’re trying really, really hard to be calm. The secret to overcoming fear isn’t in trying, but releasing. Resting. Trusting. Letting go.
-The best antidote to fear is to forget yourself altogether and look for ways to be a blessing to others. In the process of becoming others-focused, fear dissipates and loses much of its grimy grip on our soul.
-Fear is often rooted in shame. It’s believing a lie that you’re just “not enough.”
The truth is that you're more than enough in Christ. (Philippians 4:13)
-Fear is a tactic of Satan. It’s the result of listening to him instead of God. In the Garden, immediately after he listened to the lies of the enemy, Adam said to God, “I was afraid. I hid myself, because I was naked.” We’ve been afraid of being exposed (vulnerable) ever since.
-Fear will always try to keep you from reaching your full potential. That’s always its goal. But friend, You are complete in Christ. (Col. 2:10). Never tell yourself anything else.
-The best thing to do with fear is to move ahead in spite of it. If you run from it, it will chase you all the way to your grave. Face your fears and trust God to see you through. He will.
-Receiving God’s constant, tender love will help you overcome fear. “Perfect love casts out fear” (I John 4:18). A child who is lost is paralyzed by fear, until a loving mom or dad swoops him up in their arms. All your Heavenly Father wants to do on a daily basis...is love you. Let Him. Ironically, the most difficult thing for any of us to do is to let God love us.
-Being nervous isn't the same as fear. Nervous is normal. Fear is a choice. Don’t confuse the two. Never beat yourself up emotionally because you feel nervous in any situation.
-Perhaps the worst kind of fear is the fear of being afraid, the fear of fear itself. It’s deeply rooted in insecurity. It’s also the most difficult to overcome, but all things are possible in Christ.
Become aware of the lies that you believe and replace them with the truth. I'm praying that you will receive this truth in your spirit today, and chart a new course that will move you in the direction of victory over the fears that steal your joy, cripple your potential and hinder you from blessing others. That's the deepest desire of my heart for you. God's heart too. I promise. It's time to stop being afraid.