For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2Ti 1:7)
This verse plainly states the three things we need to overcome fear in any form.
1. We must have a revelation of God’s power.
All the self-help in the world will not rid you of the torment of your fear. You can think positive thoughts or take up exercise or some other form of relaxation all day long, but without putting God’s power, His strength behind it, you’re blowing hot air on an iceberg.
Taking hold, and using, God’s power only happens if you first accept that God didn’t give you the fear in the first place. Fear is the devil’s department. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy. (Jn 10:10) He’s a thief and a robber whose goal in life is to keep you defeated and depressed.
To combat fear, we must take hold of the truth which sets us free. (Jn 8:32) Jesus defeated the devil through His death and Resurrection and shared with you and I complete salvation for mind, body, and soul. (Col 2:15) God wants you well and happy and successful.
Which brings me to point two …
2. We must know God loves us.
The greatest relief to anyone struggling with fear comes in knowing they are loved. You can’t overcome panic alone, and you don’t have to. God isn’t some ethereal being way up in the heavens somewhere, He comes down to where you are in order to lift you up and help you stand. (Ps 113:7-8)
Nothing you ever do or say will change the extent of His love. Like a father does their earthly child, He cares for you and me unconditionally with only the best wishes for our lives. (Mt 7:11)
Knowing that, we can lean on Him because He will never leave or forsake us, but always be here, a constant reassurance of peace and protection that never ends and never fails. (Heb 13:5;Php 4:7)
Yet you say, “Peace is all I want, and I don’t know how to find it."
To answer that, we need point three …
3. We must renew our minds to the Word of God.
A sound mind, a mind free from fear, comes from constant meditation on the Word of God. You must put God’s Word in your heart until what’s inside of you is His promises, not your fear.
Fear distorts reality, making that thing which tortures you look far bigger than it actually is. When, in fact, God is more than enough, and we, like Job, need to “lay our hands upon our mouth.” (Eph 3:20;Job 40:4)
Stop speaking the fear! Because your words give it a place in your life. (Eph 4:27) Instead, make God what you focus on. If you have to tell yourself to shut up one thousand times a day, then do it. You’ll find gradually, second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour, you are stronger.
Renewing the mind is a process, and sometimes, a long one, which we must dedicate ourselves to. (Rm 12:2;Eph 4:23) But as we do, we’ll fall in love with the Savior all over again, and look back one day to see the fear is gone.
God was capable of watching over us all along. We needed only to believe it.
About the author:
Suzanne D. Williams is the author of FEARLESS, her testimony of how God freed her from crippling panic attacks. For more information about the book, visit Becky Combee Ministries, Inc.
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