How Do You Deal With Fear?
The fear of the wicked will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted (Proverbs 10:24).
Fear and doubt are the twin enemies of the believer. Fear attracts the enemy the way faith attracts God! Fear is really faith in the negative. It is believing the wrong thing.
The enemy can smell fear a mile away! Job’s problems were a result of his allowing fear into his life. For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me (Job 3:25). Satan had spoken to God about Job and was taunting God about Job and his faith. The Lord told Satan that Job was already in his hands. How? Job had opened the door for Satan to rob and steal and kill through fear. The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe (Proverbs 29:25).
Fear is never the will of God! When an angel had a message for an individual it was usually prefaced with fear not! Face your fears today and refuse to give in to them. Resist them with the Word of God! God hasn’t given us a spirit that cowers to fear. He has given us a spirit of power, and of love and of a sound mind.
Fear can be an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. Satan is a master of disguise. He’ll wrap a problem up in fear and make you think there’s no way out. It’s a bluff and a lie! Faith in the Word is the answer to fear! Commit yourself to the Father, believe you receive when you pray, and refuse to allow fear to dominate you.
Years ago I was on a missions trip and the ministry we were working with had an airplane that took the volunteer workers to the missions site. Tragically, the plane crashed in bad weather while we were there. We were all so surprised and shocked, and I was one of those who went to the sight to help survivors. When I arrived at the crash site and saw the plane wreckage, a strong fear suddenly grabbed me. At the same time, I heard the words; you better cancel that next missions trip you’ve planned. This may happen again (I had another trip planned a couple of months away).
Intuitively I knew that this fear was the enemy speaking. I immediately spoke out loud; I will not live my life in fear! I will go on the next trip and I won’t be afraid! As soon as the words came out of my mouth, the fear disappeared.
Never yield to fear. Commit your way to the Lord. Stand in faith. When things happen and you find yourself suddenly surrounded by fear, speak out loud what God’s Word says about you and refuse to yield to the circumstances no matter how foreboding they may seem. The Word is the antidote to fear. Meditate on the Word instead of the fear thoughts that come. Find scripture that specifically refutes the lies that the enemy speaks to your mind and think on them instead!
Since God is for you, your enemies don’t stand a chance! What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Romans 8:31-32-NLT). No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us (Romans 8:37-NLT).
Choose today to live by faith in God’s Word and not by feelings. So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever (2 Corinthians 4:18-NLT). Fear not!