Fear is a normal human emotion. There’s no shame in being afraid of something. However, when fear starts to overpower your life or hold you back, that can become a problem. God doesn’t want us to be fearful; He wants us to face our issues head-on or give our problems to Him and not worry about the rest. Fighting fear with faith can be a challenge, but anything is possible with God. Psalms 34:4 says God can free you of all your fears if you pray to Him. Here are a few ways to fight fear with faith and get back to the life that God has prepared for you.
Identify the Source of Your Fears
The first and possibly hardest step of fighting fear with faith is identifying the origin of your worries. It’s like those nights when you can’t sleep because you keep having the same scary dream over and over again. It could be a thought that you pushed to the back of your mind and tried to forget. Fears can also resurface when something triggers you. Whatever it is, you have to identify where your worries are coming from and put a name to them. If you feel that you can’t recall the source of your fears on your own, it may be helpful to seek the help of a therapist. Once you do that, you can start your work of fighting fear with faith.
Understand That God is More Significant Than Your Fears
The Bible will be your greatest weapon when it comes to fighting your fear with faith. Our faith grows when we believe and want God’s Word in our lives. Whenever you feel your fear taking over, open up your Bible; Exodus 14:14 says the Lord will fight for you. All you have to do is be still. This verse means that the Lord will take care of whatever fears you have. All you have to do is be still and wait on the Lord. Philippians 4:19 says that God will meet all of our needs. God is not a man of conditions when it comes to His people. Whenever His people need him, God will help us. Also, you have to realize that fear is the opposite of faith; Fear is a tool that the devil uses to make us doubt ourselves. If we remember God’s promises to us, the enemy’s lies will start to fade away.
Think of Biblical Examples
The Bible has plenty of examples of regular people overcoming their fear and stepping into God’s plan for them. Think about Moses; Imagine how scared he was when God came to him and said that we would free the slaves from Pharoah. Moses was so frightened he told God that he should find someone else for the job. Nevertheless, Moses looked past his fear and looked to God. After that, everything fell into place, with some bumps in the road.
Another biblical example would be Mary. She must have been terrified when the angel told her that she would birth the Son of God. Even so, Mary looked over her fear, trusted God, and gave birth to Jesus. When you think about it, biblical stories are ordinary people looking past their fear and understanding and putting their trust in God. When you feel that your fear is starting to overshadow you, take strength in the fact that these biblical characters are just like you; they had struggles and fears. However, they looked past their fears and struggles and realized that God was more prominent than anything they could go through.
Choose to Trust God with Your Fears
Control can sometimes be the origin of our fears. We feel like we have to control everything, and when we can’t, we start to panic. If you’re managing your fears by thinking of all the outcomes and possibilities, this will make things worse. Instead, make a conscious choice to give all of your concerns to God. God already knows what you struggle with, so it shouldn’t be too hard. Invite God into your inner world and ask Him to help you find peace. When you fully release control and trust God, you will obtain true freedom.
Seek God Until He Takes Away Your Fears
By seeking God, you are letting Him know that you can’t do anything without Him. Seek Him by reading the Bible or prayer. Consider joining a prayer group and having others pray for you. Joining others in worship can also be an excellent way to talk through your issues with others and get your fears out in the open. Getting your worries out in the open through talking about them or prayer makes them seem less scary and easier to conquer. If you’re not comfortable speaking your fears or prayers, try writing them down instead. It can be just as therapeutic as giving them a voice. Seek God until He takes away your concerns in any way that makes you comfortable.
Fear is the opposite of faith. Fear is a tool that the devil uses to make us doubt ourselves. When we allow our fears to take over, we’re letting the devil win and claim victory. Fear is also a way of saying that you don’t trust God and want to control everything. Your fears won’t go away when you try to control everything or worry about possibilities and outcomes.
God doesn’t want us to worry or be afraid. He wants us to be happy and at peace. When we fight fear with faith, we let God know that He is in control and that He has all of the power. Being afraid or worrying doesn’t make anything better. It makes things worse. Our problems don’t go away when we keep worrying about them. Instead, they go away when we give our fears to God and let go of our worrying. Fear is a normal human emotion; There’s nothing wrong with being scared now and then. However, we must not let our fears or worries get the best of us. When we fight fear with faith and give our problems to God, He takes care of the rest.