Fear is no fun!
It can block the doorway to your destiny and destroy your confidence, if you let it.
Since we are still technically at the start of the New Year, I wanted to expose fear for what it is and equip you with some scriptural tools to overcome whatever fear you might be facing, so you can confidently take advantage of every open door, meant for you –this year!
Now, to say fear is no fun is an understatement (even the positive fear that comes with “fearing God” can be scary). Fear is the opposite of courage. It’s associated with anxiety, which causes panicky feelings, whether the feelings are real or imagined.
The key words here are real and imagined.
Here’s what I’ve found to be true:
You can confront the crippling effects of fear when you willingly do two things (over and over again).
- Get acquainted with fear. What does it feel like, sound like, what causes fear to come over you mentally, physically or spiritually? What are the triggers for you? This makes you more self-aware, which is pretty powerful, and fear can’t bully you when you become aware. Consider the definition above and ask yourself –is this fear real or imagined?
- Get comfortable with encouraging yourself while moving through the fear. You may be familiar with Joyce Meyer’s quote, “Do it afraid!” Doing it, despite being afraid, builds your confidence.
Donald Lawrence has a song called, “Encourage Yourself!” I can admit, his lyrics, “sometimes you have to encourage yourself…speak over yourself, encourage yourself…pat yourself on the back” use to really annoy me. Like dude, I need comfort right now, I need a shoulder to cry on, ahhhh –I need a heartfelt hug, not a reminder to encourage myself.
Now, I can accept that Donald is onto something with those lyrics.
God has given us great examples of women in the Holy Bible who faced some serious challenges (like us) and were able to encourage themselves through the doubt and fear: Hannah, Naomi and Queen Esther to name a few because what they desired or were fighting for was bigger than the fear.
So, don’t retreat! You can get on the other side of fear.
Get acquainted with fear you’re feeling. Checkin with you: What are you really afraid of? Why are you so reluctant? Then, use the power of the written word to help you move towards what you’re afraid of.
Speak life over yourself. Speak God’s promises over yourself. Encourage yourself.
Here are 9 Scriptures That Can Help You Overcome Fear Now:
- “…but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” ~Proverbs 1:33, NIV
- “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” ~2 Timothy 1:7, NIV
- He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” ~Mark 4:40, NIV
- “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated…” ~Isaiah 54:4, NIV
- The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba Father.” ~Romans 8:15, NIV
- So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” ~Hebrews 13:6, NIV
- Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. ~John 14:27, NIV
- “You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the LORD is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.” ~Proverbs 3:24-26, NLT
- “In righteousness you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; And from terror, for it shall not come near you.” ~Isaiah 54:14, NKJV
As you utilize these Scriptures, be thinking about the outcome. What will it be like once you push through the fear? I’d love to hear how this post helped you, please take a minute to comment below.
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