Overcoming FearMarch 24, 2014
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10
1. Seek the presence of the Lord and trust Him. Fear has been described as “False. Evidence. Appearing. Real.” The devil uses fear as a weapon to torment and hinder us. It forces wrong decisions and it prevents us from taking risks and using our talents. Life is a fight, but we come into God’s presence to exchange fear for God’s courage (2 Timothy 1:7) and our weakness for His strength (Matthew 11:28). Knowing God is with us is hugely reassuring.
2. Face off with your problems. We aren’t here to escape from living, but to run to God and find the adventurous life He has for us: to get out of the boat and walk on water; to face Goliath and lop off his head; to believe God for a great harvest of souls; to break out of “Never-Never Land” and grow up into all aspects of Him (Ephesians 4:15).
3. Stand on God’s promises. Fear is usually a direct challenge to what God says in His Word. Become familiar with the promises of God so you can face off with problems in the Name of Jesus. Spend time in praise and worship, in prayer. Having done all to stand, continue standing. “It is written” is a powerful response to the pressures of life.
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in the Lord (Psalm 56:3). The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart trusts in Him and I am helped. Therefore my heart exults, and with my song I will thank Him (Psalm 28:7). I will not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord God is with me wherever I go (Joshua 1:9). I hope in the Lord. I am strong and my heart takes courage! (Psalm 31:24). In all my ways I acknowledge God and He directs my steps
cour•age, noun – The ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action. –Encarta College Dictionary
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