Fear is a horrible feeling one we never want to feel and one we go to lengthens to avoid. We live in a time and a country where it’s possible to avoid the things that scare us most: violence, disease, natural disasters, dangerous animals, and even in many cases – death. Instead, we get to sit around watching television shows…about violence, disease, natural disasters, dangerous animals, and death. We are a strange lot, we humans.
A quick search on the internet and you can find 621,000,000 entries that reference fear. Search for overcoming fear and that quickly refines to 15,900,000 including the following:
“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.”
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The interesting thing about the results is that they are all seemingly focused on you:
What is stopping you from getting what you want in life?
You may be wired to worry (or fear).
Overcoming fear is a skill that anyone can learn.
And seemingly everyone has something to say about fear and overcoming it. The reason to overcome fear is so you can be successful and get what you want from life.
Interesting that the most often repeated phrase in the Bible is “fear not” or “do not be afraid.” Even Jesus used that one with His Disciples.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 New International Version(NIV)
The recurring message throughout the entire Bible is that God’s people do not need to be afraid of anything, because He is ultimately in control of all things. Whether it’s a minor life setback or a seriously frightening situation, Christians are called to face it without fear because they can trust God.
What is fear keeping you from doing?