through His Word
by Katy Kauffman
It stood tall and red in my dream. I backed away from the red monster and tried to get away, but the white room offered no way of escape—no doors, no windows. As my fear of the monster grew, he grew taller and scarier.
Then it hit me. “This is my dream. I don’t have to be scared of you!”
The moment I said that, he started shrinking till he was just a red puddle on the floor. I stood above him, amazed that I had been afraid of something so puny. My fear of him gave him power over me, but in reality—or in my dream—he was nothing more than a red blob.
The more power we give to fear, the taller and scarier it grows in our lives. The more we say yes to it, the tighter its grip on us becomes. But God didn’t intend for fear to be our reality—not the kind of fear that paralyzes us and keeps us from living life to the fullest with Him.
Fear grows as we take our eyes off of the God who protects us and provides for us, and we focus on the worries and what ifs of life. What if I don’t have enough money to pay my bills? What if my marriage falls apart? What if I don’t ever meet the right person? What if I try to make new friends but they reject me? What if I try to serve God and I fail? What if?
In every what if of life, we need to count on God. We need to remember how much He loves us and wants to take care of us. Since God is watching over us, we can say no to fear and watch it become a puddle on the floor. We can loosen fear’s grip on our souls by exercising the power, love, and sound mind that God gives us.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV
God’s power enables us to overcome the fear of failure.
God’s love enables us to overcome the fear of rejection.
God’s truth enables us to overcome the fear that comes with ignorance and wrong thinking.
In whatever way the great enemy of our souls, Satan, wants to enslave us with fear, God has an answer and a way of escape. By His power, we can overcome weakness and thoughts that we can’t do what God wants us to do. By His love, we can overcome the fear of not being liked or accepted and we can go where He sends us and share His truth and love with others. By having a sound mind, we can refuse Satan’s lies and trust that we are good enough in Christ to do God’s will and God is good enough to keep His promise and provide for His children.
So when fear threatens to enslave you with no foreseeable way of escape, refuse its grip with these strategies:
1. Decide whether the fear is reasonable. If so, pray for God’s direction and help in dealing with the situation and ask for His protection. Move forward staying close to Him so you can easily hear Him and follow His lead. If it’s an unreasonable fear, ask for God’s help to put it out of your mind.
2. Silence fear with the truth. Research what God’s Word says about your particular fear and depend on His promises and His power. Memorizing the verses may help shrink fear.
3. Confide in a trusted, godly friend or spouse. Tell them about your fear, and ask them to help you see it from God’s perspective. Be open to their objectivity, and see this fear as God does—a puny blob on the floor.
4. Trust God that if He allows something difficult to happen in your life, He will work it for good (Romans 8:28). His heart is too loving and His character is too good to allow it to happen otherwise. He only allows those things that make us braver, stronger, and more useful to His kingdom. This helped me to overcome being afraid of tragedies when I was a teenager. The good that He worked in my friends’ lives, and in mine, helped me to overcome my fear of bad things happening. Looking back now, I can see how the bad things made my family closer, served as an important wake up call, or deepened our faith and strengthened our endurance.
5. Imagine your fear sitting next to God, and ask yourself who would win in a fight. Imagine it sitting next to God’s limitless power, His unsurpassed knowledge, His perfect love, and His vast omnipresence. Who do you think would win? Remember that God is bigger than any fear.
6. Refuse the burden that fear places on your emotions by choosing the joy of faith. Trust God, stay close to His heart and under His wing, and rest in the peace and joy that come with remembering He is your Daddy and your God.
Loosen fear’s grip on your heart by remembering God’s truth and love. Remember He fights for you and wants you to operate in the spirit He has given you. It’s not a spirit of fear. Overcome fear with the power, love, and sound mind that God graciously supplies to us. Don’t let fear win.
Which of these 6 ways would help you the most in saying no to fear?
© Copyright 2016 by Katy Kauffman
fear, overcoming fear, spiritual bondage, 2 Timothy 1:7, Breaking the Chains: Loosening the Grip of Fear, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies