If you have answered "Yes" to any of these questions, then I have good news for you.
Have you ever wondered where that fear you struggle with comes from? About four years ago, we were having an evening church service. After the sermon, I felt like I had to say something. Now, what I had to say seemed to have been totally off the topic that day, not to mention, it seemed like an odd time to have something to say. Nevertheless, I asked if I could say something. Then I proceeded to talk to the people about a struggle I had with fear. I said something like this:
I was praying about being afraid all the time, and I wanted to have victory over fear. So, I decided to stay on my knees in prayer until I felt like I could overcome this thing of fear. After praying for a little while, I sensed that I had the victory.
Well, would you believe it? After I finished speaking, there was an older black man in the service that stood up and beckoned to the pastor that he would like prayer. Guess what he was struggling with? You got it, fear. Whether you are young or old, fear can plague you.
FEAR can paralyze. Many times, there are things you want to do, but when you think of actually trying to do those things you become immobile. This is common if you are struggling with fear. Think of all the things you would have accomplished if you were not so afraid.
FEAR can make you worry. If you watch or listen to the news, it doesn't take long for you to realize that things are changing rapidly and drastically. Whether it's the economy, health care or just our physical security, we as people know how to worry. Why do we worry? We worry because we are afraid. When I used to live in the city, I noticed that some of my neighbors had great big iron bars on their doors and windows. Sometimes even their yards were well fenced in. Even though I knew they were trying to protect themselves from the criminals, it almost looked to me like they were the ones in prison.
FEAR can torment you. Do you remember when you were a kid, how you felt before you went to school? Did you feel queasy the night before? Did you get butterflies in your tummy? Perhaps, it was going to a new job or meeting new people. Were you a little uncomfortable? Maybe you even broke out into a sweat.
A couple of years ago, we were in another church service. After the sermon, my husband made an altar call and several people came forward. One young married couple came up and the lady wanted my husband to pray for her concerning fear. Well, just about the same time I beckoned to my husband and said I felt impressed once again to say something (I did not tell him what I wanted to talk about nor did he ask me). So, like the time before, I asked permission. My husband decided to tell the young lady to hold on for a moment, and that I had something to say. Once again, I shared my story of overcoming fear. I had no clue what the young lady had told my husband, nor did he have any clue what I wanted to talk about.
FEAR is genderless. Whether you are a male or female, fear does not care. Sometimes women can be afraid of other women, and men can be afraid of other men. Sometimes we can all be afraid of each other.
FEAR will cause you to tell lies. See 2 Steps to Overcome Lying.
There is a lot more that can be said as it relates to fear, but let's talk about how you can really overcome fear. You will be amazed at how simple it is to overcome fear.
When I realize that fear would like to creep back into my life, I immediately repent of being afraid. Now if you are a Christian repenting to God over fear is not a problem because He will give you instant peace (read Psalms 46 if you have a Bible). If you are not a Christian, however, I am not sure how to help you other than to say become a Christian and get to know this God, the Lord Jesus, personally.
My extended family comes from a Hindu religious background, and if you know anything about Hindus, they have millions of gods. Unlike Hindus, we have one God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, all one God (see 1 John 5:7). This God can help you, but He will not only help you overcome fear. Oh, no! When you let Him in your life, He will do so much more.
Now, going back to the original question, where did fear come from? Read 2 Timothy 1:7. Now if God did not give us fear, then who do you think wants us to be afraid? The Bible teaches us that God is love and if you read 1 John 4:18 you will see what the Bible has to say about overcoming fear.
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