What are you most afraid of? Is it arachnophobia (the fear of spiders)? Is it ophidiophobia (the fear of snakes)? Or is it acrophobia (the fear of heights)? Perhaps you have mysophobia (fear of germs). While these fears may seem childlike to you or don’t have power to interfere with your everyday life, there are many that are paralyzed by these and other fears. While the thought of germs reminds you to wash your hands after activities or before meals, the fear of germs keeps many people isolated from the world. Fear is a powerful force that can take over your mind and spirit and cripple you worse than any disease or automobile accident. It can ruin your ability to work, go to school, have relationships or even form intellectual thoughts.
There have been many people that I have talked to over Facebook that are suffering from fear. No matter how much rationale you can use to belittle the power of the fear, perception is reality. It is fear that grips their reality with such force that they shutter, causing them to forget every promise that God’s Word has, and forcing them to let go of all hope for their future. Sometimes, their loved ones try relentlessly to encourage them and they fall right back into the trap of feeling fearful. Sometimes this fear can lead to attempts of suicide and self inflicted wounding (cutting). This can cause many of their loved ones to struggle with the how behind the healing process.
The solution to anxiety and fear is simple…but it’s not easy. You see, satan is a formidable opponent who uses every trick in the book to cause constant reminders to the person suffering from fear to relive the fear over and over again. People who suffer from anxiety and fear may have the nagging repetitive reminder in their head over and over again that one day, their fear will become a reality. Those who suffer from panic attacks may feel at the moment of the attack that their lives will soon be over. No amount of talking to them and reasoning with them about reality will snap them back into the place of security.
People who suffer from fear need the Lord. He is our security and our defender. The Bible reminds us in John 14 that the Holy spirit is our comforter. He also provides us with the assurance that the Holy Spirit will give us peace that passes all understanding. That type of peace has the ability to still your heart and bring you indescribable joy. The love that you feel when the Holy Spirit steps into your being is beyond words. Those who suffer from fear must spend time in God’s presence. Reading the Word of God is something that will help us to have a reminder of who God is and what He is able to do. As the power of God grows and develops in the hearts of those who seek Him, they will be able to overcome every attack from the enemy.
You may be wondering “How do I seek God?” You must get into a quiet place where it is just you and God. You can start the prayer by simply acknowledging God for who He is and what He has done. You may want thank Him for all that He had done in your life. If you don’t know Him, then ask Him to reveal Himself to you. God has the power to reveal Himself to you in a way that will leave you with no doubt of His power and ability to heal your world. Seek God daily, use every opportunity to speak with Him on your thoughts, feelings, motives, and of course fears. He will begin to manifest His presence in your life in a way that will silence the opposition. God has peace in store for you that will change your life. Here are a few bible verses that you can rehearse in your heart every time fear rears its ugly head. Be encouraged.
* “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
* “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
* “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
* “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” John 14:27
* “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
* “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
* “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Psalm 94:19
* “But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1
* “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” Proverbs 12:25
* “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
* “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
* “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
* “Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
* “Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue…” Isaiah 35:4
* “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Luke 12:22-26
* “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
* “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22
* “Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’” Mark 6:50
* “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
* “’For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 41:13-14
* “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
* “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper.” Psalm 118:6-7
* “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25
* “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:39-40
* “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” Psalm 34:7
* “But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.” 1 Peter 3:14
* “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
* “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” Deuteronomy 3:22
* “Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.’” Revelation 1:17
* “Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” Mark 5:36
* “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” Romans 8:38-39
* “The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” Zephaniah 3:17
* “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”…He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you…For he will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways…“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him…” from Psalm 91:1-16