Conquering Fear In Our Life – What The Bible Says?
Fear is present in many areas of our daily life and we must turn to God and his word to help us get through conquering it.
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
– Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)
We live in a world that is completely consumed by all kinds of fear: fear of the unknown, fear of reality, fear of death, and the list goes on. For even the most faithful believers, fear is a struggle that has to be conquered daily. Often it seems that fear is the one thing standing in the way of our relationship with Christ; it is the one thing that keeps us from living in the joy that He has set before us.
So why do we fear? Fear always stems from our human desire to be in control. Too often we identify a threat in our lives, and instead of giving it over to God, we allow ourselves to be paralyzed by fear instead. At the root of fear is doubt – we doubt that God is sovereign and that in spite of everything, He is good. Fear, to an extent, can be useful. It alerts us to the dangers in our lives and lets us know when we are at our most vulnerable so that we can be vigilant in prayer. But when we allow fear to become a lifestyle, we give it permission to crush us.
The good news? We believe in a God who is greater than all our fear. Consider 1 John 4:18: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” His love is big enough to negate every source of anxiety in our lives. His love guarantees us a future with Him in eternity, where there will be no pain, no harm, no uncertainty. We can go through this life comforted by the fact that in the end, God will make everything work together for our good, if we simply trust in Him.
To conquer fear, we must stop dwelling on the things of this world, which will be gone in an instant, and focus instead on the things of God. When we set our minds on the heavenly purpose Christ has called us to, we begin to realize how meaningless all of our fears are. That isn’t to say that our problems aren’t legitimate or worth thinking about. Being fearless doesn’t necessarily mean always being without fear. It means being able to overcome that fear, knowing that God is control. And that is why we can be confident in the truth of Joshua 1:9: “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”