Fear: we’ve all felt it.
It can present itself in a fear of failure or fear of rejection. It can manifest as the distrust of a person or a situation or when you think harm is going to occur. Maybe you fear others perception of you or others reactions to your choices and behavior. You may fear the unknown or the future. Any way it presents itself, fear can be one of the most crippling emotions we experience, leaving us paralyzed to live out the true potential God has called us to.
We are told to "fear not" many times in the Bible. God knows that we are going to be tempted by fear. Otherwise, He wouldn't have warned us about it so many times in His word. God is passionate about us living undaunted and free from what can keep us from serving Him fully, and being the person we were created to be. Our God is a loving God and we are told that, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” (1 John 4:18 ESV)
It is very important to get your fear outside of the confines of your brain and into the light of truth God offers. Inside our heads, the fear is always magnified. It becomes huge and hairy and paralyzing. God is very clear that he doesn't want us to live in this bondage. For the Bible says, "for God gave us a spirit not of fear; but of power and of love and self-control.” (2 Tim: 1-7 ESV)
Talk to God about your fear, and get it out of your mind, and into His hands. Scripture says, “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 ESV)
Verbalize your fears externally to another individual, and ask them to pray for you. Once the fear leaves your head and is exposed in the light, it can be seen from a very different vantage point. Talk to a counselor that can work through your thought patterns, and help you have victory over your fear. You will be surprised and encouraged by the ways God will use you as your fears resign.
If you are struggling with fear or have questions about next steps, we would love to help.