Slightly Obsessed #098 "Five Ways To Fight Fear" by Pamela Thorson on 2015-01-28 08:13:25
"The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them." – Psalm 34:7
The images were surreal, as if replayed from a Hollywood movie. But the mayhem, blood, and horror were very real as a French SWAT team stormed a Parisian shop and freed the hostages taken by a terror group affiliated with Al Qaeda. Over and over we watched the replay on the news as people bolted to safety under the watchful eyes of the police.
There are so many things to fear in our world.
Many of us fear death, or at least the suffering that precedes it. Some of us fear losing our homes, our relationships, our youth, our health, our faith, our sanity. Most of us are afraid of something. On the other hand, God has commanded us to live fearlessly. But how is that possible when we are trapped by circumstances in seemingly hopeless situations?
In all things, we are promised that God will give us a path to victory. Below are five powerful ways to fight back fear when it lurks at our doors:
1. Believe in His Word.
Platitudes and positive thinking won’t rescue us from danger. We need to know that He will do what He says. Key to this is actually reading His Word and making it a vital part of our being, so when we get into trouble, His promises are already stored up in our hearts for easy access.
2. Trust in His power.
It’s not up to us to solve every problem. Success does not depend on us, nor do God-sized burdens belong on our shoulders. Our job is to do what we can and actively practice God’s words to “Cease striving and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) when darkness threatens to overtake us.
3. Understand how much He loves you.
That’s probably impossible on this side of heaven, but we can get some idea of this as we think on the great sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us. The Bible says that God counts every hair on our heads (Luke 12:7) and He saves up all our tears (Psalm 56:8). His thoughts toward us are more numerous than the grains of sand (Psalm 139:18). That’s limitless love.
4. Know what to fear.
Repeatedly in the Bible we are encouraged to fear only God. We are to acknowledge His greatness and give Him the reverence He deserves. Nothing is greater than Him. Nothing.
5. Practice His presence continually.
Because He lives in every believer, there is no one closer to us than God. He already knows all our fears, doubts, and mistakes, and still—amazingly—He stays with us. It’s okay to open up to Him and enjoy the constant fellowship that is available to us. He wants to comfort and guide us through our tragedies and joys. Why would we choose to suffer alone, when our Father is here to walk with us?
Fear is a powerful emotion. It takes courage to pull away from its clutches and watch the skies instead for the Comforter, the Deliverer, the One who can calm our souls with a single command:
“Peace, be still.” Mark 4:39
About Pamela Thorson:
Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. She resides in the Northwest with her family.
In the gray dawn of another day, I am spent. I can pray no more. There are no more words I can say, no entreaty with which to reach my Master. As the night shadows fade before the rising sun, I open my Bible. In the space between darkness and light, I need to hear His voice.
Slightly Obsessed #207: The Real Avenger
The current popularity of Marvel Comic movies and spin-offs has brought a series of ancient mythical deities to prominence. People used to actually worship these flawed heroes, but the real Avenger is at the door.
Slightly Obsessed #206: A Portrait of Faith: Willing to Learn
Sometimes it’s hard to discern God's voice above the noise in our head and around us. The Bible encourages us to keep listening and keeping trying, because like anything else, we are trained by practice.
Slightly Obsessed #205: A Portrait of Faith: The Courage to Trust
Trust is a gift we give someone who has earned the right to ask for it. It’s the bond between two people who have a history between them. Trust is hard-won and easily lost.
Slightly Obsessed #204: A Portrait of Faith: An Obedient Heart
Is it really so important to know and obey God's Word if we're already saved? Isn't worrying about obedience just a form of legalism? Don't we live in the age of grace?
Slightly Obsessed #203: God Doesn’t Need Our Thanks
If we were to walk through an open door to heaven as the apostle John did in a vision during his imprisonment on Patmos, we would not find a forlorn father awaiting a phone call from his children, but a royal residence filled with glory.