How to Overcome/conquer Fear (Fear as an enemy)
How to Overcome Fear is a major challenge in a believer’s life. Some of the greatest enemies we have in life are fear and worry.. We are anxious and fret over things which develop in our minds and cause the fears to get even greater.
Guilt is a great enemy. Because of guilt for past sins, we often become fearful and worry about these.
What if I don’t get the job, the exam, I can’t pay my taxes, I can’t meet my bills? These are enemies of our peace.
These are only some ways in which fear attacks us. Fear has many entry points and causes confusion, stress, ulcers, suicide, rejection. Fear is a great enemy. Before we talk about how to overcome fear, we want to quickly talk about types of fear.
Principal Types of Fear
1. FEAR OF DEATH;
Many people suffer throughout their lives from a fear of death. This fear becomes so great at times that it can consume us. We can become so terrified about the thought of death that it can take over every aspect of our lives. Fear of death can become obsessive.
2. FEAR OF SICKNESS
It has gripped many people all of their lives by a fear of sickness. They have seen close relatives die from long-standing sicknesses and they, themselves, fear the same problem will come upon them.
The problem is that because of this type of fear, sickness itself can gain an entry point into our bodies and minds. Fear of sickness is a real curse which can be inherited from generation to generation.
3. FEAR OF FAILURE
Many of us fear that we shall be failures. We have been told in our childhood that we are no good or that we will never make it and this has become indelibly etched into our minds. We go through life feeling that we will always be a failure and nothing will overcome this problem.
4. FEAR OF REJECTION
Often, because of early childhood experiences, people fear we might reject them. Perhaps their mother or father has failed to show love or has left home and the fear of rejection has entered the child’s life.
The child grows up with this fear of rejection and, as an adult, is hampered in all his or her relationships by this fear.
Entry Points of Fear
1. SEPARATION FROM GOD
Just as Adam, by his sin, opened himself to the spirit of fear and thus separated himselffrom God, so also we must be aware that our sin separates us from God.
“Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:1-2)
2. SHOCK OR TRAUMA
This is a major entry point of fear. When we receive a shock or go through a trauma, a spirit of fear will often enter.
Fear can enter through our own sin. Sin brings guilt and when sin is not repented from,guilt remains and with it brings fear. Again, involvement in the occult on our own part or on the part of our ancestors, can cause fear to enter the family line.
Fear can enter us in the womb. If the parents are subject to strong fear in their own lives, the spirit of fear from the father or mother or both can enter the child after conception and be present when it is born.
5. TOUCHING OF DEAD BODIES
If the dead person had spirits of fear within , then these same spirits now seek a new home.What better person to attack than a grieving wife or husband or near relative.
Rejection and fear of rejection are primary reasons for fear to enter. I know of one instance where a teacher punished children who did not express themselves properly.
These children were about nine years of age and as the teacher mocked these children and punished them, eight out of the twenty-four children in the one class began to stutter and most of them carried this affliction into their adulthood.
When marriages split, anger, rejection and fear enter. The effect on children can betraumatic. In a recent survey of children under the age of fourteen, they were asked, what did they fear most.
The majority responded that they feared that their parents would break up. Marital splits can have traumatic effects on children, causing fear to dominate their lives.
10. FAILING TO TRUST GOD
Because so many people are not born again of the Spirit of God and do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, they find that they are unable to place their faith in God.
Now that we have learnt how fear sneak into our lives, we will diving into how to overcome fear.
How to Overcome/conquer Fear
1. BE SURE THAT YOU ARE BORN AGAIN OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD
This means that we must turn from all sin and decide not to do it again. We call this repentance. We should confess our sins to God. My daughter, Maria, was born again after she read a little book on the subject. She went into her bedroom and got on her knees, turned from her sins and asked Jesus Christ into her life.
2. SEEK THE WATER BAPTISM AND WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE GIFT OF TONGUES
If you have never undergone any form of water baptism, it is imperative that you undergo. Jesus Christ told His disciples, including those who had already received the Holy Spirit (John 20:22), to wait in Jerusalem until they received the promise of the Father.
3. REPENT AND CONFESS THE SIN OF FEAR AND ANY OTHER SIN IN OUR LIVES
“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)
Clearly God has not given us that spirit of fear, but rather of power and of His love and of a sound mind.
4. REMIND GOD OF WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR YOU IN THE PAST
As we walk with God, we find that we have a testimony of God’s goodness in our lives. When David was speaking to Saul, telling Saul that he could defeat the Philistines, he was reminding himself of what the Lord had done for him in the past.
MEDITATING ON THE WORD
God has promised to keep us in perfect peace if our mind is stayed on Him.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3)
By regular mediation and reading of the Word of God we can grow stronger spiritually each day and are thus able to use the Word of God to defeat the enemy.
THROUGH PRAYER AND FASTING
Sometimes we are called by the Lord to pray and fast. As we do so, He reveals blockagesand blind spots in our lives and we become ready for deliverance. At that point of time, through prayer on our own or with others, we will find that fear will flee.