The Truth Is…
Faith and fear cannot reside in the same heart. God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
Since we see in scripture the fact that having the Spirit of Fear is the opposite of having a sound mind, I would suggest that fear begins in the mind.
The enemy of our soul is called “the Father of Lies” by Jesus in Scripture, and since God says in His Word at least 365 different times not to fear, that’s basically at least once per day as a reminder.
Fear is a liar.
In 1 Peter 5:8, Peter says, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
In the Greek language (the original language of the New Testament), the word sober-minded is a verb meaning to exercise self-control. We have to choose to not listen to fear. It is our choice, and we have to use our self-control in order to do so.
Are you wondering where to start? God’s Word is the perfect place. I would suggest committing the following verse to memory because this is said by the Creator of the Universe.
“‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’” Isaiah 41:10
God says not to fear because He is with us. He says He will strengthen us and help us; He will uphold us with His righteous right hand.
This is reassuring that we don’t have to do it alone or muster up the strength on our own.
Scripture also says in 2 Corinthians 12:9-11 that His grace is sufficient and that He is strong in our weakness.
This is such good news.
Because we don’t have to dig into ourselves to find strength, rather we can lean back onto God and find His strength. We can rest while we discover our resilient selves.
We were made for this; we were made to overcome fear; we were made to be held by our Heavenly Father.
Does this mean we still have to face our fears? Yes, but not alone, rather with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords by our side.
You were made for this; you were made to overcome fear; you were made to be held by and empowered by your Heavenly Father.