Scripturally Based Answers For life's Questions
Fear is a natural thing—every person fears something and sometimes — but it is not something that cannot be defeated or overcome. Fear paralyzes, imprisons and destroys people. It is the one enemy that seems to be able to conquer all, yet most people don’t even know what it is. Is it real, or is it only a mindset? It is real, it is not just a mindset, but it does very much get its stronghold in the mind. Many people fear the things they imagine—things that could happen or evil things. Fear is described in the Word of God in two ways. First, there is a spirit of fear. From all the evil spirits, one of them is called the spirit of fear, and that spirit is always seeking to gain control in people’s lives. Secondly, fear is something that is rooted in people’s natural character. When God describes the natural characteristic of people in Click-Revelation 21:8, fearfulness is one of them. This is why every person does fear.
Why does fear come, and where does it come from? There are a few ways fear comes into our lives and gains control. One of the major ways it accesses our lives is through insecurity; when we are not sure what will happen to us, we get fearful. People fear death because they do not know what happens to the people who die. It can be very fearful, but it does not have to be. Click-Hebrews 2:14, 15
Another way that fear comes is through guilt. When people do sinful things, they get fearful. Guilt brings about fear. Click-Proverbs 28:1 It is almost like they fear their own shadow. There is no one pursuing them, yet they are fearful. It is the guilt of the sin that brings the fear.
We also fear tasks. When we feel responsible for something that seems greater than what we are able to manage, we get fearful. Many people also fear other people; they are afraid to disappoint them or afraid they will be taken advantage of by them. Click-Proverbs 29:25
How can one overcome his fear?
Fear is in our nature; we must be born of the Spirit of God for us to be delivered from that.
When we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, God replaces our fearful spirit with a new and secure spirit that helps us to be confident in life.
There are two forces that are used to move people. One is fear, and many religions and dictators use that to get the people to submit and do as they please. Then there is love. Love is a stronger force than fear, and that is what God uses to move people, or I should say draw people towards Him and to serve Him. The Apostle Paul said, For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died.
Click-Proverbs 28:1 When a person is absolutely convinced that he is right and has done righteously he will not back down for anyone, but when he has done wickedly he is fearful even when no one else is even aware of it. Righteousness brings about great boldness and drives away fear. We must make sure we are right with God and then do right with people.
The phrase “Fear not” or some variation of it appears in the Bible 365 times. Fear will back down every single time when faced by faith. Fear will not and cannot stand in the face of faith. Those who are rooted in the Scriptures, walk with God and act in faith can have victory over fear.
May God bless you and help you to conquer fear in your life and glorify God.