What are the Key Contributors to Fear?(2)

Fear does not appear “in a vacuum.” Just as Gideon’s 7 years of terror at the hands of the Midianites set him up to be fearful, something set you up to be controlled by fear, and something serves to trigger that fear. The setup occurred in the past, while the trigger occurs in the present. Finding the truth about your past fearful setup will provide wisdom as to why you are being controlled by fear in the present. “Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.” (Psalm 51:6)Former Fear-Producing Experiences

Emotional Overload

Avoidance of Threatening Situations

  • Refusing to face your fears: “I minimise my fearfulness.” “I think it will go away in time.” “I think that I can avoid fearful situations.”
  • Giving no opportunity for change: “I don’t seek help or talk to anyone.” “I don’t try to figure out why I am fearful.”     “I don’t try to learn to confront my fear.”
  • Continuing to reinforce your fears: “I accommodate my fears rather than challenge them.”       “Everything I do is contingent on my fearfulness.” “I don’t go anywhere that might raise my anxiety level.”
  • Reinforcing your negative thought patterns: “Fear dominates all of my decisions.” “I evaluate everything through the filter of fear.” “My thoughts are dominated by fear.”

Realise the reason for your fear and let the Lord help you face your fears. “I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13)

 Runaway Imagination

  • Expecting life to be threatening: “I always expect hostility and hatred.” “I always expect resistance and roadblocks.” “I always expect danger and disaster.”
  • Assuming the worst will happen: “I always assume rejection and ridicule.” “I always assume hurt and heartache.” “I always assume frustration and failure.”
  • Believing you can never change: “I have given up thinking my life will ever be good.” “I think I will be controlled by fear forever.” “I don’t believe God can or will help me.”
  • Thinking you have no control over the situation: “I am overwhelmed when I experience fear.” “I am powerless when I experience fear.” “I can’t think clearly when I experience fear.”

Realise the reason for your fear and replace the lies you are believing with the truth. “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)