What Is the Root Cause of Being Controlled by Fear?

Gideon’s greatest weakness eventually becomes his greatest strength. He discovers that when he acknowledges he is weak and inadequate, God’s strength and adequacy prevail in him.

Imagine!… God has an encounter with a fear-filled Gideon and reveals truth to him both about the fearsome man of God he will become and the plan God has for him!… Then God supplies him with 32,000 men to accomplish that plan … but gradually reduces that number to only 300 men! Finally God sends this band of 300 against the army of 135,000 – with odds of 450 to 1 – so that the victory would clearly be the Lord’s and His alone! And though no one man could ever defeat 450 men (the ratio God arranged) in his own strength, Gideon goes forth with a whole heart! But not until God first removes the final kernel of fear residing in Gideon’s heart by sending him among the sleeping Midianites to overhear the interpretation of a dream.

“He [Gideon] and Purah his servant went down to the outposts of the camp.… Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream. ‘I had a dream,’ he was saying. ‘A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. It struck the tent with such force that the tent overturned and collapsed.’ His friend responded, ‘This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon.… God has given the Midianites and the whole camp into his hands.’ When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped God.” (Judges 7:11, 13–15)

So now … it is time to rally the troops.…“He [Gideon] returned to the camp of Israel and called out, ‘Get up! The Lord has given the Midianite camp into your hands.’ ” (Judges 7:15)

When we fear we have the wrong belief of: “I have no control over my fear. My only recourse is to avoid all fearful situations.”

The right belief is:  “As I face my fear in the strength of the Lord, fear will not control me. Christ lives in me, and as I focus on His perfect love and His perfect truth, I will feel His perfect peace in the midst of every fear-producing situation.”

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)