What to Ask When You Feel Afraid

Gideon makes the same request for supplies at a second town – Peniel – and receives the same refusal. In resuming his pursuit of the Midianite kings, Gideon and his men rout the entire remaining army of 15,000 and capture their cruel kings. Gideon continues living out his personal transformation from fear to faith as he completes the task God has called him to accomplish … delivering Israel from the destructive domination of the Midianites. And he does it in the face of criticism and opposition, not only from his enemies, but from his countrymen. And he does it because he knows his God, his source for truth, is trustworthy (Judges 7).

Knowing the truth and then acting on the truth is critical to conquering fear. The source of truth is the One who does not lie … our God who cannot lie.

The first step in applying truth is to identify the false assumptions behind the fears you are experiencing and to replace the false with the truth.

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

When you feel afraid of a person or a situation …

·         Ask yourself if what you are afraid of is certain to happen …Evaluate: “Is what I fear actually likely to happen?” Realise that fixating on your fear guarantees its repetition. Understand that most fears have nothing to do with what’s happening now.

·         Determine how current the fear that you are presently feeling is. Ask yourself … What was the past trauma(s) that first instigated my fear? What past fear am I bringing into the present? When did this fear first begin? How old am I emotionally when I am feeling this fear? Where am I when I am feeling this fear? What is going on when I am feeling this fear? How is this fear affecting my life now? What is it costing me?

·         Decide: Are you determined to get out of the grip of fear? If so …Do what it takes to control your fear and to change from being fearful. Tell yourself, “I will not let this fear run my life.… I will not let past fears control me.” Decide to live in the here and now and act in a way that is not based on fear. Repeat this phrase over and over, “That was then, and this is now.… That was then, and this is now.” Share your fear and your plan for change with a trustworthy person. As you choose to face your fear with faith, claim this Scripture as your own … “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)