To move from fear to faith like Gideon did (Judges 6-7):
· Begin with a healthy fear (awe) of God.
· Be aware that living in a “state of fear” is not part of God’s plan for you.
· Be willing to analyse your fear honestly to discover the real source of your fear.
· Be aware of the power of God’s love for you.
· Be committed to developing your faith in the Lord: Be actively involved in a Bible study (2 Timothy 2:15); Be in daily prayer – truly talking with God (Philippians 4:6); Be consistently active in a local church that teaches the Word of God (Hebrews 10:25); Be committed to memorising and meditating on God’s Word (Philippians 4:8); Be obedient to God’s promptings in your spirit (Philippians 4:5). “His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:2).
· Be involved with other believers: Be engaged with fellow Christians (Hebrews 10:25); Be willing to testify to God’s faithfulness in your life (Lamentations 3:22–23); Be focused on serving others (Philippians 4:10); Be aware of the twofold responsibility (Christ’s and yours) in assisting others in need (Philippians 4:13–14); Be accountable to a small intimate group of growing Christians. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17).
· Begin using truth from God’s Word to rein in your fear-producing imagination the moment it starts spinning out of control: “When I am afraid, I will trust in you” (Psalm 56:3); “The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1); “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
· Be willing to face the situations you fear through faith in the power of Christ: Know that Christ is always ready to respond to your needs; Acknowledge His actual presence and call for His help; Release your fear to Him and receive His powerful love; Act in love toward others by focusing on their needs and relying on God. “The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
· Become free from your fear and strengthened in your faith: Become more trusting; Become more peaceful; Become more thankful; Become more Christlike. “Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:6–7)