Counter Your Fears with Facts

Like Gideon (Judges 6-7), if you grew up in an environment where fear reigned, you could easily have developed a fear-based mentality as a child and then grown into an adult who is now controlled by the fear. At times, you feel helpless and powerless to confront or to match someone strength-for-strength. Gideon had been at the mercy of those around him who, as “master manipulators,” had a whole arsenal of fear tactics. Unless you, like Gideon, come to recognise the bondage you are in and accept the fact that Christ came to free the oppressed, you will remain in bondage. Yes, Christ came to set you free – just as He set Gideon free centuries before.  “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed.” (Luke 4:18)

If your fear is: “I can’t help this feeling of intense fear!,” counter it with the fact: “This feeling is a bluff to my mind and body. It is not grounded in truth.” “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.” (Psalm 27:3)

If your fear is: “I have this feeling of doom – a feeling that I am going to die,” counter it with the fact: “The time of death is in God’s hands. I will choose to trust Him.” “Man’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.” (Job 14:5) If your fear is: “I’m afraid of what others are thinking about me,” counter it with the fact that, “My peace comes from pleasing God, not in pleasing man.” “We make it our goal to please him.” (2 Corinthians 5:9)

If your fear is: “I am hopeless and can never change” counter it with: “In Christ, I am a new person. Nothing is hopeless.” “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

If you say: “I am so nervous, I can’t think clearly” replace it with: “God will guard my mind and give me peace.” “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) When you say: “To be safe, I have to be in control” then replace it with, “God is in control of my life, and He is with me step-by-step.” “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)

When you fear saying: “I feel trapped with no way of escape” replace it with: “God always makes a way of escape.” “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)