God is actually the One who does what He calls Gideon to do because He is the One who enables Gideon to do it (Judges 6-7). All God requires is that Gideon refuses to focus on the fear he feels and chooses to step forward in the faith he possesses. Of course, Gideon’s faith increases as he faces each new fear-producing situation. He goes from fearfully tearing down his father’s altar and Asherah pole under the cover of darkness to boldly pursuing the Midianites in the bright light of day! “The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
Certain general things to consider when dealing with fears are often overlooked just because they are quite simple and too “obvious” to be seen. It’s like looking at the forest but missing the trees. These suggestions may seem simplistic, but they can be the foundation on which to build an effective plan for overcoming unwanted fear and anxiety. “He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.”(Luke 6:48)
• Get a thorough medical checkup – ask if any condition could be causing anxiety.
• Ask your doctor to evaluate all medications.
• Get adequate sleep.
• Get regular exercise.
• Plan to get sufficient laughter, fun, and recreation.
• Be around encouraging people – remove yourself from negative people.
• Get on a healthy diet by eating healthful foods – avoid habit forming substances.
• Develop the habit of living one day at a time.
• Listen to inspirational Christian and/or good music.
• Ask a trusted friend to help you; then imagine the worst and consider why it wouldn’t be so bad after all.
“To him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”(Ephesians 3:20)