Over the years, the Lord has graciously taught me to release my fears into His control. My fears ranged from losing my job, the death of my parents or family member, not getting married, disappointing people and the fears kept building in my heart. I then began noticing that my mind was focusing more on what terrible things could happen then entrusting each day with the Lord and living in His joy. After recognizing my problem, I began to do a word study on fear in the Bible and through this study the Lord began to release the control of fear out of my grip and into His loving care. The Lord continues to remind me of this truth and also has given me an opportunity to counsel others who at times can feel paralyzed with fear. I have included some practical steps that can help to release our fears to the Lord.
- Change thought patterns. We must begin to discipline our thoughts to focus on what we know is true about God. When we encounter negative thoughts it’s important to dispute those lies with the truth of Scripture. For example, Philippians 4:8 says “ Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” By filling our mind with the truths of God’s Word every time we are anxious or afraid, we are building healthy thought patterns from which healthy emotions will spring. Knowing the truth and then acting on truth is critical to conquering fear. The primary resource for finding God’s truth is His Word. As John 8:32 says, “You will know the truth, and they truth will set you free.”
- Focus on God. Don’t fight your fears alone, but run to Him whenever your anxious, worried or afraid. When we hold onto our anxieties and fears, we are actually denying God His right to be God, which is to have control over every aspect of our life and to take care of us.
- Identify your fearful triggers and minimize activities that cause anxiety. Stop yourself from entertaining negative, fearful thoughts. An exercise that will help silence the fears is to start writing down your fearful thoughts and then next to those thoughts write down a truth from God’s Word. For example, Fear: “I’m afraid of what others are thinking about me.” Truth: “My peace comes from pleasing God, not in pleasing man. ‘We make it our goal to please him.’” 2 Corinthians 5:9. Be vigilant over your thought life.
- Step forward in Christ. When you encounter a fear don’t ignore them, but name them and look for the root cause of your anxiety. Take time to clarify what thoughts and experience have lead to the fear response. Fears and anxiety don’t have to keep you in bondage, but you must be proactive in continuing to face down your fears. Allow the Lord to give you His victory.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.” I Peter 5:7