Focus: Freedom from fear
Psalm 34:4 (NLT) I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears.
There are many kinds of fear. Someone who has a problem with fear isn’t usually bothered with just one kind of fear. When a mind is apt to fear, it goes from one thing to another. When one thing a person is worried about gets resolved or goes away—something else takes over.
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According to Wikipedia, the top ten fear related subjects which are searched for on the internet are: fear of flying, heights, clowns, intimacy, death, rejection, people, snakes, failure, and driving.
The results of a Gallup poll in the U.S.A. that involved a national sample of adolescents between the ages of 13 and 15 showed that the top ten fears were: terrorist attacks, spiders, death, being a failure, war, heights, criminal or gang violence, being alone, the future, and nuclear war.
It’s obvious that the top ten fears will vary at different times of life—but some of the things teenagers are afraid of may be the same things that cause a senior citizen to fear.
Terrorism, financial loss, and life threatening disease are certainly some of the most common fears worldwide.
Fear is a known cause of depression, sleep loss, and disease. Dwelling on fear related subjects can make depression, sleep loss, and disease worse.
Someone who is filled with fear has very little peace, if any.
According to the Bible, fear can be a ‘spirit’. When someone is abnormally consumed with fear, they are tormented by the spirit of fear.
2 Timothy 1:8 (KJV) tells us that ‘God is Love.’ 1 John 4:18 (NKJV) goes on to say, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
We can know what the Word of God says and still be caught in a web of fear.
Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV)
Many times there are memories associated with fears. A real event that you remember has made you afraid of certain things. Other times, something may have happened that you don’t have a conscious memory of—but the event is still in your sub-consciousness.
Whether you are able to remember the cause of your fear, or not—God is greater and more powerful than your fear and what caused it. Nothing is impossible for Him and He wants you to be free from all your fears.
Having faith over fear is trusting God that nothing will happen to you that is outside His will. Whatever God ‘wills’, He is able to sustain you through.
No test or temptation (to fear) comes your way that is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down. He will never let you be pushed past your limit. He will always be there to help you come through it (1 Corinthians 10:13 MSG).
God has the power to deliver you from all your fears, but you have to make the decision that you want to be free. True freedom comes when you ask the Lord to deliver you from all your fears.
If you’re struggling over guilt of your fear, ask God to forgive you. He wants to help you. Just tell Him you’re sick and tired of being afraid. Tell Him what you’re afraid of and also tell Him that He is stronger than the things you have been afraid of. He is waiting to give you what you ask for. He loves you and wants you to be free. Just believe.
Declaration: I will find new strength by asking God to deliver me from all my fears. When I am afraid I will trust in the Lord (Psalm 56:3).
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