How to Battle Fear in Your Life
From a Christian Perspective
by J.M. Troppello
I’ve struggled with fear many times in my life. Fear of failure. Fear of not having enough provisions. Fear of being surrounded by toxic people. Fear of not belonging. Fear of never being able to realize my dreams—both personally and professionally.
The following three verses have helped me to handle those fears in a godly way.
Isaiah 35:4 – Be strong and do not fear.
John 14:27 – God’s peace is real and powerful.
Joshua 1:9 – Be strong and courageous.
God had to do a major work in my soul and spirit to help me overcome those fears. Worry and anxiety were a fixture in my life. Walking in fear caused me to have restless sleep and sometimes not be able to sleep at all.
I knew that I couldn’t go on like that forever. Living in fear is not sustainable—especially if you want to live a victorious life in Christ.
When God worked on my soul and spirit, He did the following things:
Mindset – He showed me that I needed to renew my mindset daily.
Patience – I needed patience while learning to move in faith, not fear.
Focus – I had to set my focus on God and not the struggles I faced.
Humility – I had to admit that I had a real problem with fear.
Trust – I needed to trust that the Holy Spirit would comfort me.
Hope – I had to hope in the Lord, knowing that He was in control.
Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.” (Isaiah 35:4, NKJV)
I still have fears today.
The difference is that I know how to battle fear the right way. Those six lessons that God taught me—mindset, patience, focus, humility, trust, and hope—have been ingrained into my soul and spirit. I’ve learned to root myself and ground myself in the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.
When I stand firm on His Word, my foundation in Him cannot be shaken. I love how John 14:27 says, that the gift of peace which Jesus ‘left’ with you and me is not the same as the world gives. Thank goodness for that! His peace passes all understanding (Phil 4:7). God does not want your heart to be troubled or afraid. Go to Him with every concern that you have.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27, NKJV)
If you need to battle fear in your life, consider implementing the following seven steps into your daily routine—or whenever fear arises.
1. Pray arrow prayers.
2. Commune with God daily.
3. Recite Bible verses.
4. Read passages of Scripture.
5. Listen to praise music.
6. Call a trusted friend or family member.
7. Step out in faith even when afraid.
Step Out in Faith
“Bravery is being terrified and doing it anyway.” – Laurell K. Hamilton
Take that step of faith and ask God to help you deal with the fears in your life in His way. Focus on Him, not the issue. Stand upon the strong foundations of the Bible. Spend time with God in prayer and worship. That is the best tonic for battling fear.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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