I got quite a number of responses from the last article titled- God created fear for a reason. Some people started reading the article with very divergent views about the importance of fear in our lives. However, by the concluding paragraph it was clear that fear was created by God. And, like everything God created, fear has a purpose. Hopefully at the end of the article we would address how each of us can gain freedom from fear.
The first step to freedom is an acknowledgement of bondage. You can’t be freed if you do not believe you have been held in captivity. Many of us do not even realize that the reason we chose one school rather than the other was because we were afraid we would be rejected. Some of us settled for our spouse because we were afraid of being alone. Would it surprise you to note that some of us refuse to start out our own business but rather hold on to a paid employment because we are afraid. Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will, it binds strong men and causes them to cower and settle for less. To break free from fear you must acknowledge that it exists.
Now that we have put all that out there, the next step is to get rid of fear. What are the things you are afraid of ? You might be afraid of being laughed at, or not hitting your target. Take baby steps towards those things you fear. Start that online course. Learn how to swimming. Make a down payment for that house, land, car etc. Choose a date for your wedding. Don’t be afraid about how it will work out rather courageously confront those fears.
Freedom from fear
Trust me, it is not going to be easy at first. Breaking free from fear is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. You have to continually work on it. Sometimes, fear would come back and this time it will come in its full regalia. So what, you did something seeming crazy. Despite all your fears, you proposed and she said yes. Then you went ahead, faced your fears, and chose a date. It seemed like you were winning your freedom from fear then all of a sudden a bigger fear comes, it hits you like a grenade. You suddenly realized that so much needs to be done, and a bigger fear takes you prisoner again.
The only way to get rid of fear for good is to replace it with something else – Faith. As human beings, we would always come to a point where we should ‘legitimately’ be afraid. In times like this your faith should go on autopilot. Remind yourself that ‘God will supply all your need ( Phil 4:19)’. When it seems like the sky is falling down on you, by faith remind yourself ‘even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for God is with me (Psalm 23:4 )’ . Examinations are coming and you are getting scared, remind yourself ‘I have more understanding than all my teachers ( Psalm 119:99)’ . Each time fear reappears, and it will surely appear, let faith answer.
In conclusion, faith is not a walk in the park. The bible say faith comes by hear and hear (Romans 10:17) . This means you have to keep working at it. Faith must be developed just the same way we develop any other habit. First have faith with little things and gradually increase the things you have faith for. Keep developing you faith, facing your fears and gradually you will experience freedom from fear.
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