Dealing With My Fear (Part Two)

Fear is a bully that hounds us until it destroys us. When we give into our fear, it grows and becomes even more menacing. You must deal with your fear. 

What can we do to overcome our fear?

First, Think Through Your Fear. Think rationally, not emotionally. Thinking emotionally leads to panic; thinking rationally leads to wise decisions.

Think through the possible results if you do not confront your fear. Apart from Scripture and the blessing of God, I find this to be the most helpful exercise: “What is the worst that can come from this?”

For example, if someone has quit coming to church, should I call or not call. Will I make him mad? What is the worst result that can occur? I usually come to the conclusion that the worst result will be that he will continue not to attend church. Once I have gone through this exercise, I have removed the fear. The worst result will be the current result. He will continue not to come to church.

On the other hand, what is the best result that can take place? I can restore a brother. I can make a friend. I can be obedient to God. He might start back to church!

The downside of dealing with fear is usually minimal, but the upside of confronting your fear is usually astronomical.

Thinking through the fear will help you immensely.

Second, Find a Godly person to help you work through your fear. I often ask people: “If you were counseling me, what would you tell me to do?” Many times the answer is clear. Having someone to talk with helps you understand the better answer.

Three, Resolve to obey God. Fear is disobedience to God. Read what God said to people He called: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged” (Joshua 1:9). “Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them” (Jeremiah 1:19). “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

Everyone has to confront fear. If not, why would God tell Joshua and Jeremiah not to fear? Why did Jesus constantly tell the disciples not to be afraid?

Obey God and overcome your fear. You will be blessed and overjoyed when you are obedient.

 

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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