Practical Ideas for Overcoming Fear

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Most of our fears are destructive in nature. I recently read about a study that expressed how 80% of illnesses come from stress or fear.

Yes, there are healthy fears that keep us from touching a hot stove top or standing in the middle of the expressway, but those fears are not the type that usually flood our minds on a recurring basis. As the saying goes, “Rome was not conquered in a day” and neither will your fears be, but there are some practical ways to start dealing with them, so that, over time, you will control them more than they control you.

Let’s start with a positive statement that you can quote out loud or repeat in your mind when faced with fearful thoughts.

There is a quote on fear by Kenneth Hagin that I repeat to myself from time to time as needed which says, “I am never afraid. I do not know fear. I do not doubt. I have a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.” These statements were formulated from 2 Tim. 1:7 which says, “God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of a sound mind [or other translations – self-discipline.]” Here is the line of reasoning. It is a little philosophical, but I have found it quite helpful.

  • As we see in this quote, God does not desire us to fear anything. He put a spirit within us that does not fear.
  • God Himself does not fear anything.
  • If a person believes that the Spirit of God is living inside of him, and God has given him a spirit that doesn’t fear, then a fearless state is one in which we can realistically live during regular, day-to-day life.

You must believe that controlling your fearful thoughts is an obtainable goal, and use this positive confession or develop one of your own to remind yourself that fears are conquerable.

A second, helpful step in overcoming fear that I also picked up from Hagin was his description of the process of spiritual rebirth. It goes hand in hand with the above positive confession.

Many people are familiar with terminology for spiritual rebirth, but Hagin expresses it differently than what I have heard before, though I do not find it unscriptural. According to scripture, since the “fall of man” or the failure of Adam and Eve to obey God, a corrupt, sinful nature is passed on to each person born. When there is a spiritual rebirth, scripture says all things become new. In other words, your spirit that was corrupted by sin is now restored to a spiritual state like God originally created in Adam and Eve, a spirit that has a nature like the Spirit of God. (If any one is in Christ, he is a new being! His old life has passed away; a new life has begun! 2 Cor. 5:17 TCNT).

Since God is perfect and nothing negative exists in His Spirit, it stands to reason that when He recreates a person’s spirit for the spiritual rebirth–when He recreates your spirit to be like His–there isn’t anything negative in your new spirit! When you are aware of this fact, you can train yourself to identify whenever negative thoughts such as fear come into your spirit (or hatred, complaining, ill-will, etc.). Since you recognize that these thoughts are not of your own spirit, they must be from an outside source—from either a negative human or negative spiritual influence. When you identify negative thoughts as not being a part of your new, recreated spirit, you can make a quick decision to remove them from your mind. Using the confession to get my focus off of fear, and following this process of identifying harmful thoughts, was the first successful method I found to remove recurring fears from my thought life.

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A third helpful practice is the procedure expressed in Scripture of “taking captive every thought and making it obedient to Christ.”

“Taking captive (2 Cor. 10:5)” again involves the process of identifying the thoughts that are harmful and making a purposeful decision to remove those thoughts from your mind. However, the “making it obedient to Christ” adds in the necessary part of replacing the negative thoughts with positive ones, ones in line with Scripture and God’s favor toward you. Philippians 4:7,8 gives us clear guidelines for our thoughts, “Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, if anything is excellent, if anything is praiseworthy, think on such things.” It does take discipline to make a habit of removing from your mind any thought which does not fit into those categories and replacing it with a positive thought, but it is definitely worth the effort for enjoying greater peace and contentment in your mind and spirit.

Positive speaking is the fourth area worthy of mention. Positive speaking is not only an edifying practice which benefits those around us, but speaking positively out loud is helpful for ingraining those constructive thoughts in your mind.

For those who desire to strengthen their spirits as well as their emotional and mental states, this is where a thorough knowledge of Scripture is helpful. Verses will vary based on the source of the fear. If the fear is being caused by an illness, you may wish to focus on scriptures related to healing. If the fears are related to past failure or low self worth, verses related to God’s unfailing love, compassion, and forgiveness may be more appropriate. If the fears are related to feelings of being overwhelmed or unable to accomplish a task, scriptures on God’s strength would be beneficial in casting out fearful thoughts.

You can overcome the irrational fears that typically frequent your mind throughout the day.

When I first began to pay attention to when negative thoughts entered my mind, I was astounded at how many types of fears were trying to gain access and how often. These fearful thoughts, even if low-level, caused me needless worry and stress as well as drained my physical and emotional energy. These practical steps in this post are easy to implement as I can verify from my own, personal experience. Take the step to control your fears! It is positive progress for healing in your life action that you can start today!

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