Fears

Request:

I don’t remember a time when my life wasn’t ruled by fear. At times I feel almost paralyzed.

Response:

A moderate sense of fear may be considered normal, even healthy.  It may be an emotion or an awareness of impending danger – a defense mechanism.  It may just be that pounding heart or sweaty palms when asked to speak in public.  Fears may be in reaction to imagined or real circumstances.  They can be acute or chronic.

Do you know the reason for your fears?  What are you afraid of?  To be able to identify the source helps to find the right course of action to take.

Billy Graham says, “Jesus said we are not to fear; we are not to be anxious; we are not to fret; we are not to worry.  The Bible teaches that this type of fear is sin.  “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” – John 14:27

Are you afraid of God because of a guilty conscience or fear of future punishment?  This is a healthy fear if you have never trusted Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.  It will direct you to Him.  If this is your case you can deal with that right now by going to http://powertochange.com/discover/faith/discoverpurpose/. Follow this presentation through to a suggested prayer.  Make it your prayer.  God delivers from fears of future punishment – Romans 8:1-2.

If you are a Christian whose fear is personal inadequacy – not measuring up or even failing, remember that God doesn’t ask you to be successful.  He asks you only to please Him.  Learn to accept yourself as you are, not making excessive personal demands.  Don’t compare yourself to others.  Just be you – 2 Corinthians 10:12. God has given you all you need to be confident2 Timothy 1:7. Learn to trust God implicitly for what you want to be and do – Proverbs 3:5-6. Make your fears a matter of prayer – Philippians 4:6-7.

If your fears are hard to identify and are of more general nature such as the uneasiness or anxiety about the uncertainties of life and the future, remember that the Lord is mindful of usJohn 10:14; Jeremiah 29:11. He has promised His presenceHebrews 13:5. He has promised His provision – Psalm 37:25. He has promised His protection – Psalm 27:1. Replace your fears with trust in His promises.

If it is “peace” you are looking for.  Let me point to the source – the Holy Spirit – Galatians 5:22. If we are living under the control of the Holy Spirit, we can have peace.  To learn how to prepare for, and claim that power of the Holy Spirit, go to http://powertochange.com/thelife/kjp-lesson-three/

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