Have you ever wondered how to fight fear and actually win? These past few weeks, my daughters have been learning how to battle fear in their lives. We’ve had numerous conversations about where fear really comes from and how to fight it using the truth of God’s Word. In the end, it doesn’t even matter what you’re afraid of… whether you’re suffering from nightmares, fearful about your career or finances, or even afraid to try something new that God has called you to do. Fear originates from the enemy. And if you have the Holy Spirit living within you, it’s a battle you can win!
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For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7
Be careful about what you let in.
There are lots of ways that we allow fear to creep into our lives. Are you paying attention to what you watch for entertainment or listen to on the radio? Do you allow others to speak fear into your life? We need to be on guard when it comes to what we surround ourselves with. While it’s true that we can’t stay away from every single source of fear, we can monitor what we willingly subject ourselves to in terms of entertainment as well as conversations with others.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. – Philippians 4:8
Be mindful about what comes out of your mouth.
When I spend a lot of time with others having conversations about my worries and fears, I tend to worry more. But it isn’t just because of what I’m hearing, it’s also about what I’m saying. If I spend my days worrying and and speaking doubt, I will reach a point where I believe it. Not only that, but the Bible tells us that our words have the power to speak life or death. Trusting in God means speaking His truth to my situation rather than declaring my worries or fears.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. – Proverbs 18:21
Remember that the enemy is a bully and he doesn’t fight fair.
The Bible tells us to resist the enemy and he will flee. But that doesn’t mean he won’t try to come back and influence us with his lies once he thinks we have our guard down. The enemy doesn’t fight fair. He will wait until you’re vulnerable again to attack you with his lies. He wants you to believe that resisting him doesn’t work, but we know better!
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. – 1 Peter 5:8
Never forget your identity in Christ.
Do you know who you are in Jesus? As a child of God, you are loved, protected, and have been equipped to handle anything the enemy tries to throw your way. This includes fear! When you know who you are in Him and use this truth against the enemy, he has no choice but to back down.
Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. – James 4:7
How to fight fear… and win!
- Guard your mind.
- Watch your words.
- Remember that you are fighting the enemy… not your own fears.
- Fight the enemy using the Word of God.
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. – 1 John 4:4
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*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.