Wouldn’t it be nice if you knew how to overcome fear for good? The majority of us have to deal with fear every day.
The reason why I say “the majority of us” is because there are actually people who literally do not feel any fear. Due to a rare medical condition in the brain, these people are not able to experience any fear.
For many of us that might sound like an ideal way of life. Yet, it is not as great as it sounds. The families of these people who suffer from this condition must constantly be on the look-out for them. They cannot determine when a situation is threatening to them and thus they cannot avoid dangerous situations.
There is nothing wrong with their thinking. It is not as if they would go walking on a busy highway. But when something out of the ordinary would happen, such as robbery or even in the event of a fire, they wouldn’t know to avoid it. It might be a life-threatening situation, but because they don’t sense any fear they might (unknowingly) do something which puts them directly in harm’s way.
But for the rest of us, many people often have to deal with fear on a daily basis. Fear can come in many forms; fear of the unknown, the uncertainty of the future, losing your job, incurable diseases, the death of a loved one or death in itself.
‘Fear’ Can Be a Good Thing, but You Don’t Have To Spend Your Life Being Intimidated by Fear
With the above-mentioned in mind, fear can be a good thing. It is a built-in mechanism that warns us about possible danger. It is an emotion that – when properly controlled – can be used to our benefit.
It is like when you drive your car. Just because you’re aware of the risks involved, there’s no need to get a nervous breakdown every time you get into the driver seat of your car. When you become aware of a potential threat ahead of you, you can apply the brakes or change direction to avoid the potential danger.
In pretty much the same way you can respond in life when you experience the emotion of fear. It is a natural emotion that warns you against possible danger or some threatening situation.
When you experience the emotion of fear though, there is no need to immediately go into ‘panic-mode’.
Be observant and evaluate your situation as good as you can. Decide what appropriate actions you can take and take action. You might be able to avoid the situation altogether. If it can’t be avoided, what can you do to absorb the impact or reduce the risk involved of whatever you are facing? Determine what actions you can take and then take action.Conquering your fear starts with acknowledging your fear. Click To Tweet
Fear Will Come
Fear will come; there is no doubt about that. But you don’t have to tolerate a ‘spirit of fear’.
What I mean by that is that you don’t constantly have to live in fear.
I say again – fear will come. We are being told repeatedly in the Bible; “do not fear”. That means; fear will come. But we don’t need to allow it to rule over our lives.
It’s interesting to note that Jesus never requested anybody or asked them to try to not be afraid. Every time He gave the instruction/command “do not fear.” Jesus would never instruct us to do something we cannot do. Nobody said it’s going to be easy, but it is possible.
Take Control and Resist Fear
Use the emotion of fear to your benefit as a warning signal to avoid danger or any threatening situation that might be unpleasant or harmful to you. Use the emotion of fear as a tool to take control over any threatening situation, but do not allow it to control you.
When you don’t take control over the emotion of fear, it can get out of hand. Besides the forms of fear already mentioned in the beginning of the post, fear can surface in many other forms as well. Many people suffer from fear of heights, fear of spiders, fear of snakes, fear of small spaces, fear of open spaces…. and the list goes on.
Some people are just plain pessimistic. When the phone rings, they expect to receive bad news. Other people get filled with fear when they see what is currently happening in the world by watching the news.
If you don’t take control of the emotion of fear you can end up living in constant fear.
But a fearful life is not from God because 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) says “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Also, as already mentioned, we keep hearing Jesus say things like “fear not” and “do not fear”.
Although it is common knowledge that we all face fear at times, we don’t have to give in to it.
So, how can we resist fear?
Here are a couple of suggestions:
1. Protection is Available:
Find promises of protection from the Bible and know that you are not alone. There are many promises of protection in the Bible. And believe me, you will find no better protection than from God. I know, because I’ve experienced it on more than one occasion in my own life.
2. What is the Possibility of it Actually Happening?
If you are scared of flying for example and you have to take a flight, according to statistics, what are the chances of something actually happening to you?
You might be surprised to learn that you are actually at more of a risk traveling in your car every day. Most of the time the majority of things we fear or worry about the most, never even happens.
3. What Is The Worst That Can Happen?
If it is something likely to happen, evaluate whatever you are facing and ask yourself “what is the worst that can happen?”
Is it really all that bad? Can you or someone else get hurt in the process? If the worst that can happen is someone laughing at you, join them and have a giggle at yourself too.
Firstly, you just may gain a new friend, because people like people who can actually laugh at themselves. Secondly, you’ll reduce your own stress levels and thirdly, at least you’ve tried something while they didn’t. So, the ‘worst’ thing might even turn into the ‘best’ thing and you end up finding someone who can show you how it should be done.
4. What Can You Do About It?
Once you have established what the worst thing is that can happen; decide what you can do to prevent that from happening or see if you can avoid it altogether.
I can remember my dad always telling me how to avoid trouble. He would say; “Son, what is the best way to guarantee that you’ll never get eaten by a lion?” And then his answer would be: “Never get into the same cage with a lion.”
5. Stay Calm and Take Appropriate Action:
Once you have properly assessed the situation, you can now either avoid it or take the necessary precautions to make it more manageable. Now put in some conscious effort to remain calm and handle the situation as best you can if it cannot be avoided altogether.Most things we are scared of, never even happens. Click To Tweet
Over to You
How do you keep your fear under control?
Are you an adventurer that conquers your fear by taking on challenges to face your biggest fears head-on? Or are you calm and collected?
Maybe you scare easily or have some kind of phobia.
Tell us about it in the comments. Let’s share some experiences, fears, and phobias. Tell us how you deal with it. Maybe we can help one another with some advice on how to handle our fears or even get over them.
I look forward to hearing from you.