Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
How often do you go to a place of fear – 5 times, 10 times, 20 times per day?
Whether consciously or sub-consciously, your “old self” will always be going to a place of fear and reacting out of a place of fear. As a new creation in Christ Jesus, one area of your thinking that you must become ruthless towards is re-training your mind away from fear.
Every time you find yourself reacting to a situation or person – in outbursts, worry, anxiety, or stress, a spirit of fear is the root source of these issues.
Be ruthless with fear every time you detect the symptoms of fear like:
- That outburst of annoyance toward family and friends;
- A twang of worry in your soul when you think you will not have enough;
- You find yourself becoming emotional and overwhelmed because of stress.
All of these reactions are symptoms of fear. That’s the first thing you need to recognize so you will not continue to accept them as normal human emotions. That’s when you can receive God’s strength and help to deal with fear through two main ways
Firstly, it is through Meditating on God’s Word. The spirit of fear is stronger than you mentally, intellectually and physically. Only the scalpel of God’s Word can “cut” fear out of your life.
Isaiah 41:10 says “Fear not, for I am with you… I will strengthen you… uphold you…”
Psalm 91:2 says “God is my refuge and my fortress…”
Psalm 34:4 says “God delivered me from all my fears…”
Hebrews 4:12 says, the Word of God is sharper than a double-edged sword and it will deal with every spiritual root cause to all emotional/mental symptoms of fear in your life.
Secondly, God strengthens you to overcome fear through praying in the Spirit. It’s called praying in tongues or your heavenly prayer language. This kind of prayer literally dissolves fear from your heart.
1 Corinthians 14:4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.
Praying in the Holy Spirit edifies your spirit and soul – it builds you up spiritually producing courage and conviction rather than fear and doubt. This is the kind of prayer I am praying 80-90% of the time. As a pastor, my life must be saturated in prayer – for myself; my household and the church. The only way I can do this is through praying in the Spirit.
And it's the same with you. It doesn’t matter what the trial is that you are facing... as you remain steadfast in the Word and praying in the Spirit, you will find God's strength and help to bring you victory every time.