Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.~1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV
Most of us are afraid of something, and often times we don’t want to face our fears.
The very issues we fear can immobilize us. Oftentimes, what we are terrified of is not that big of a deal, but in our minds it is. The fear may be insignificant, except when we are the person working through them. I am not afraid of many things but spiders, in my perspective, are creepy. I cringe when I see them in my home, and I hesitate before I remove them. It is not easy to face a fear, but this is an issue each of us must face.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.~1 Timothy 1:17 NASB
Fear can be defined as anxiety resulting from impending danger, evil, or pain. Whether the threat is real or imaginary, it causes us to be distressed.
In order to overcome any fear, we first must confront it. We cannot conquer any fear we are not willing to confront. Avoidance fuels anxiety and this anxiety intensifies the fear. But, when we face the fear, we expose it, and only through exposure do we reduce the anxiety, which results in lessening the fear. If I do not ever face the spider that seems to be so terrifying, I will never overcome the anxiety I feel. But when I do face my fear head-on when I see one of these eight-legged creatures, they don’t seem to be as scary.
Second, we must fight our fears with faith. We must not believe what the enemy attempts to tell us. By responding in faith, we destroy those negative thoughts. We have the choice to decide how we respond to that which the enemy wants us to believe. Fear is destructive but faith creates a safety net. Fear destroys, but faith produces. Fear makes us forget God and his care for us, while faith helps us to focus on His love and power.
Be a warrior not a worrier.~Charles E. Maldon, Jr., author of In the Beginning: Godliness through Marriage
Just like in the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, when the ladies came to the tomb they were afraid of what they would find, but they went anyway and found the stone rolled away. Imagine if they did not go but sat in sadness. They would not have been able to see that their Messiah had risen.
Your faith must be bigger than your fear. Be a warrior not a worrier. Our weapon is the Word of God. Learn to study and find Scripture that will help you to overcome whatever you may face. This is how David overcame the many of the battles that were set before him.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.~Psalm 56:3 NASB
We can follow God’s Word in spite of our fears. 1 Corinthians 15:58, one of my favorite scriptures. I like to use it to overcome fears. It tells us to not be moved by what we face, but rather to be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. Don’t quit. Be decisively consistent when you are conquering a fear. Don’t be double-minded in your thinking. Make a decision and trust God. Oftentimes that decision is hard for us, but we must believe God’s Word to get us through.
Whenever there is a fear mounting within our emotions, God calls for greater steadfastness. It is not easy to overcome a fear in our own might, because the thoughts, worry, and anxiety of the unknown can get the best of us. But persevere. God will see you through. Fears can be multifaceted, coming at us in many different ways so we don’t always know what to do, but there is One we can count on and that is God. He is there for us, and He will carry us through. The fear may feel insurmountable to us, but we can trust Him. From His perspective, He has already overcome the difficulty. It is reassuring to know we have a Father who is waiting for us to trust Him.
What is one fear you are facing? Here’s an acronym that will help you to overcome. F.A.C.E. your fear by:
F- Faith in God’s Word and His character is key. We must believe what God’s Word tells us about who Jesus Christ is and who we are as a believer.
A- Awareness of God’s promises helps us persevere. We must know the promises of God that relate to our life and the fears we may face. Read God’s Word to find out what He says about the specific fear you want to overcome.
C- Commitment to God’s conditions is a must. We must commit ourselves to the conditions and follow the life instructions God provides for us. This is the compass we can trust for a peaceful, successful life.
E- Engagement against the enemy puts him in a tailspin. We must actively claim the promises of God and use them as a sword against our fears. Fear is our enemy but we can defeat it when we partner with God.
Dear Lord, thank You for reminding me that I am not subject to fear. I can overcome any fear. Forgive me for falling prey to feelings of doubt that are rooted in fear. Help me to remember that You have given me the blueprints to overcome fear so I am not subject to the illusion of it. Those areas in my life where it is hard to see beyond the fear, help me to trust You more.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
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CHARLES E. MALDON, JR.
Charles E. Maldon Jr., is an ordained reverend, speaker, writer and mentor. However, the title he is most proud of is a servant of Christ.
Charles is a devotion/article writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of marriage, with the goal of helping men improve their marriages.
Charles’s mission in life is to encourage others to know their true value by developing an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. As the Lord continues to mold him, Charles uses his colorful life experiences, both “good and bad”, as real-life ministry tools. He believes there are treasures to be found in every trial—perspective is everything.
The crux of his writing is to bring others to freedom through authentic transparency. In addition to his writing, Charles is the founder/administrator of Break-Thru Ministries, a men’s ministry which focuses on helping the family, especially men, to become all that Christ created them to be. He enjoys helping men to fulfill their calling in life, relationships, and manhood.
He is currently in the process of revising his book, In the Beginning: Godliness through Marriage. He is a member of the Maryland Writer’s Association and Word Weavers. He also blogs on his ministry page, Break-Thru Ministries blog, where his hope is to touch someone with the love of Jesus.
Charles is the proud father of two boys and resides in North Carolina with his lovely wife Lekeisha. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, traveling and spending time with his family.
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