Updated: Jun 13, 2019
2 Timothy 1:7 King James Version "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
Most people don’t like to discuss fear or even admit they struggle with fear. People deal with fear in almost every area of their lives. Unfortunately, many will never come to terms with feelings of fear to overcome it. Thinking back, I can now identify the spirit of fear even when I was a child. Because of my childhood, I feared so many things, including being homeless, failing grades at school, being sexually assaulted again, being taken away from my mother and of losing my mother to an early death. In my teenage and adult years my level of fear was different than it was when I was as a child. As a young adult and woman, I faced the fear of being rejected by my peers and boys. I was fearful of not being taken to the prom, being too skinny, not being successful, and of never getting married or having children. Can you relate to any of this?
The dictionary defines fear as “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.” Fear can cause some people to do things they otherwise would not do. Fear can be debilitating, paralyzing and life-threatening to a person if it is not properly understood and appropriately addressed. Fear can cause anxiety and can lead to minor and major health issues.
In our brief conversation on fear, I will expound on a few of my own personal bouts with fear, including identifying when fear is present and how to not only combat fear, but to overcome fear. Before we proceed, let me be clear, I am not an expert on the matter of fear. I am only sharing my experiences with fear as a testament, and for the sole purpose of encouraging you that overcoming fear is possible. I will also share tools, resources and prayers that have helped me to overcome fear in my life, of which I am happy to assert I AM LIBERATED.
Fear of People’s Opinions
The first experience I will share is being fearful of what other people thought about me. This held me hostage for a long time. Being concerned with what other people thought about me kept me from pursuing many things in my life. The decision to pursue a desire, an opportunity or even a dream I had depended solely on my “perceived” perceptions of how others would feel about my decision and subsequent actions. One of the problems I had in being fearful of people’s thoughts about me was the fact I was in denial about even being afraid. I didn’t want to admit I was concerned about what people thought.
To make this admission translated in my mind as me being weak, no longer a strong woman. I could not bring myself to admit I was weak! I mean I had to protect myself, right? In other words, I had to put up a facade to prevent people from knowing my hidden truth. This is such a sad state of mind and spirit to be in. It grieves me to know there are so many people enslaved to the fear of other people’s opinions and this is due greatly to their denial of it. To be in denial about things you may be dealing with is one of the biggest forms of deception. That’s why the word says in John 8:32 KJV “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” It’s time to break out and be made free!
Has God called you? Yes, He has. The Word says in 1 Peter 2:9-10 KJV “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
Does He have a purpose for your life? Yes, He does according to 2 Timothy 1:9 KJV, which says “ Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began..." If you believe God has called you? If you believe in His predestined purpose for your life, allow yourself to be liberated by the truth? If you are facing fear of what people think about you admit it so you can be liberated from the bondage of people. It’s not people who have called you, but God. It’s not people who have predestined you with a purpose, but God. So, make the decision today to break out from under people and choose to soar with God!
Heavenly Father, I come before you today and I ask you to help me to find comfort and confidence in who you called me to be. I pray I no longer be enslaved to needing or desiring the validation of man, but rather seeking to be obedient and pleasing to you. I pray you would deliver me from all feelings of being unworthy and inadequate that I may walk in the truth of who I was created to be. I ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.