What is Fear?
Fear is a human emotion that is very difficult to control in its own way per person and scenario.
Everyone has a fear of something, some of us fear physical things while others fear things that cannot be seen or physically touched. This article will not as much tell one how to overcome every specific fear, but to overcome the obstacle of fear. This method can be applied to just about any application of fear, that is if you are not fearful to try of course.
What Does the Bible Say About Fear?
Before we go into the application of how to handle fear, let us first recognize what the bible says about it. As a note we will not be talking about the "reverence" type of fear in this hub. The greatest understanding of fear that has been an inspiration to my life has been the following scripture at the words of Jesus:
New International Version (NIV)
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Fear is Worry!
Simply, fear is worry, worrying is fearing. So if you are fearful of something, you will quickly find that you are worried that you cannot pass this fear, or conquer it. The only weapon fear has is to trick you into making you believe you cannot overcome its smoke and mirrors. In a way, fear creates a negative faith of a sort, getting one to believe they cannot achieve, therefore, one's faith keeps them bound in worry. Thus, never becoming a conquer of fear.
Jesus more than understood that if you worry, it will not add one more day to one's life, and if anything take away the days. I suppose you could say fear and worry are identical inseparable twins. Where one is, so is the other.
Story Time: When I was a Boy
When I was a boy, maybe 5-6 years old (1986-1987,) remembering a summer time, I felt it was time to learn how to ride my Knight Rider 2000 bike without training wheels. As I recall the excitement and nervousness of wanting to take on such a "scary" thing, I first asked my parents if they would remove them. Sadly, I was told that I wasn't ready yet and it would be too dangerous. Needless to say, I didn't like the answer, however instead of crying or throwing myself into a temper tantrum, I simply accepted and moved onto "plan b," [Mission Impossible Music.] Since it was summer and the usual thing for adults to do was to sit outside talking on the front porch of this little side street in Hagerstown, MD (Spruce Street,) I took advantage of me being unnoticed for a while. Remembering my dad's toolbox was in the basement, I had the opportunity to get my seemingly heavy bike down the steps and fix this little problem of mine.
After arriving in the basement, I stood in front of this apparently tall, given my height, tool chest. I was thinking the whole time, will I get away with this? So, opening the chest, I started to look for pieces (sockets) that fit the things (nuts) on my bike that kept the training wheels attached. Finally found one and then quickly learned how to use a ratchet. Off the training wheel assemblies came. For a moment I was so proud, but then the journey taking the bike back upstairs, getting back outside, and then taking off for the first time without being stopped would be the next conquering quest.
While doing this all so quietly as possible, i did manage to get the bike up the basement steps and outside to the side of the house. For the fun part, getting past the porch with everyone on it still talking. So I did what any boy would do, I ran like mad past them with the bike, got about 30 feet away and just hopped on the bike and started to figure this thing called balance out. At this time, my mom, shouted out in a nervous voice, "Ryan, what are you doing!?) I yelled back, riding my bike... without the training wheels as I laughed nervously!
That day I learned with no assistance how to ride a bike based on sheer internal knowing, that somehow this will happen. I have no idea what may have went though my parents heads that day as they realized the training wheels were missing off their kid's bike. I just know that sometimes, action has to be taken even against logical processes.
So How is Fear Conquered?
Love and faith is the answer to conquering fears in life. See the scriptures below.
1 John 4:18
New International Version (NIV)
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
New International Version (NIV)
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
2 Timothy 1:7
King James Version (KJV)
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
As it is written above in the three supporting scriptures, it takes love, to drive out fear, and it takes faith (power and sound mind) in action to move forward.
Love + Faith = Overcomer!
Like in the story of wanting to ride a bike without training wheels, it took the love, the desire of wanting to ride that bike to enact the faith of just doing it against all odds of success to put into action the idea of a very young child finding the tools to make it so.
In conclusion, if you wish to overcome fear, you must face the odds, and just walk through it. If you fail, keep trying until failure turns to success. I wasn't able to do wheelies that day after removing my training wheels, nor did I keep balance like a pro, but I did tell fear and the nay sayers to stay behind me as I peddled along. God bless and pray you become an overcomer, may love guide you and faith move you in your walk with Jesus.
© 2017 Ryan Hutzel