Overcoming the giant of fear – Part 4
The giant called fear has enslaved many people in life. The fear of constant disappointments or of past toxic relationships has hindered many people from going into relationships. The spirit of fear keeps one from trying and if you don’t try, you can’t possibly succeed either as a superman or intelligentsia. Fear does not go away easily, you have to deal with it before it gets worse. That is why it must be confronted and conquered. When you are delivered from the spirit of fear, it means the devil has been defeated and you can access your blessings. The first way to deal with fear is to identify your fear triggers. That tells you what is responsible for your fears and then you can deal with it.
Secondly, you need to build your faith in God. 1 John 5:4 tells us that our faith is a fear killer. “Faith is inversely proportional to fear. The more fearful you are, the less faith you will have, and the more faith you have the less fearful you will become.” Learn to trust in God and believe what His word says about your situation. A young man was caught along side other victims in a kidnappers’ camp. Right there, he witnessed to the slaughter of the victims for ritual purpose and it was fast getting to his turn. He said, he had so much confidence in his spirit as he kept quoting the word of God that says he shall not die. When it was his turn to be killed, none of the devil’s evil devices worked and in fear and disappointment, the slaughters restored all that was taken from him before letting him go.
Understand that the operational base of faith is in your spirit man and the word of God. You need faith as a shield to overcoming fear and every fiery darts of the enemy.
Another thing to do is surrender your fears to God, especially in the place of prayers and thanksgiving. Fear is a yoke, Matthew 11:28-30 says, “hand it over to Christ and He will give you rest.” Avoid worrying and anxiety, Phil. 4:6.
Some years ago when I was diagnosed of cancer, I discovered that fear took a better part of me than the cancer did. I started singing praises and songs of thanksgiving to God and I was not only delivered from the fear, but was miraculously healed. Rise in faith and confront your fears, don’t run away from it. Every successful man had some level of fear at a point, but he had to dominate it. God has placed you in charge. Psalm 110:1-2. “Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the ability to dominate fear.”
Again, stand on the promises of God in His Word. Whatever He says, He will do like He did for Joshua in Josh. 8:1. You can do all things through Christ that strengthens you, Phil. 4:13. Stop speaking fearful words. Fear will control your life, but if you speak God’s word, faith will control your life. Know that every word you speak is a seed and after a while you will get the fruit, Prov. 18:21. Learn to make positive confessions.
Also, understand that perfect love cast away fear. The more you love God, the less your fear. Fear and love cannot coexist, 1 John 4:18-19. The perfect cure for fear is the spirit of power, love and a sound mind. Finally, avoid negative people and discard negative information. Delete negative memories and rewrite your memory with good and positive things. If you stay with people that are fearful you will be negatively affected.
When the doctor told me that I had cancer, I restricted the information to survivors of such cases, people who will encourage and join me to pray. I refused to feed my mind with the number of persons who have died by it. The beauty of a ship is seen when afloat in the sea, but the moment it allows the water to enter into it, it begins to sink because the sea is also its worse enemy. Never allow fear to dominate you in the midst of life’s multiple challenges. Stay afloat and stay in charge.
• Rev. John Okene, Divine Touch Int’l Ministries, Warri, Delta State. email@example.com. Prayer line: +2348135952623