We all experience fear at some point in our lives. And it is easy to let it invade our minds, grip our hearts, plague our thoughts and paralyse our actions. There sure is a high cost to fear.
During WWII in Australia, fear of a war time foreign invasion inspired the building of coastal defence batteries like this one here on Bribie Island. These structures gave people reassurance during that time of fear and uncertainty.
But today fear is still consuming our society. Beyond Blue, an Australian mental health and well-being support organisation, reports that 1in 4 people deal with crippling fear, worry and anxiety.
Fear is a universal problem. It robs you of your hopes, takes away your happiness, destroys your peace, and cripples your future. Psychologists have identified hundreds of different known fears that we can have.
Some of the main ones are fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of illness, fear of financial insecurity, fear of the unknown, fear of embarrassment, fear of not measuring up to our own or another’s expectations, and fear that you are not fitting into your group.
It’s fear that disconnects human beings. When we’re full of fear and anxiety, we struggle to establish good relationships. In fact, we’re afraid of being rejected, manipulated, vulnerable, hurt, or used. All of these fears cause us to stay disconnected in everyday life.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, don’t panic, there’s good news. When fear and anxiety begin to plague our every thought and cripple us, remember, we are not alone, there is one relationship that can make a real difference. It is a relationship with God. He created us and loves us. We are valuable to Him and He wants us to enjoy a fulfilling and happy life.
When we are tossed around by the storms of life, God offers us a place of refuge and peace. When we feel rejection and think that our lives have no purpose, He promises hope and strength to those who turn to Him. Here is one of God’s many promises found in the Bible.
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and I will surely help you”. (Isaiah 41:10)
Remember, you aren’t the only one to face fear. Everyone has fears. But the problem isn’t that you’re afraid. It’s what you do with the fear that really matters. Jesus doesn’t want you to live in a state of fear. You have God on your side! Listen to this:
“What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” (Romans 8:31 NLT).
Fear makes us defensive, distant, demanding, and hollow inside. But a belief in God gives us hope, reassurance, purpose and meaning.
Here are two simple ways to work with your fear.
i. First, Remind yourself every day that God is with you. The Bible says that God is love and that, ‘There is no fear in love.’ I John 4:18. Love casts out all fear.”
ii. Second, Fear is always worse than the reality. The fear of failure is worse than failure. The fear of rejection is worse than rejection. The fear of embarrassment is worse than embarrassment. Fear causes us to hide our true selves.
Let’s not make fear, anxiety and worry an option in our lives. There’s a better way. If you would like to find help in your battle with fear and anxiety and let God lead you into a worry-free world, then I’d like to recommend the free Bible Reading Guide that we have for you today. It’s entitled: God’s Plan For My Life. Just go to our website, tij.tv, to request your free Bible Reading Guide now.