Overcoming Fear

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT)
This summer, while on vacation with the family, we came upon a rock climbing wall where we were staying. I had never been on a rock climbing wall, but my kids were super excited to try it out. My son’s attempt at going up the wall the first time was not that successful, so to encourage him I said I would give it a shot. They put a helmet on me and strapped me up in a harness, who’s job was to hold me up in the event that I fell. As I began to make my ascent up the wall, I realized something. I’m not that fond of heights! The wall was maybe 50ft. in the air at best, but it felt more like 200ft. As I was putting one hand over the other, I kept telling myself, “I’ve got to do this, because my son is watching me.” Not to mention, the 60 year old woman in front of me in the line completed the climb without a problem. The one thing that pushed me to finish the climb and eased my fears was the fact that I remembered I had a harness on, which meant it was impossible for me to fall.
So many people today are missing out on God’s abundant joy, peace and victory because they keep giving in to a spirit of fear. So many people today are living with less than God’s best because they’ve allowed fear to creep in and take root in their lives. They are afraid to make a decision, they are afraid to confront issues, they’re afraid to step out in faith, they’re afraid of the past, and they’re afraid of the future! But as believers, we don’t have to live that way.
Always remember, fear is not from God. Fear is the greatest weapon the enemy uses to try to hold us back. Scripture tells us that fear brings torment. It’s designed to paralyze us and keep us from moving forward in our purpose. And it’s not always a fear of what might go wrong, sometimes it’s a fear of what just might go right.
Here’s some good news; God is greater than fear. His power in you is greater than any power that comes against you. But in order to walk in His power, you have to close the door on the fear that’s causing you to stand still. You have to make a decision to deal aggressively with fear. You can’t be passive and expect to live in victory. The only way to conquer fear is to strap on your helmet & confront it head-on. His Word is truth which sets you free!
If you’ve allowed fear to steal from you in any area of your life, today is your day to get free! The next time you feel fear, declare today’s verse in 2 Timothy 1:7. Tell fear it has to go and walk in freedom. Meditate on His word and speak His promises. Focus on Him, find freedom and move boldly into the blessing He has prepared for you! When you do, you’ll be surprised how high you can climb.