There is nothing unique about fear. You might think that nobody can relate to your specific fears in your individual circumstance, but that is not the truth. Fear is emotive. Unfortunately our own minds and thought patterns are powerful enough to worsen our fears and trap us into isolation, if we do not train our minds to think any differently.
No matter how much or little we allow fear to consume us, there is nothing unique about fear because fear is universal. It comes in all manner of shapes and sizes, but fear is fear. The acknowledgement of that gives me a huge sigh of relief. I am not alone.
The thing about fear is, it is only as powerful as we perceive it to be. Perception is everything! If you stop perceiving x as an impossible or scary task, then sure enough it will appear to be more achievable to you. Similarly, denial is also as detrimental as having a skewed perception when dealing with fear. I can be guilty of this also, but we must admit to the existence of fear as well as being specific about what exactly we’re fearful of. Denying our fears only enables them to be buried even more deeply into our subconscious mind.
My Pastor once said:
Faith is not denying fear.
And it’s so true! As a Christian, it can be easy for me to pretend that I am invincible and exempt from such life issues, but having faith does not mean that I should deny the existence of my fears. Just look at Moses in the Bible. I was recently reading Exodus and I am still amazed at Moses’ bravery. He repeatedly went to the Pharaoh (who was seen and worshipped as a King/god in his own right) and ordered him to release the Israelites from slavery. You can imagine how daunting that must have been. Moses was hardly Superman either, he was definitely scared and he wasn’t eloquent. On several occasions he even asked God to send someone else instead! Moses was scared yes, but ultimately he prioritised following God’s instructions over following his fear. That is the beauty of having faith, you don’t have to be “qualified” or an expert for God to call you to do something, even something as extraordinary as defying a Pharaoh. God will equip you, you just have to believe and be obedient.
“Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”” — Exodus 4:10-12 NIV
So faith is not denial. Faith is what should propel us from letting fear overtake and rule. Be honest with yourself and be honest with God about your fears. You’ll never be able to solve a problem that you refuse to admit exists, will you?
Something I’m really working on this year is realising my full potential and not allowing fear to stop me from becoming GREAT! We all have amazing talents that can bless people. Many of us are sleeping on these talents, sleeping on ourselves. But it’s 2017 – time to wake up. The key to overcoming fear and unlocking your potential lies within you and is greater than anything in this world (1 John 4:4).
God bless you!
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” — Psalm 56:3