OVERCOMING FEAR THROUGH PRAISE

In my last post, I talked about overcoming fear. I would like to continue along these lines today because as I mentioned, fear is the mother of all limitations. It can make you ineffective if it is not dealt with early and correctly.

Fear is a spiritual force, it is not something you see with your eyes but its effects are felt physically. In fact, the spirit of fear can dominate an entire generation or nation.

Since it is a spiritual force, it will need another spiritual force that is greater in its impact on the three main aspects of man (spirit, soul and body) to overcome it.

Praise to God is a force that can do just that. It is an antidote to fear. Psalm 149: 6-9 says

“May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence written against them— this is the glory of all his faithful people.”

What a powerful statement, praise is a weapon against fear, praise to God transfers the focus from your fears and puts them on God. Praise opens doors that dispels the odor of fear from a situation. In fact when we praise God in times of fear, we invite a higher power (God) to delve into our situation.

There is a familiar  story in the bible about a King who was faced a frightful situation. His name was Jehoshaphat and his story is recorded in 2 Chronicles 20. A vast army had gathered to destroy Judah his kingdom and the king being so afraid immediately went to seek God’s  counsel concerning the matter.

The answer from God was direct, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”[2 Chronicles 20:15).

God further commanded Jehoshaphat to deploy men to go ahead of the army singing praises to God as they approached their enemies. Can you imagine facing a mighty army with a choir matching ahead of the marines? It beats your imagination right?

The bible says that as they began to sing and praise God, God set ambushes against Jehoshaphat’s enemies. Without a single physical weapon raised, God destroyed the enemy.

Friends, God is in the business of rescuing us from our fears, in fact the bible says that He has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a disciplined mind. Don’t run away from your fears, approach them and as you   praise God, thank Him for delivering you and you will see your fears removed. God bless.

Decision for today: Lord I will continue to praise you in spite of the fears or issues that surround me.

Question for today: When last did you praise God?

OVERCOMING FEAR

One of the biggest hindrances to taking steps is fear. The fear of failure, rejection and loss are some reasons why we put a stop to advancing our careers,  businesses, relationships and even our spiritual walk with God. Fear is the mother of all limitations and if it is not dealt with, it can have adverse effects on our lives in general.

We all have fears and anxieties about things, it is part of nature,  however,  our response to our fears is what determines whether we move ahead in life or not.

The bible tells a story about Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus experienced tremendous amount of fear and anguish.

Matthew 26:36-39 says ” Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.””

Notice how Jesus dealt with His fear of going to the cross, first, He acknowledged His anguish and then confronted His fears. He did this through prayer.  Sometimes, it is ok to admit our fears but we must not stop there, we have to face it with prayers to God for help. Prayers take our eyes from our fears and focuses them on God who is able to deliver us from fears.  In Philippians 4:6, Paul tells us pray to God when we are afraid and allow His peace to reign in our lives (I paraphrase).

Secondly, Jesus relied on a support system in this period of anguish, He had His disciples with Him and reached out to them to join Him in prayer. Friends, you will not overcome your fears alone, you will need God and a strong support system to help you overcome your fears. Also, when you are afraid, that is not the time to isolate yourself, that is the time to surround yourself with good friends/mentors that can help you.

Finally, Jesus understood that God was able to assist Him so He committed His fate and will in God’s hands and just rested in the final outcome. If there is any consolation, bible scholars tells us that the word “Fear Not” appears 365 times in the bible, one for each day.

God is on your side and He will help you overcome your fears. We just have to see that the images conjured by our fears are not reality but there to intimidate us. Have faith instead of fear in positive images produced by God’s word we will find it easier to take steps. So fear not and take steps. God bless.

Decision for Today: Lord I cast my cares, fears and worries on you, for you are able to help me.

Question for Today: What are you afraid of?