This is the final post in this series of Fear of Fear. This article is very important because you find exactly what you need to do to become an overcomer of fear.
Remember, now, we have been discussing two people who had problems with fear and anxiety to the point that it was controlling their lives.
First, Paul, was afraid to cross bridges. Then, Kim, who was afraid of cars. We looked at some things they both needed to understand in order to conquer their fears. You can go back and read the articles leading up to this one which explains each of the topics below.
1. His fear was real.
2. His fear was wrong and sinful.
3. His fear was not of bridges; it was a fear that had become associated with bridges.
4. Paul’s real fear was of the experiences. (The cause of fear)
5. Here is the key to becoming an overcomer.
6. There is not some mysterious thing going on.
7. The devil made me do it!
8. Normal anxiety is good.
The final point is:
11. Take Action
Even if a person reads and understands all of the above points, it does not mean they will necessarily be an overcomer of the fear they face. You see understanding isn’t enough. You must take action!
In Paul’s case he had suffered a lot of sleep loss and he discovered its effects were behind his fears. He saw how he falsely associated crossing bridges with how he felt. He then prayerfully crossed a bridge. He was anxious but did not panic. He did this over and over until his problem was solved. He was able to get on with his life again.
Kim also faced her fear head on with the knowledge that the Lord would help her, and it wasn’t the car she was fearful of but her own feelings or symptoms. She too has been victorious.
The point is that even though knowledge about how our bodies work, what is really going on in our minds, and our relationship to God, is not enough to make us well. We still have to get out there and DO something. Take action is our motto!
I know many of you are still plagued with panic attacks. You have tried everything. You’ve read every book available on the subject. You have listened to tapes and bought self-help programs, but you are still not well.
You need to be informed, and you also must trust in God. You need to make sure you are in a right standing with God so that He will answer your prayers. If you have any known sin in your life you need to confess it, repent of it, (and that means a real change) and then believe the promises God has given you in the Word. Stay in the Word, study it, pray and keep close to God. You faith is your greatest weapon against fear.
I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (KJV)
Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (KJV)
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (KJV)
Take these actions and then face your fear. Armed with the full armor of God your fear will be defeated. But, you need to get out there and do something! Sitting there will not do it.
For some of you this means to get out of your bedroom for a day. Or, take a shower. It may mean actually going out of the house to take a short walk. It may mean going to the store by yourself; drive the car again; take the kids to school; walk the dog; feed the birds. It could be that you need to find a job again. Whatever it is, do it. Don’t make your goal too hard at first, but push yourself ahead a little bit at a time. God will not let you down. Lean on Him!
I understand we are all at different places in our lives after being plagued by fear. If you have read all of this series of articles, then it is time for you to judge what your own personal goal should be. Please, I beg of you, make a goal and go for it. You will never get better and get your life back unless you take action!
II Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (NIV)
Feel free to comment below and let me know what your new goal is. Also, come back and share your victories. It will be a tremendous help to others.