Bloggers and everyone and their uncle write about how to get rid of fear—and anxiety—because we all know doubt and fear. Facebook regularly shares clever psychology and witty sayings.
Speaking in public is often portrayed as a common fear. For some reason, that one’s never bothered me so much. In college I took four years of public speaking classes accompanied by men’s speaking clubs. After graduation I participated in church Spokesman Clubs and Family Clubs for so many years I lost count. During that time I heard lots of solutions for combating fear, wrote them down, and put them to the test.
Throughout the Bible God has asked His servants to do fearful deeds. We can read what Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel did as prophet-able watchmen. Crucifixion victims were treated shamefully, and Jesus willingly endured that for each of us.
“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear …” (Heb. 11:7). Hey, What’s fear doing in the faith chapter?
Whatever God asks of us, we must do despite fear
Who knows what challenging tasks God is going to ask of us in the days ahead that the Bible says will be the worst that has ever happened on earth? (Matt. 24:21, Jer. 30:7).
God didn’t accept excuses from Moses and He won’t from us.
So what’s the solution to fear? Clever sayings like: instead of “Flee Everything And Run,” “Face Everything And Rise”? Ask yourself, “What’s the worst thing that can happen?” and realize that odds are 90% it won’t? Massage pressure points a certain way to rub fear away? Breathe … just breathe. If these help, help yourself.
But here’s the plain Bible solution:
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear … he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).
Ask God for His Holy Spirit of love (Gal. 5:22). God is love and He fears no one and nothing. This agage love is a gift of God—not something you work up—and it’s unselfish and outgoing.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7). God is desirous of giving it to His children more than any human father would (Luke 11:13).