Fear can be overcome. Even very fearful Christians can become brave. In my own experience of overcoming fear, I've found wisdom which I hope, dear reader, will help you to find victory in your walk with God.
The Effect of Fear on the Believer
God wants his children to do his will. However, fear can interfere with our trust in God; Men can act in disobedience, and even go completely astray because of fear. They can doubt whether they should trust God's leading. They wonder, for example, "Will God protect me in witnessing?" or, "Is he really leading me to tell this person about Jesus?" or, "Does he really want me to call my estranged sister?"
When God speaks clearly to a man, saying "Do this." or, "Go there." or, "Stop doing that." in that moment, it is certain that God has spoken. Yet, along comes fear. The man asks, "What will happen?" Doubt then follows. He wonders, "Did he really tell me to do that?" So, the man stumbles; he leaves the work unperformed, losing the narrow way. As his stumbling continues, his fear settles in, and a pattern of fruitlessness emerges in the man's life.
Hebrews 10:36-39 "For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul."
My Own Experience in Defeating Fear
I had this same experience early in my Christian walk; for nine years I was in fear, fruitless, and running from God. But, I battled my fear and overcame it totally. I returned to God, and found the narrow way.
Today, I've witnessed to thousands of people; I've served God unceasingly for more than five years, in complete victory over all of the power of the enemy. I write this to evidence to you, dear reader, that the cycle of fear and doubt can be broken.
2 Timothy 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
You can totally defeat your fear. By trusting in God and doing his will, you'll grow increasingly sure of your footing along the narrow way. Your works along the way will bear good fruit for all men. You'll live rejoicing in the satisfaction of truly serving God.
I'll show you how I overcame my fear; hopefully, my method will work for you, too.
Romans 8:14 "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God."
Isaiah 40:31 "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
John 15:14-16 "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."
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