COMBATING FEAR

 

The enemy can use fear to hold us down and keep us from living full and productive lives.  If you are battling fear, here are some steps that may help you find boldness and courage.

 

1:  Ask God to reveal any fears or feelings of inadequacy that are limiting you.

 

2:  Write down each thing the Lord tells reveals.

 

3:  Say a prayer over each one and ask God’s forgiveness for giving fear a place. 

 

Sample Prayer for Renouncing Fear

 

Dear Heavenly Father, You are greater than any of my fears.  Furthermore, you say that fear is the opposite of faith.  Please forgive me for giving ____________ a place in my life.  I know that fear is not of you and that you want to conquer my fears.  So, I lay this fear of ­_________________ at your feet.  I ask you to grow my faith and help me to trust you fully.  I pray that this fear will no longer hold me back.  I ask you to remove it in Jesus name.  If it comes to cripple me or hold me back again, show me how to resist.  Show me how to be bold and courageous for you.  I ask all of these things in Jesus name, amen.

 

4:  Examine each of the fears and ask God if there is some specific action that He desires for you

      to take.  For example, if you are afraid of relationships, God may have you call someone to

      meet for coffee. 

 

5:  Ask God to reveal each time the unwarranted fear threatens to come back.

 

6:  Claim the words, “Greater is he who is in me than he who is in the world.”

 

Joshua 1:9

I command you, be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or discouraged.  For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

 

2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.

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