How To Overcome Fear – Podcast for Hope Stream Radio
Today on Hope Stream Radio I am talking about how to overcome fear. Fear used to be the way I lived. I became tense and irrational. Listen to what I learned.
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How to Overcome Fear on Hope Stream Radio.
There are many things that have changed in my life since that pivotal moment in 2001. On an October day that year I accepted Jesus as my Saviour and promised to follow Him.
One of the first scriptures I memorized was Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I chose that Scripture because my life had been filled with fears – big ones and little ones. When I didn’t know Jesus I tried to control everything, my husband, my kids and my friends. That desire to control is still there but the Holy Spirit reminds me when I step over that line.
Losing control – or actually giving up control to Jesus is not easy. To give control to Him I had to learn to trust Him.
I learned trust by intentionally focusing my life on learning more about Him, through prayer and studying my Bible. I made Jesus my top priority.
Fear can strangle us.
Our passion, desires and dreams can be locked in a prison when we fear. (tweet this)
My fears held me back from living a full life.
When I committed this scripture to memory it started to be a part of me. I could say:
Don’t be anxious about anything.
I watched as Jesus torn down the walls of my fear and my hesitancy to try new things. As I wrote in my journal I learned more about me and my relationship with our God.
When I hit a roadblock, I prayed through it. I didn’t panic. I prayed.
I started to watch God in action. I saw Him open doors to a new life for me. I got excited. I felt a passion.
When I used to worry, my stress level soared. It made my sick – physically.
I heard someone say:
The best worriers become the best pray-ers. (tweet this)
I guess that’s me. I turned worry into prayer. Not only was there less stress , there was actually great peace, an inner peace.
Yes – a calmness overcame my rigid hyperness. I remembered to breathe in Christ when I face trials. I prayer. He answered.
There are so many passages that helped me overcome my fear.
The one I love the best is from 2 Timothy 1:7:
For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.
I learned it that way from the New English Translation.
Doesn’t that tell us everything we need to know. When we give our lives to Jesus – we become filled with His power and His love. And self-control, or discipline – what a fantastic byproduct.
The Message for today’s passage from Philippians says:
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
How is your life? It is filled with worry? Learn how to overcome fear. (tweet this)
Breathe in Christ.
Genesis 2:7 says:
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
Jesus came to give us back that breath of life. This is the way we can overcome fear. (tweet this)
Breathe in Christ and live.
May I pray for you and me?
Father God, You gave us life. You breathed into us. Fill us up with Christ. Breathe life back into our lives so we can live in freedom, freedom from fear and worry. Help us to be alive with Christ. Help us to learn this. We know it make take time, but guide each of us in our walk with You. May the God of peace guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. In Your name, Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Until next time, look carefully at your life. Is there a concern or worry that you need to give to Jesus? Memorize Philippians 4:6-7 and may it help you as it helped me leap over my fears.