Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. ~ John 14:27
The presence of fear is the single most dramatic influence on our daily lives. Fear is clever, like a chameleon, it adapts to the environment and changes to fit the conditions around it.
Fear is a relentless bully which demands a response each and every time it arrives on our doorstep. If we want to make progress in our faith, we need a plan to address fear when it shows up.
A few tips to build a strategy for handling fear:
- Ask God to reveal Himself in the situation, for vision to see how He is working in the middle of your hardship.
- Take a breather and look at every angle. Is the fear being driven by others or yourself? If others, create distance. If it's you, then confess it and be accountable.
- Change your stance toward the fear. Look for it's weaknesses instead of allowing it to weaken your confidence. Separate facts from fiction.
- Be a realist and be smart. Some fears have substantial influence and consequences - it may take time to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
- Pray. Pray. Pray for the fear itself and whatever/whomever seems to be generating the fear.