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Overcoming Fear

By Josanne Anthony, SAVED News Correspondent

In recent months, the entire planet has faced times of uncertainty with a pandemic sweeping across the oceans and invading nearly every land. Many of us have been taken captive by this illness, whether directly or indirectly, affecting our workplaces, schools, and nearly every other area of our lives.
It’s the talk of the town, in every town, in every state, in every country. It has become something we cannot escape. The fight against this invisible monster is happening in lives all around the world.
While our guard is up and we’re taking measures to fend off this enemy until it disappears, there is a greater enemy that is plaguing the world, and it isn’t going to disappear on its own.

Who Is The Enemy?

Who is this enemy, and how do we fight against it? This enemy is fear. It’s been taking our hearts captive for thousands of years and has no plans of exiting the scene anytime soon. However, that doesn’t mean that God won’t help us to be the victor over fear. God hasn’t left us to fend for ourselves without His help.
It’s important to remember that we aren’t the first ones who have ever struggled to overcome fear. Time and time again we read in the Word to fear not. It’s encouraging to know that we haven’t failed because we have encountered fear and need help in overcoming, just the same as others in history.
There are things we can do to in the natural and spiritually to help us in this tiring battle.
In the natural, we must limit our intake of the news, which basically means limiting social media as well. The media feeds on our fears, and our souls don’t need this. This is not to say that we need to be ignorant of what is happening around us, but we must not feed on it, to where in return, it devours us. Other areas we need to remove negativity are in our music, our friendships, the books we read, such as thrillers, and any other areas that thrive on fear.
Spiritually, the closer we draw to our Savior, the more of His peace we will have in our lives. Peace is a fruit of the Spirit.

Scriptures

Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Friends, we must put our trust in the Lord for every situation.
John 14:27 tells us, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

How to Overcome

First and foremost, we need to fill our hearts and minds with the Word and the assurance it gives to those who belong to God. Trust is not easy when we cannot see, but when we face fear, learning to trust will help us to overcome.
The Lord has given us spiritual brothers and sisters to encourage us and help us on this journey. Filling our hearts with more of His Word, more positive news and events, uplifting gospel music, and conversations to remind us He is always with us will also play a part in helping us to be overcomers. Relying on Him first and doing our part in the equation will begin our journey of overcoming. As we journey forward, let us remember Philippians 1:6, which encourages us, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”

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