Deliverance From Fears
Unbelief puts our circumstance between us and God, but faith puts God between us and our circumstances.
We live in a world where many people allow themselves to be limited by their fears of hurt, disappointment or criticism.
Many people restrict their movements because they are afraid of sudden disasters that will affect their physical safety, their emotional well-
Let us look at several Biblical guidelines in overcoming our fears so we can experience victory over all feelings of inhibition.
David teaches us that by extolling the Lord at all times, with our praise of His attributes, we are lifted up above our fears. The Psalmist writes, "I will extol the Lord at all times, his praise will always be on my lips." Praise helps us gain a new perspective. Praise of God’s Lordship over all aspects of life help us see that He is sovereign and His omnipotence is greater than any problem. When we are focused on Jesus as the one who overcomes the world, we are given increased sense of His empowerment, enabling, and courage. Jesus said, "BE of good cheer, for I have overcome the world." Praise God for His resurrection power that give you the power, love and self-
Sometimes the Lord calms the storm. Sometimes he lets the storm rage and calms his child.
David sought the Lord for a solution for all of his troubles and found deliverance from all of his fears. The Psalmist wrote, "I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all of my fears." (Psa 34:4) Allow the Lord to deliver you from your fears by seeking Him as the solution for your cares. Whenever we feel afraid we can trust Him to provide whatever we need. He makes us adequate with His adequacy. He provides us with courage when we are feeling timid. He gives us the confidence to speak with articulative wisdom when we are unsure of what to say. He helps us face our obstacles with the assurance that we can do everything God asks us to do with the help of Christ who gives us the strength and power. (Phil. 4:13)
Do not try to deliver yourself with your own power, intelligence or personality. The arm of flesh will always fail. Paul wrote, "I did not come to you with superiority of speech, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power so your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God." Those who try to deny feelings of fear keep themselves out of touch with the experience of having to depend upon the Lord for all things. Only when we are willing to admit that fear drives us to greater dependence on the Lord are we able to see the advantages that feelings of fear create. God told Isaiah, "Fear not for I am with you. Be not dismayed for I am your God.
I will strengthen you.
I will help you.
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (Isa 40:31)
When we feel ourselves getting weak it is the time to ask the Lord’s Spirit to replace our feelings of fear with His power, love and self-
One summer night during a severe thunderstorm a mother was tucking her small son into bed. She was about to turn the light off when he asked in a trembling voice, "Mommy, will you stay with me all night?" Smiling, the mother gave him a warm, reassuring hug and said tenderly, "I can’t dear. I have to sleep in Daddy’s room." A long silence followed. At last it was broken by a shaky voice saying, "The big sissy!"
When we are feeling afraid it is time to realize that we should confess our sins of self-
Perhaps you have let down your guard.
Fearful times are allowed to come in to our life to make us more compassionate, sensitive and caring for those who have similar needs so we can more effectively encourage them in the Lord from what we have learned through our experiences. Paul wrote, "He comforts us in all our afflictions so that we are able to comfort those who are afflicted with the comfort we receive from God." (2 Cor. 1:3,4)
Psalms 32:3 says "When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long". There is nothing that so takes the joy out of life like unconfessed sin on the conscience. Do not be afraid of being vulnerable as the Lord wants to deliver you when you are sticking your neck out for him.
It is true that the turtle never makes any progress until he sticks out his neck, so it is for those of us who have a tendency to want to feel safe all the time. David wrote, "The Lord is my light and my deliverer. Whom then shall I fear. The Lord is the strength of my life from whom then shall I be afraid." (Psa. 27:1-
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." (I Pet. 3:14-
David wrote, "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for You are with me." (Psa 23:4-
"There is no fear in love.
But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." (I John 4:18) says that if you are afraid of the dark valley experiences remember that God’s love can carry through whatever problems you are experiencing. God in His loving way finds a way when there seems to be no way. He alones shows us how to resolve all conflicts. He helps us focus on his immeasurable love and then allows us to love others through us. Allow His love to quiet your fears and give you greater confidence!
You may be particularly conditioned to take threats, criticisms or frightening situations personally, but learn to objectively offer up all fears to the Lord. Ask the Lord to help you become bigger than any problem you will face. Develop a thick skin to the fiery darts from the evil one as you take up the shield of faith. (Eph. 6:14-
He is able to work all things together for good.
He wants to show you how greatly He loves you and will work in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. His grace is always sufficient for whatever weakness, fear or feeling of deficiency you have. God spoke to Paul saying, "MY grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in your weakness. Most gladly therefore, I will boast of my weakness (feelings of fear) for when I am weak, then I am strong, the less I have the more I depend on you." (2 Cor. 12:9-
God may not remove the afflictions in your life but He will provide you with sufficient grace so as to demonstrate His power through you. Allow God’s power to be displayed through weaknesses as this will encourage the hearts of others to trust Him too. Rework your perceptions of ideal circumstances. Things do not have to always be perfectly safe, secure and stable before the Lord’s will is accomplished.
Learn that there are many cycles in life.
There is a time for tears and there is a time for rejoicing. Many times the Lord allows conditions to get worse so He can make us better. Some of us magnify scary situations way out of proportion.
Resist the temptation to over react!
Rethink our hardships in the light of the difficulties Jesus faced and know that we can endure whatever fearful circumstances with His strength, love and courage.
The Spirit lives to make intercession for us.
The Spirit is our comforter who empowers, enable and imbues us with His confidence to accomplish everything in His perfect will. Reckon yourself dead to feelings of selfish desire to control every situation. Many people grow angry when they feel afraid because they are afraid something is going to be taken away from them. James wrote, "What is the source of troubles among you? Is it not your own desires that wage war in your members? You fight and quarrel because you do not have what you want." (James 4:1-
Confess your sins and turn the controls of all your emotions, situations and moments over to the Lord. Let His Spirit fill you with His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-
Process some of the fearful feelings you have knowing that it will not kill you but can make you more like Christ. We can choose to be better or bitter from every experience. Fear and feelings of uncertainty are a part of life. James wrote, "WHEN you encounter various trials..." (James 1:2-