There are many examples in the bible of people who were afraid by what they saw. Peter became afraid when he saw the winds and the waves in the story of Jesus walking on the water in Mathew 14:25-31. And the disciples were afraid of the storm in Mark 4:36-41.They were afraid because of the outward circumstances. The waves were big and the wind was blowing and the boat was filling with water. It didn’t look good for them. When they woke Jesus up, he said to the sea “Peace be still!” and the wind ceased and there was a great calm. In verse 40 he asked them why they were fearful and why didn’t they have any faith.
God tells us to walk by faith and not by sight, because when we walk by sight, we can lose our heart. We can lose our faith and doubt and unbelief can set in. Doubt and unbelief rob us of the blessing that God has for us. Many times people can believe for a miracle or a change in their life only to give up too soon or to get into fear and unbelief before they get everything they are believing for. I don’t want you to give up and I don’t want you to get into unbelief. When you don’t believe in what God has promised you or you did believe, but then start focusing on your circumstances fear sets in.
This blog is about renewing your mind. When you renew your mind with the word of God, you begin to understand that God is for you. He wants the best for your life and he’s not the one causing you all the trouble. If fear sets in, the enemy can take you for everything you have. Sometimes when I have battled fear in the past, I have thought of Job. Job became afraid for what his kids could be doing, so he gave an extra offering to cover the sins they could be doing. He was afraid to lose his kids. In one day, his worse fears came knocking on his door and he lost everything. God eventually restored everything Job lost and gave him more, but what he was afraid of came to pass.
Don’t be afraid. If you’re afraid of something now, there is still hope. You can renew your mind and change the direction of the course of your life. You can grow your faith enough to overcome the fear you are facing. Here are some steps you can take.
- Read the bible to discover what God’s promises for your life
- Quote God’s promises over your life daily.
- Get your eyes off your circumstances and get them on Jesus.
- Speak to your circumstances and tell them what God said.
Here is an example you can use.
If you are afraid of something, here are some of God’s promises regarding fear and unbelief
1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you [collectively] are Christ’s body, and individually [you are] members of it [each with his own special purpose and function]. Amp.
Roman’s 12:21 Do not be overcome and conquered by evil, but overcome evil with good .Amp.
1 John 4:4 Little children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind]. Amp.
Psalms 23:4 Even though I walk through the [sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me. Amp.
Isaiah 54:14 You will be firmly established in righteousness: You will be far from [even the thought of] oppression, for you will not fear, And from terror, for it will not come near you.
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against you will succeed; and every tongue that raises against you in judgment you will condemn. This [peace, righteousness, security, and triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from Me,” says the Lord. Amp.
Psalms 1:3 And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season; Its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers [and comes to maturity]. Amp
Galatians 1:4 Who gave Himself [as a sacrifice to atone] for our sins [to save and sanctify us] so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, in accordance with the will and purpose and plan of our God and Father. Amp.
Psalms 91:10, 11 No evil will befall you, nor will any plague come near your tent. For He will command His angels in regard to you, to protect and defend and guard you in all your ways [of obedience and service]. Amp.
Proverbs 12:28 In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death [but immortality—eternal life]. Amp.
These are just a few of his promises regarding fear and unbelief. When faced with circumstances that don’t look good, focus on God, on Jesus Christ and what he has done for your life.
Speak to your circumstances.