Have you ever been attacked by a sudden fear, where all manner of negative thoughts are flooding your mind and you feel the worst is about to happen? Fear attack is common but how you respond to it determines how long it will linger in your mind and the extent of its effect on you. And for you to respond positively, you need to understand how to overcome fear.
One thing you must assure yourself, to be able to overcome fears, is that fear is not of God. God cannot give you what He doesn't have. 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us that God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Fear is of the devil and is the opposite of faith. When faith comes in, fear disappears.
Another thing you must assure yourself is that you can overcome any sudden fear. Fear no more has any power over you except the one you give it. Romans 8:15 (KJV) says, "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear..." Also Proverbs 3:25 (AMP) says, "BE not afraid of sudden terror..." As a child of God, you have the power to overcome fear.
Now, how do you overcome sudden fear attack?
Apply the break to your thoughts.
First thing you need to do is to consciously stop the fearful thoughts from flooding through your mind. Say NO to the devil and refuse to think on those negative thoughts. 2 Corinthians 10:5 encourages us to cast down imaginations, and everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Take refuge under God's love
You need to assure yourself that God loves you and will not allow any evil to come on you as His child. God said He will never leave you nor forsake you - Hebrews 13:5. When you remember that God is with you, the peace of God will come on you. As a father loves his children so God loves and takes care of us.
Focus on God
Just like Moses had to focus on the burning bush before He heard God's voice (Exodus 3:4), so also you need to focus on God before you can receive instructions on how to overcome the sudden fear attack. When your mind is now on God, the Holy Spirit will start flooding your mind with the relevant scriptures to stand on. Remember Jesus used the scriptures to fight the temptations of the devil - Mathew 4:1-11
Meditate on God's word
Now it's time to think on these scriptures given to you by the Holy Spirit. Let them fill your mind and allow them to take root into your heart. Will I have the time to do this? You may ask. The answer is yes because if you don't meditate on the scriptures, the fearful thoughts will take over. One of them must occupy your mind. Meditation builds up your faith and helps to overcome fear attack. Proverbs 1:33 (KJV) says, "But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil"
Rest in God's word
If you want to overcome the sudden fear, you need to trust God to keep His word. Rely on God's ability to take care of the source of that fear. You need to rest in God and His word and allow Him to take over the solving of that challenge. Isaiah 30:15 (AMP) says, "For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning [to Me] and resting [in Me] you shall be saved; in quietness and in [trusting] confidence shall be your strength. But you would not,"
Really, most of the things we fear never happen. But we don't need to go through a trauma first to discover that. Many people go through emotional stress, take wrong steps or make wrong decisions when they don't immediately handle the sudden fear attack. You can overcome fear. Make a decision to fear nothing but God today and you will be a master over fear.
How else can you handle fear?
Ngozi Nwoke is a teacher, counselor and author of "Peace Money Can't Buy" and "The Man Jesus" . She has a passion to teach people how to enjoy peace, God's love and christian living for more fulfilling life. Want more fulfilling life? Subscribe for free email updates today. http://stepswithgod.co
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