Overcoming Fear

"For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”" - Romans 8:13-15

Fear of things in this world is not a characteristic of the Holy Spirit, nor does it have any place in God's plan for us.  Fear can come from many sources. In John 8, the woman caught in adultery experienced fear as she faced the accusations of the Pharisees and Scribes. They were demanding a death by stoning. Fear of what was to come regarding her sin was surely on her mind. Even though this fear was brought on by her own doing, Jesus came to offer a way out.  She would not be set free, though, without reconciling her own disobedience and leaving behind her previous life.  

If you are dealing with fear and you want to overcome it, then you must look past the fear to its source.  Many times, fear exists from our own immorality and wrongdoing. In Genesis, we see Adam and Eve go through this. 

"But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”" - Genesis 3:9-10

Adam was afraid shortly after he disobeyed God. His fear existed because he chose to trust in his own way.  We must find the origin of our fear and deal with it on the deepest level.  God shows His mercy towards us, even in our own wickedness. He offered a way out for both Adam and the woman caught in adultery. God's desire is not to punish us for our sin, but to save us from ourselves and set us free from sin and fear.  Just like these examples in Scripture, we must trust God, go, and sin no more.  Scripture shows us that God has not given us a spirit of fear (2 Tim 1:7). God wants us to confess everything to Him, because He wants to help us overcome whatever is holding us back from a true, complete relationship with Him.  

Sin is not the only author of fear.  Past failures and worries can inhabit our mind and linger.  Our path to overcoming fear begins with a true surrendering to Jesus and walking with Him daily.  The adulterous woman went forward with faith in Jesus.  She did not remain a slave to her old ways. Fear is not uncommon to experience, but if it becomes common place and all too familiar to every day life, then that might be a symptom of a lack of trust in Jesus. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Phil 4:13). Remember it's not by your power or might, but by your trust and obedience in Jesus that will set you free from fear.  

Take action after reading this.  Get involved in church or a Missional Community where you can walk through these fears and anxieties with other people.  We cannot do it alone.  Walking daily with God, committed to Christ will build up your faith and give you peace when difficulty comes.  Decide what is at the core of your fear. Is it your own sin? Then deal with it.  Lay it at the cross. Is it other mental battles that you need to overcome? Pray, read the Bible, and confess your difficulties to someone in relationship with Christ. Begin that journey to true freedom.