3 Ways Overcoming Fear Radically Improves Your Life
There’s a pesky little four-letter word that I hate but can't seem to escape. It poisons everything and everyone it encounters. It derails hopes and dreams. And, it's even able to render God's word powerless in our lives.
No matter how far we come, what we accomplish, or how we see God move, it ALWAYS shows up and tries to ruin everything.
Fear is a sneaky jerk that loves to destroy and it's reeeaaaaaaly good at it. And sadly, it's probably the number one thing that prevents us from taking control our lives and pursing all that God has for us.
It comes in so many shapes and flavors: fear of failure, fear of success, fear of being judged, fear of not being enough, fear of loss, fear of being awkward, fear of rejection, fear of pain.
And yes, facing those fears can seem impossible, especially when it's so warm and cozy inside of our comfort zone.
But, here's the truth.
The things you want most in life are usually on the other side of your biggest fears.
Having a baby is scary. Losing a job is scary. Starting a business is scary. Trusting God when EVERYTHING seems to be falling apart around you is SCARY.
Giving into the fear that surrounds you doesn’t keep you safe; It only keeps you from moving forward.
When fear shows up, we need be reminded that it's worth stepping out of our comfort zone and facing it.
Here's three ways overcoming fear immediately improves your life.
Moves You into New Levels of Faith
The Israelites missed out on something powerful at the foot of Mt. Sinai. Because they were too afraid to come near the mountain, they missed out on God writing His word on their hearts.
Having God's word written on our hearts gives us strength, comfort, peace, direction and everything we need to handle the things that come our way. And, when the things that come are too big for us, God's word gives us hope and confidence that He’ll come through for us because nothing is too big or too hard for Him.
But taking those first steps into new territory--a new job, starting a family, choosing to pursue your purpose --even with the Holy Spirit's leading, can be terrifying. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.
God-sized dreams and desires should be terrifying. He's so much bigger than we are.
When we decide to face our fear and walk out onto the water with Him, it changes us. And once we've been to that place—where His perfect love drives out our fear--then we know in our spirits, and not just our heads, that He'll never lets us fall or leave us hanging.
Increases Your Options
So many people are walking around today desperate to make change in their lives, but they feel like they can't. And yes, sometimes we're genuinely stuck between a rock and a hard place and our options are few. But, for a lot of people, they've discounted viable options because they let fear convince them that those options are impossible, bad ideas or not likely to succeed.
When we're stuck in the mindset that certain things aren't for us, we can't do them, they're too hard, they'll never work, or they're just plain impossible, then we limit ourselves and we feel powerless.
It's easy to see the negative. It's easy to come up with all the reasons why we shouldn't try something or we shouldn't go after what we really want for our lives. But the reality is, if what we're going after isn't out of alignment with God's word, then why should we rule it out?
When we're stuck in a dead-end job because we think we need the money, our relationships are a mess, we keep our talents or gifts of the shelf because we doubt ourselves or we keep waiting for the "perfect timing" before we make a move, sometimes the best options are ones that seem impossible.
When you're feeling like this, ask yourself one simple question: What would I do if I KNEW that I couldn't fail?
Write down your answer, get it all out on paper and use it as a starting point.
You Realize You're Stronger Than You Think
Sometimes a major change happens when you least expect it and you're forcibly ejected from your comfort zone. Maybe you lost your job or your business folded. Perhaps your found yourself unexpectedly pregnant.
Maybe you lost a loved one. Perhaps your marriage is falling apart, your home is being foreclosed on or you've gotten a terrifying diagnosis from your doctor.
Whatever it is, chances are fear has hitched a ride onto this catastrophe and brought its homies: worry and doubt. That's a nasty trio.
When these things happen, it can feel like a slap in the face. Your heart races, your stomach drops and you can almost feel yourself sinking into fear's quicksand. It's tempting to give in but, remember:
This situation is only a surprise to you, not to God. He already has the solution figured out, and guess what? It works together for your good when you love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
But getting to the other side probably won't be easy. It'll take grit, determination, hope and faith.
And, I'm not gonna lie, there will probably tears and scars along the way.
It may be tough going but it'll be worth it. Facing these big, scary situations will show you that you're not made from glass. That you can get knocked down, but you don't have to stay down.
And at the end of the day, when you look back at what God has brought you through, you’ll see that fear for what it is: a big shadow monster that was all bark and no bite.
Fear will always be a part of our lives but it doesn’t have to control us. The next time fear rears its ugly head, remember why it pays to face it and meet it head on. You’ll be glad you did.
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