Conquering Fear

We all have different characteristics and qualities so it’s no surprise some people tend to be more fearful than others. Even still, there’s something we can all do to conquer our fears.

There are different kinds of fear—and not all are bad. Children should be afraid of sharp knives and hot cooking surfaces in the kitchen because we don’t want little ones to get hurt. We should also be scared of poisonous snakes because they can cause serious injury or death. These fears are appropriate and a valuable part of our survival instinct.

However, there are many fears which are not normal and hurt us. They cast a dark shadow over our lives and prevent us from living the life God intended for us. These fears paralyze us—hindering our ability to retreat from danger or move forward on safe paths. God doesn’t want us to live in fear because He repeats it many times in His Word. “Fear not” and “do not fear” appear throughout the Old and New Testaments.

This is why the secret to conquering fear is found in the Bible. “Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death” (Proverbs 14:27). His Word says to have a healthy fear of the Lord.

  • When you fear the Lord, you understand He created you and deserves authority over your life.
  • When you have proper reverence for God, you draw close to Him instead of running away.
  • When you genuinely know who God is, you’re not scared of him—you trust and love Him.

God wants to help you with your fears, but you have to look for Him. The Psalmist said, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).

Call on God and face your fears with Him. He wants to help you overcome fear.

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Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?