Do You Need to Find Freedom From Your Fear?

How do we find freedom in God from fear? What does freedom from fear look like? Why is this such an important topic?

How can we find freedom from our fears?

When the Church Is Held Back By Fear

Busy Moms and friends, from Old Testament heroes to the early Church fathers, there is a stunning lack of fear running throughout many of the stories. Yet this absence of fear is not a defining mark of Christianity today.

As Christians, we are afraid. And not just of a few things. We’re afraid to stay silent on our faith because of what might happen to our loved ones, yet we’re afraid of losing relationships – and our potentially positive influence – by speaking up. We’re afraid of being persecuted in the future, when we shouldn’t even be afraid of the persecution.

We sell ours time to companies and organizations who – although we may not personally take part in the actions – do not honor Christian ethics. Because of our fear, we don’t stand up to the corruption we see around us. Sometimes even the decision to homeschool (or to keep a kid in public school) is a choice motivated by fear and not faith. We fear an uncomfortable future while on the Earth. We fear failing in the eyes of the world when we should fear failing in the eyes of God.

And while we, the collective members of the church, are so wrapped up in the negativity of our various fears, we are held back from an incredible adventure with God. We miss the small details of God working. We start to lose joy. We even become paralyzed on our own walks as our zeal for following God is choked out by our fear.

How can we find freedom from our fears?

“Do not be afraid.” Just google Scripture on fear and you’ll find compilations of 40+ passages that speak on this subject. It is clear that we are not called to a life of fear, but how do we find freedom from such a powerful emotion?

Read It

The Lord is for me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

Psalm 118:6 (HCSB)

This entire psalm is a thanksgiving praise for how God protected the writer from harm. In fact, you know the praise song that sings, “Your love endures forever”? That’s also inspired by this Psalm. You’ll see why I’m pointing this out later on.

25 “I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit—the Father will send Him in My name—will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you. 27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.

John 14:25-27 (HCSB)

These are words spoken by Jesus during one of His final addresses to his disciples. Peace is something that has been promised to us, and it’s even directly said that peace is to take the place of worry and fear.

Traditionally, there’s a passage break between verse 26 and 27, but I find that it’s hard to truly separate these verses from each other. After all, the Holy Spirit is the gift that Jesus gave all of His disciples. So if Jesus is leaving peace, it makes sense that that peace is also intertwined with the Holy Spirit.

Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He won’t leave you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the Lord’s house is finished.

1 Chronicles 28:20 (HCSB)

There are plenty of other verses I could have used in this place. However, I liked the fact that this passage shows the concept of no fear in action. David already knows that his son Solomon is supposed to build the great temple for the Lord to dwell in. Here, he’s encouraging his son not to be afraid no matter what happens.

David knows that opposition arises when we follow God. He also knows that God will not abandon us when we are pursuing His work.

For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.

2 Timothy 1:7 (HCSB)

You should know by now that I wouldn’t miss up a good opportunity to visit one of my (many different) favorites when it comes to Timothy. If you want to see the context of this Scripture, just take a look at my post on Lois.

Learn It

We Often Fear for No Reason

Fear is irrational. That’s because it’s an emotion. And like all emotions, it does have its purpose. After all, God would have made a short-lived masterpiece if we didn’t have some kind of survival mechanism that kept us alive past our first encounter with dangerous circumstances. However, just like anger is twisted from its purpose, fear is twisted into a weapon against our Christian faith.

As long as we are worried about the outcome of doing what is right and good, then we are resisting (even subconsciously) the lifestyle that God has chosen for us. David hits the nail on its head:

The Lord is for me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

Psalm 118:6 (HCSB)

People can spread horrible nasty rumors to attack your reputation, but they can’t touch the grace and righteousness given to you as a believer. Your boss can fire you from your job, but they can’t stop God’s provision for your family. In the worst of circumstances, a fellow human can take your life. What happens then? We go to be with our Father in heaven! Oh horror! (Please read sarcasm into that last sentence.)

Fear can be a guide during the times that God is silent in our lives. Fear can keep us physically alive as we navigate a fallen and sinful Creation. But fear should never be more powerful than God’s command in your life.

When this happens, you are experiencing doubt in an emotional form. The first step in finding freedom from this kind of fear is to ask, “Why am I afraid of this?” If you don’t have an answer, then it’s time to hand your burden of fear over to God.

(And to read more on following God’s will in your life despite doubt, please click here.)

Look for the Peace

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.

John 14:27 (HCSB)

You know that age-old debate over if the glass is half-empty or half-full? Neither perspective changes anything about the volume of water actually contained in the glass. However, that difference in viewpoint can have a great effect when we apply it to our circumstances.

In this verse, we see that peace is considered an opposite of fear. How awesome would it be if we stopped feeding our fears by instead shifting our focus to the peace that Jesus promised us? Our circumstances may not change, but I bet our outlook would. And when our outlook changes, the impossible suddenly seems more possible.

How can we find freedom from our fears?

 

You’re probably thinking, “That’s all well and great, Lauren, but just how are we supposed to find peace? It’s not like we can just flip the switch on fear.”

But what if we can? In the ‘Read It’ section, I connected this verse back to the Holy Spirit. In John 14:26 Jesus also says that the Holy Spirit will remind us of God’s teaching. So if the absence of fear in God’s followers is such a crucial part of His teaching, then shouldn’t part of the Holy Spirit’s job be reminding us not to be afraid?

What if finding freedom from fear, if finding peace, is as simple as learning to listen to the Holy Spirit in our lives?

Comforted by God

Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He won’t leave you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the Lord’s house is finished.

1 Chronicles 28:20 (HCSB)

Like I wrote earlier, I chose this passage to share a practical example of courage in action. However, I also wanted to include verses like:

  • Psalm 94:19
  • Isaiah 41:13
  • Isaiah 51:12

These are verses that speak directly about God comforting and helping during the frightening situations. I know this is a little redundant from the previous points, but I want to highlight this statement directly for everybody to read.

We can have freedom from fear because God Himself comforts our fears and helps us through those situations.

How awesome is that to think about? I don’t know about you, but it’s much harder to cave to fear when I think about how powerful God is…and how He is right there beside me through it all! Which leads us to the next point…

The Spirit Given to Us

7 For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.

2 Timothy 1:7 (HCSB)

But freedom from fear goes beyond recognizing that there’s not really anything men can do to us. It goes beyond finding peace or being comforted. Its recognizing that we’re more powerful – because the Holy Spirit dwells with us – then the circumstances that would tear us down.

Like a zebra trying to protect its young against a lion pride, freedom from fear comes when we let love motivate our actions. It’s about showing wisdom in discerning the deeper Spiritual issues when fear would have us only examine the what is immediately visible in our circumstances.

Again, these are things that have been given to us as opposites that we possess in place of fear. It’s like a shape sorter toy. There’s always a point when the shapes inside the toy rise so high that they begin to obstruct the holes, right? In our lives, fear are the shapes. If we develop – with God’s help – these traits of love, power, and sound judgement, then we will fill up the space so that there is no longer room for fear.

How can we find freedom from our fears?

I could keep writing about this verse, but I actually have a Facebook video that talks about these things along with a fear that I’ve been carrying as a burden. (At least, I think this is what the video talks about. I’m never really sure what I say in person or on video.)

Apply It

  • Ask: “What fears do I need to let go of in my life?”
  • Do: Look for one action that you can do that terrifies you. I’m not talking about a thrill park, either. I’m talking about those thoughts you resist, like going to talk to the lady sitting alone on the bench at the grocery store.
  • Do: Look for one verse on conquering fear to memorize.
  • Pray: Normally I write a prayer prompt here. Today, though, I want you to write your own prayer.

Go Deeper

If you want to dig even deeper into this post, then you need to connect with the Chaotic Life community. Comment below with one of the following:

  • A favorite Bible verse on fear (copy and paste the actual Scripture to encourage others)
  • A thought about finding freedom from fear
  • Something that you think God has been calling you to do but you’ve procrastinated out of fear

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More about Lauren C. Moye

Lauren has had a lifelong passion for both writing and for helping people. Once upon a time, she would have laughed if somebody suggested she write nonfiction to achieve those goals. A couple of years ago, she would have scoffed if somebody suggested she write for her peer groups. Today she's writing to "HELP BUSY CHRISTIAN MOMS MANAGE LIFE."

12 thoughts on “Do You Need to Find Freedom From Your Fear?

  1. Ailie

    Ah Lauren! This is such a great post. Every word rings true for me. I am currently anxious (which is rooted in fear) about my work situation and my eldest child’s education so this is a timely word of encouragement in my life. One of the Scriptures that I often use to remind myself not to fear is in 1 John which talks about perfect love casts out all fear.

    I love reading your posts. Thanks for being so deep and thorough. Its good for my soul 🙂

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    1. Lauren C. Moye

      Ailie, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I will be praying for you and your son. I wish that motherhood was easier with all the decisions that have to be made.

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  2. Francesca Price

    Thanks for sharing about fear. I like the way you have used the shape sorter toy to highlight how we should be filling ourselves up with God’s love, power and more instead of all the things we fear. That will stick with me ❤️

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    1. Lauren C. Moye

      Francesca, thank you for leaving the comment! I’m glad you enjoyed the shape sorter illustration.

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  3. Lindsey

    This speaks to me so clearly! I love the Bethel song, “No Longer Slaves” when we sing over and over, “I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God.” That’s been my anthem as I fight my fears!

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    1. Lauren C. Moye

      That is a great song! I’ll be praying for you as you continue to fight fears.

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  4. Sarah Althouse

    Gah I can be guilty of feeding my fears. I like to keep verses about God’s protection and peace on my phone though that I can pull up when I am starting to feel fearful.

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    1. Lauren C. Moye

      Sarah, thank you so much for the comment. That is a great idea with the Scriptures on your phone. Do you mind sharing some of these verses with us?

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  5. rachel

    Thank you for you post. Fear is troubling and for some it overcomes them .. Let God have it , we will take it all ..

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    1. Lauren C. Moye

      Rachel, thank you for leaving a comment! I appreciate it.

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  6. Rebekah

    I have like, all of these fears. I think certain personalities are more prone to fears, myself being a people pleaser especially. But one thing that I have been relearning this year, is to get over my people pleasing attitude, after all, life isn’t about making people happy, it is about bringing glory to God.

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    1. Lauren C. Moye

      Rebekah, thank you for taking the time to reply. I think we all have fears that can be used against us. You are right though, we are supposed to bring glory to God.

      Reply

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