Understanding and Dealing with Fear Biblically
 

Introduction

Fear is to be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event

Fear is an emotion. It is different from worry, though there is a grey area between the two. Worry generally is a mental act in which the mind dwells on difficulties. Fear, on the other hand, is an emotional reaction to imminent danger. Fear is not always bad; God gave us the capacity to fear for good reason.

Some symptoms of Fear:

Physical symptoms

  • Tightness in chest

  • Tightness in throat

  • Oversensitivity to noise

  • Depersonalization

  • Breathlessness

  • Weakness in muscles

  • Lack of energy

  • Dry mouth

  • Butterflies in stomach

Behavioral symptoms

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Appetite disturbances

  • Absentmindedness

  • Social withdrawal

  • Dreams of deceased

  • Crying (Ps 56: 1–2, 5–6, 8)

Emotional symptoms

  • Shock/Numbness

  • Guilt/self-reproach

  • Anxiety

  • Loneliness

  • Helplessness

  • Yearning, relief

Cognitions symptoms

  • Disbelief/Denial Sadness
  • Confusion
  • Preoccupation,
  • Sense of presence
  • Visual hallucination

These messages from the brain that cause hormones to be released in the body are designed to prepare us physically to deal with real danger. Fear causes a physical sensation. It is a bodily state.

How to deal with "Fear"

Solving the problem of fear requires deliberate and careful thought. This thought process involves several stages.

1.  Accept your fear. Accept that this feeling exists – it is real. Do not deny or repress it.

2.  Identify the occasion for your fear. Feelings cannot be wished away; feelings are often involuntary. They are the natural response to messages sent to the body by the brain, which is reacting to perceived danger. Since the message may or may not be accurate, the problem is not the emotion you feel, but the reason you feel it. How real is the danger that causes you to feel afraid?

3.  Interpret the occasion for the fear in the light of God’s Word.

  • Fear death; put even that event in the context of God’s promises of resurrection.
  • Fear illness (Psalms 103:3, 147:3,
  • Fear loss of Job, Life problem (Luke 12:22)
  • Fear people, what can they do to you? Kill you? (Psalm 27:1, Hebrews 13:5, 6).
  • Fear life because you are a timid person, remind yourself that if God is for you, (Romans 8:31–39).

4.  Identify yourself and the God you believe in. When you feel fearful, remind yourself that you are a child of the living God, you belong to Jesus Christ, you have been delivered from sin and bondage, and you are clean and pure and righteous in God’s sight.

5.  Preach the gospel of Jesus to yourself. The cross of Christ delivered you from hell and is able to deliver you from anything else.

Why did God give us the feeling of fear?

He gave it to us for several good reasons — to preserve us from injury, to develop a reverential attitude to him, and to develop in us faith and courage. Faith is trusting God against the physical evidence. Courage is doing what your feelings say you cannot do but God says you can do. Every fearful believer can, through the power of the indwelling Spirit, become courageous. We can choose to trust and love God in all circumstances and experience the meltdown of internal fear. It may sometimes take time, but it will happen. David said, ‘When I am afraid I will trust You, my Lord and Savior’ (Psalm 56:3).

Who is the answer to “FEAR”:

Jesus Christ is the answer to fear. To know Him, love Him, and follow Him is the ultimate solution to fear. Fix your eyes on Jesus and your fear will wither away. Remember, perfect love casts out fear. Believe 1 Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

“Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). One way of dealing with fear is to replace it with a stronger emotion—love. About 350 times the Bible tells us, ‘Do not fear.’ Jesus was never inappropriately afraid.