Fear. It’s such a small word for something that can feel so debilitating. We all have different fears, different triggers, different deeply-rooted hurts. When fear hits, we have physical and internal symptoms. We grip the steering wheel harder, grind our teeth, think anxious thoughts, imagine innumerable scenarios. Fear gives us tense shoulders, stiff necks, uneasy stomachs, yet the work it does on us internally is often far worse. We believe lies and think our personal worlds will soon come crashing down.
It’s so important to remember that fear is just a symptom of a deeper internal lie we’re believing. In order to let go of the fear, we must identify the lie at its root, surrender it to God, and ask Him to replace it with His truth. This process can be hard and scary. We don’t know what we’ll find and our fear is, at least, familiar. We hold onto the anxiety like a warm blanket, but the blanket is a lie. The enemy wants you to stay in fear so the work of the kingdom is not accomplished within you. God does not bring a spirit of fear, but one of peace. If we’re in fear, it’s a sign that we need the healing of our Creator.
How does this process work? I’ve been blessed by the women in my life who have taught me to let go of fear by following these steps. To begin, identify the source of the fear. Ask God into this process-He might bring to mind a fearful memory or hurt. Explore this hurt, even though it’s uncomfortable. Ask God to help you identify the root of your fear. Usually, the deeply rooted fear is an “I am” statement. For example, when I get anxiety about driving in the rain, my statement is “I am not safe.” Your statement might be “I am unworthy” or “I am not enough” or a plethora of other lies. Once this “I am” statement is revealed, ask God to heal it and ask Him to forgive you for believing the enemy’s lies instead of His truth. Then, ask God for His truth to replace the lie. Meditate on this truth and spend time imagining God with you. He is there. Come back to this truth every time you experience the fear. This process takes time, effort, and patience. But as my friend Dee always says “Patience in the process bring joy in the journey.” Healing is not a race. It’s a hard, beautiful process. And God is faithful to walk with you every step of the way.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” -2 Timothy 1:7