“One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half.”- Winston Churchill
“We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”- 2 Corinthians 10:5
In today’s blog, Bill Hybels presents the third step that helps us partner with God to conquer fear.
STEP 3: Face Fear Head- on. Pastor Hybels notes that studies have shown avoiding fears only causes them to escalate. On the other hand, when someone takes the time to understand their fear’s origin, expose its lies, and face it head-on, that fear begins to diminish. The author explains:
“The only way you will conquer your fear is to reach out for the steadying hand of God and face the thing you’re afraid of. You have to lean into it and walk through it. There’s just no other way.”
The Holy Spirit will help us discern the origins of our fears and reveal Satan’s lies. Our part is to acknowledge our fears, identify them for what they are or are not, and take steps to free ourselves from the bondage of destructive fears.
Giving into fear is tempting because it brings temporary relief. However, there’s a major downside to avoidance. Avoidance legitimizes and affirms fear. Surrendering our fears to Jesus brings order and discipline to our thinking.
Today’s question: What is your biggest barrier to being able to face fear head- on? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Speak words of truth”