By Eryka T. Johnson
Fear is a four letter word that keeps so many from stepping out and doing what they love. Can you imagine what your life would look like without fear? Well, fear plagues everyone regardless of who you are or where you live. However, the key is to figure out how to drive out fear and increase belief so you are not stopped in your tracks.
Fear is a silent killer. It awaits you and uses all it powers to defeat you. Not to worry though, fear plagues everyone. With every level you go to in life, you will have to face fear in some fashion. Whether, you are doing a task for the first time or you have to do a task you are quite familiar with in front of people you’ve never met, an anxious feeling in the pit of your stomach often shows up.
Think about it for a moment…
The greatest man to ever live on this Earth had to face it himself. He was sent to save a world that was quickly perishing because of immorality. His father gave him all the specifics and told him, “You got this. I will be with you.” Want to know his name? Jesus.
When it came time for Jesus to do His job, He became stressed. Although, He had prepared his entire life for this moment in time, He was met with fear & uneasiness and totally unsure if He could go through with the plan. In fact, He asked his father several times to let it go. But, things had been set and it was time to fulfill purpose. Fear had a purpose in Jesus’ life. In the end, He did go through with the plan to save lives for now and years to come.
When you are faced with anxiety and uneasiness, here is a simple plan to drive out fear and increase belief in your life:
First, understand where there is a lack of belief.
How can you deal with something without knowing exactly what it is you are facing? Be truthful. If you are not totally confident, you need to increase belief in that area. By identifying the issue, it makes it easier to address the concern. And, you are also making a declaration that you are not perfect.
Then, meditate on scripture to help your situation.
As a woman of faith, I believe every word in the Bible. Over the years, I have learned what it means to transform your thoughts or renew your mind. The way to renew your mind is through targeted scripture. Just meditating on any scripture will not do. Find a scripture that specifically deals with your situation and expresses what you want to see in your life. Pray it, recite it, study it, learn it, or do whatever it takes to own that new belief.
Finally, take a step in the direction of fear.
Overcome fear by doing the exact opposite of it. If you are afraid to speak in front of a small group of people, schedule to speak in front of a small group of people. Crazy? Yes, I know. It’s amazing how things change when you face your fear head on.
The purpose of fear is not to stop you from achieving your goals. It is there to help you deal with areas in your life where you lack belief in order to grow you more as a person.
Can you think of one area in your life where you would like to drive out fear and increase belief? Respond and let me know.
Eryka T. Johnson