Last week I shared three things you could do right away to fight fear.
This week I’m giving you three things that might take a little more time to accomplish, but they will go after the root of fear.
Three More Things You Can Do to Fight Fear
1) Keep a Word Journal.
When my kids were little, I found myself angry all the time. I knew it wasn’t the kids’ fault, but I also didn’t understand the anger. I loved my kids. I really wanted to be a good mom. But I kept running into anger over little things.
So, I found a good counselor to talk to about it, and he gave me one of the most helpful strategies I have ever used for fighting any destructive emotion or trait within myself.
He said, “Get a journal, and choose three scriptures that deal with anger, write them down, and read them out loud every day.
So I did that, and I did improve in the area of anger, but something else happened.
As I read the scriptures out loud every day, I could feel anxiety leaving my body. I could feel my shoulders relax, my breathing change. I noticed my mind stop racing.
I didn’t even know I was anxious. I was so used to anxiety, it just felt normal to me, until I read the scripture, and it left.
It showed me that anger wasn’t the main problem, but that there was anxiety underneath the anger.
Anxiety is a low-lying, constant fear.
When I became aware of anxiety, I chose three verses that dealt with fear, and I added those to my daily reading. I refused to even get out of bed until I read those verses and peace came in. I would read them ten times if I had to, until I felt the anxiety leave and peace take its place.
You can do this in whatever way works for you. In my journal, I wrote “anger” or “anxiety” or whatever the issue was on the left side of the page. Then out to the right side of the word, I wrote three verses. Then I left a blank page so I could add more verses or notes as time passed.
My “Word Journal” looked something like this:
Anger: “In your anger do not sin.” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:26-27
Simple, but so powerful.
I have had people ask me if this is focusing on negative things. I think that it is more about being honest about the negative things that we are dealing with. It is about facing them. It is taking thoughts captive. Most of the time, if you look up verses about an issue, there will be something positive there. And you can absolutely do the same thing by reading scriptures about “joy” or “love.”
Each one of us is a little different. Read the verses that bring peace. Pick three verses that deal with fear, and read them out loud every day for at least a week. Give the verses you choose enough time to bring change.
The word journal naturally leads into number two.
2) Know God.
Keep getting to know Him. He’s real. He loves you. He is with you all the time. You are never alone. Fear is not from God.
I know these things because I have studied scripture. I’ve written it down, and read it out loud, and it has changed what I thought about who I am.
But it changed me because I learned about who He is.
No matter where you are on a faith journey, beginner or long time believer, this is something that never stops or gets stale or gets old. It is too easy to forget who He is when we are confronted with the world every day.
If we keep running after who He is, we keep growing in who He made us to be.
There is no deeper identity than the identity of God. Sometimes it feels like finding out our own identity is more important or pressing, but that is a lie.
Our identity flows out of knowing who He is.
God did not send fear. God sends love. Therefore, our true identity is not that of a fearful coward, but that of a treasured son. See how it works? Who He is, tells me who I am. And He is strong and good.
You can do the word journal on this too. Look up scriptures on who God is. Write them down. Say them out loud. Every day.
Joyce Meyer has another strategy of remembering this one. Another super simple, super powerful strategy.
Say, “God loves me, and He is working in my life,” fifty times a day.
Perfect love beats fear.
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God wants to heal you of fear and anything else that is holding you back.
These things may seem simple on the surface. Most deeply effective spiritual practices do. But they are powerful agents for change. The challenge comes in actually doing them as a daily practice over time. Praying for all of us as we practice.
Emotions are a product of our thought life. Neil Anderson
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid. John14:27
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Josh1:9
I sought the Lord, and He answered me. He delivered me from all my fears. Ps34:4