How Do I Overcome Fear & Doubt?
We all sometimes face the unknown in life, the scary road. Sometimes I am at a point of my life where I am scared of what comes next, what happens next or where I go next. I am getting closer and closer to the end of my college career and I am having just that feeling, fear of the future, the unknown. Maybe you are facing something in your life as well, maybe you are in a relationship you aren’t sure about what will happen, maybe your job makes you have second thoughts or maybe it’s fear of rejection, inferiority, existential fears, or failure.
God reminds us over 350 times in the bible that we should “NOT be afraid”, “NOT fear”, “NOT doubt” … so I need to remind myself daily to let go of my fear and trust in God as he says in 2nd Timothy 1:7, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and self-control”.
Self-control is defined as the ability to control oneself. It is in your hands to take the next step, are you willing to let go of your self-control? Fear wants to be in control of you but if you are aware of it let it go and leave it to God. The more love and faith we feel the more trust we have to let go of self-control. Trust is the key to self-control that will allow you to let go. Let go of your fear and your mind wanting to be in control and lay it in God’s hands.
Fear is not from God but instead fear is if we fall short of the love of God and faith in God. Love and faith are stronger than fear because God is love as 1st John 4:16, 18 says, “God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love”. Closeness to God brings the feeling and acceptance of love and the more love there is the easier it is to trust.
Ask yourself three questions:
1. What brings fear and doubt into my life and why?
2. What am I doing against my fear and doubt?
3. How can I change the above questions after reading this blog?
A lot of fear originates as a child when something happened to us, or maybe we saw something that we couldn’t get out of our mind. I grew up as a rhythmic gymnast and I always had a perfectly given routine by my trainer that I got to pursue with a lot of practice. At school I had a routine that was given by the principal, at college by my advisor and now I am at the end of my routine that brings fear into my life. Therefore, If I feel fear taking over me, I need to proclaim his word over and over again. I need to trust in God let go of my self-control and let him write my new routine.