In my last post, I shared what God has been teaching me about my fear and why it’s so debilitating. Now, I want to show you the secrets to breaking free of fear. ❤
1) Meditate on Scripture
I cannot emphasize enough how powerful God’s Word is. It’s 1 John 4:18 that completely broke me free of my fear. One night when I was sitting on my bed, anxious about some circumstances and worrying about something I had to face the next day, God brought this verse to my mind…
“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”(ESV).
My heart immediately stilled. I opened my Bible and read it over and over again, caught on that first phrase…
“Perfect love casts out fear. Wait a minute…Perfect love doesn’t come from a person; perfect love is Jesus.” I stared across my little dorm room, gaping. “Jesus Himself is MY perfect love. He casts out my fear.” I’ve never been so stunned by such a simple truth. I can’t even describe the overwhelming peace and excitement I felt the more I meditated on that verse.
In the next few minutes, I grabbed some index cards and scribbled a few more verses about His peace on them. I hung them along my bunk shelf so I could look at them every morning when I woke up. Now, when I get scared or I’m tempted to forget God’s strength in my weaknesses, I read those verses. I repeat 1 John 4:18, over, and over, and over in my head.
And you know what’s crazy? No matter how many times I read that verse, I feel like I can’t get to the bottom of it. Just like I can’t comprehend the depths of His love. I cant grasp the depths of His peace.
When we replace fear with the literal power of God (the gospel), anxiety has no power over our hearts. Let His Word bring you healing. ❤
2) Pray, pray, pray
Maybe you don’t know what to say. Maybe you can’t even describe why you’re afraid. But friend, talk to Jesus anyways. He knows your heart, and He’ll hear the inaudible pleas.
I love to pray Philippians 4:6-7 over myself and people in my life. I think it’s one of the most powerful verses you could pray:
“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (ESV).
Did you see that last part? The peace of God surpasses all understanding. It’s so deep that you can’t even understand it. Even when you have every reason to be scared or feel uneasy, you literally can’t because His peace is that powerful. I’ve experienced this so many times recently, and I just adore Him for it. It’s almost funny watching myself act completely calm and not feel bothered when I should probably be freaking out. That’s the peace of God. It’s nothing you can get on your own. It’s that calm that you can’t explain.
If you ask Him to, He’ll build this guard around you. His peace will guard you. Guard you from lies. From anxiety. From your terrifying enemy. Nothing can make a dent in His armor of peace. ❤
I have a “worry journal.”
Sounds awful, right? Sort of, but it’s a lifeline when I need to tangibly surrender anxiety. ❤ When I’m overwhelmed or just flat-out in a bad mood, I write down everything I can think of that worries me or is keeping me from trusting God. And then I ask Jesus to take those fears away. There’s something about purging anxiety like that and laying it all out at His feat that’s so healing.
Friend, He’s worth trusting. Surrender your fear. Grab your own worry journal and get it all out in the open before God so He can take it all.
Breaking free of fear is so much simpler than we make it. With time, constant meditation on Scripture, and prayer, God will heal you.
And if you ever need a friend to encourage you along the way, I’m always here. 🙂 Feel free to message me on Instagram or hit up the contact form on the blog. Let’s fight fear together!