Fear is very powerful.
I’ve recently come to the realisation that I am very fearful; about meeting new people; will they like me? What if they don’t like me?
My biggest fear though is failure, it may not seem like a fear, but as I looked at myself more closely I realised that this fear was what was stopping me from applying for jobs, stopping me from networking, stopping me from simple everyday things, like making a phone call. I needed to find a way to overcome this fear, I know what the bible says about fear (2 Timothy 1:7), but for some reason that wasn’t enough for me. The fact that I knew it was fear holding me back, was/is an aid to my deliverance.
So I decided to study the Word of God, because I personally believe that deliverance starts with you. People, Pastors, Bishops can pray for you but ultimately you need to want the deliverance for yourself.
The word of God says in 2 Timothy 1:7;
“For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (NKJV).
So if God has said in His word that the spirit of fear in me is not from Him, then I need to tap into the love of Christ, because in 1 John 4:18 it says
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears, has not been made perfect in love” (NKJV).
So I need to understand and receive the perfect love that Christ has for me. The release of this fear and acceptance of his love, then allowed me to engage in a new found confidence.