What Are You Afraid Of?

In What Are You Afraid Of?, David Jeremiah has given us a book that deals with 10 common fears.

Jeremiah dedicates one chapter to each common fear.

Being a Christian doesn’t exempt you from feeling insecure, afraid, and anxious.

We must actively exercise faith to combat worry and fretfulness.

David Jeremiah discusses ten “fears” that Christians encounter regularly. They are:

Disaster: the Fear of Natural Calamity
Disease: the Fear of Serious Illness
Debt: the Fear of Financial Collapse
Defeat: the Fear of Failure
Disconnection: the Fear of Being Alone
Disapproval: the Fear of Rejection
Danger: the Fear of Sudden Trouble
Depression: the Fear of Mental Breakdown
Death: the Fear of Dying
Deity: the Fear of God

Faith is not only the opposite of fear, but it’s the antidote for it.

Perfect love, which operates by faith, casts out fear.

The Bible often says “fear not,” from the lips of our God.

Fear is the devil’s calling card while faith is God’s calling card.

Faith opens the door for God to move.

Fear opens the door for the enemy to move.

Fear paralyzes; faith liberates.

Fear debilitates; faith encourages.

Every Christian is going to relate to some fears more than others.

For many believers, the fear of “what might happen?” is often the main fear that we deal with.

“What if THAT happens …”

And how can I bear it?

Fear is faith in a negative future.

Belief is faith in a positive future.

David Jeremiah seeks to build faith in the believer by looking at Scripture. It’s a good read if you are a fearful person or you struggle with fear.

One thing I’ve learned about fear is that one way to combat it is to submit yourself to the worst possible scenario, look it square in the face, and then give it to God.

“Lord, if such and such happens, it is well with my soul. You will get me through.”

“But … I believe you will deliver me so I’m not going to worry. I refuse to touch this with my thought life.”

God sometimes delivers us from the problem. Other times He delivers us through it.

Paul’s thorn in the flesh was a case of the latter.

So what you afraid of?

Can you give it to God and say, “Lord, if it happens, I’m okay with that. You will get me through.” And at the same time, say in your heart, “But you, Lord, will protect and deliver me. But even if you don’t (as the three Hebrew children said), I will still serve you and not bow the knee to any other lord.”

Now that’s faith.

And faith comes by hearing the Word of God.

So get in the Scriptures and stand on God’s Word and build your faith.

When worry comes knocking on your heart’s door, resist and replace. Replace that thought with one of God’s promises. And having done all to stand, stand . . .

I recommend this book if you’re someone who battles with fear. Click here to order it.

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  • lakewood

    I attended a prayer ‘summit’ a few years ago, and somehow, in a breakout session, had the courage to confess to my fear of failure, fear of criticism, fear of conflict, and fear of ‘exposure.’ I didn’t experience absolute and irrevocable release, but it was a helpful time to me. I think it was the first time I had ever really articulated my fears.

  • Jim Snyder

    I used to be afraid of depths. (Commonly thought to be the fear of heights, which technically happens when you look up, the fear of depths – looking down from a high place – is what grips most of us.) Sovereignly, my sister bought me a ticket to skydive (in tandem with a professional, of course). So I did. And I want to do it again. (Mostly because I passed out near the end of the jump, and I missed out on the landing!) Since then, I have found much liberty in life from the things that used to trigger anxiety. God is good!

  • Daniel Farrow

    Frank. I’ve learned that faith & trust are synonyms. If I can trust that God is good, then I can trust Him with whatever I go through in life. I’ve found my fears do melt away when I actively place my trust in the fact that He likes me, loves me, and is for me. I’ve found that the only fear worth having is the fear of the Lord. Scripture says that the fear of the Lord is clean.