Four Practical Steps to Overcoming Fear as you Fast


1. Choose to believe (have faith in) God:

In order to come to God we must first believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). To begin to walk in freedom from fear we must choose to believe God above our own thoughts and circumstances. His word must be the final authority in our lives.

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In the book of Numbers Moses declares that, “God is not a man, that He should Lie, nor a son of man that He should repent; has he said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19 – NASB). The word of God gives us an assurance that we can rely on His promises to be fulfilled. The Lord stakes His very name on the fulfillment of His promises. (Psalms 138:2)

 

2. Soak up Scripture:

The method that God gives us to counteract the faithlessness of our hearts is to replace that faithlessness with faith in His promises. Scripture states that, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). If you don’t know the promises of God, how can you place your trust in them?

We are charged to diligently study the word of God, seeking out the promises that He has declared over our future. Once the promises are discovered, we must grab hold to them in our hearts and place our faith their truths. During our fasts we must purposefully place ourselves in situations to “hear” the word of God. This is done through attending church services, listening to audio teaching lessons, discussing the word with others, and so on. Get in an environment were you can hear the word being proclaimed mightily and your faith will be built.

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11 – NASB). This promise alone gives us a fearless outlook on our future in God. Fear cannot abide in a future that promises a beneficial outcome.

 

3. Walk in Obedience:

Obeying God’s commands allows us to abide in His love. To walk in obedience and to walk in love should be synonymous with each other. Abiding in God’s love is described as walking in His commandments (John 14:23).

When we are obedient to what we know, we can live with a sense of peace. We won’t fear the consequences of our actions because we know that we are doing all that we can to uphold a standard of righteousness in our lives. There is no fear of correction or the wrath of God, because we aren’t provoking Him.

 

4. Know the Lord is with You: 

After the death of Moses the people of Israel needed a new leader. This required someone to take his place not only in leadership of the nation but also in his position with God. It was time for them to embark on a journey that would take them into their inheritance. This required a man of strength and courage. That man, according to God, was Joshua. In order to encourage Joshua and alleviate any fear that he may have had concerning the assignment of God in his life, the Lord told Joshua that He would be with him (Joshua 1:5, 9).

He also told Joshua to “be strong and courageous” (Joshua 1:6, 9) because the Lord your God is with you. Joshua’s strength did not come his own internal gifts and abilities, it came from the Lord’s assurance that, “the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” When the Lord is with us, we abide with Him, and in His love. This perfect love found in His continuing presence in our lives…drives out all fear. The Lord commands you to be strong and very courageous, so that you will do according to all that is written in His word, for then He will be with us.

Jesus’ great commission to His disciples was significantly tied to obedience and knowing that God will be with them in their obedience. He commanded them to “God therefore and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe all that I commanded you..” He was adamant about them teaching others to be obedient just as He had taught them.

Should they obey this command from Jesus, He promised them, “lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20). Our knowing, understanding, and obeying the commands of God assures that He is with us. It is in this assurance that we can be strong and courageous knowing that our almighty Father is with us.

 

Reference Scriptures

1 Timothy 1:7, 1 John 4:16-18, Romans 8:28, Numbers 23:19, Psalms 138:2, Romans 10:17, Jeremiah 29:11, John 14:23, Joshua 1:5-9

 


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