Many talented people have fallen short of their real potential because of fear. Someone once said that talent alone will not bring success. Talent, as defined by Webster is innate skill; endowment. It is what you are naturally good at. We must understand that developing our strengths alone cannot in itself bring ultimate triumph. If the goal is to be your best then your weakness must be found and overcome. When your weakness is subdued you will find a new strength otherwise thought unavailable. Fear is something that touches many of us. Most people have experienced fear and it’s power to stop forward progress. If you are struggling with fear I pray that this lesson will be a starting point on your journey to victory and overcoming power.
The Nature of Fear
If we are to confront fear we must understand its’ nature. Webster defines fear as dread, apprehension or alarm. The Bible definition is very similar phobeo, fob-eh’-o; from Greek 5401 (phobos); to frighten, i.e. (passive) to be alarmed. Usually, as in the case of our subject, our fears are not founded on truth.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32 (KJV)
We can see here that fear is the opposite of faith. Faith that is strong must be based on truth. Truth has the power to defeat fear and its’ crippling effects. Fear by its’ very nature deals with the unknown. It builds a scenario of things that will happen even though those things haven’t yet materialized. It’s power is built on presumptions and suppositions that say “what if”. Truth on the other hand is not built on these things. Truth stands on facts. A fact is something that has already been proven to be right. Someone else has gone down this road and therefore we can learn and gain insight without the failures.
Question #1 In your own words where does fear come from?
The Nature of Faith
Since faith is the opposite of fear it is important that we look at its’ characteristics. Faith as defined by Webster is belief. The Biblical meaning of the word is pis’-tis; from Greek 3982 (peitho); persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction. When you are persuaded that something is true based on established facts, there can be little room for fear. People of faith have a sure foundation to build upon. Many today have an unstable foundation and because of this go the direction of many hurtful things. Fear causes us to drift. Faith sets a course to follow. Fear grabs at anything coming by. Faith knows the difference between good and evil and chooses its’ way when the time is right. The foundation of faith is brought out in the book of Hebrews.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
The solid foundation of faith is the knowledge and belief that HE is. God is. Faith knows the reward at the end of life before it comes. Faith knows that HE is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. David the king of Israel made a statement about God and his word that will apply here.
“Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.  Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.” Psalm 119:127-128 (KJV)
Do you have this kind of foundation? Do you wake up in the morning knowing that you are blessed because of your faith and knowledge of truth? If the answer is yes, you will not be overcome with fear. If your answer is no, then there is good news for you. Faith is available to destroy the works of fear!
Question #2 Would you like your faith in God strengthened? Explain.
Gideon the Man That Feared
We can gain tremendous insight by looking at others who have confronted fear and overcome it. Gideon was such a man.
“And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abi-ezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.  And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.” Judges 6:11-12
It is interesting to note here that when God, who imparts faith, spoke to Gideon he spoke in faith, not fear. On the outside he was afraid but God spoke to him and called him a mighty man of valour. God sees things as they are, and as they can be, not as they appear at the moment. The problem is that we often times see things as they appear at the moment. Please read the entire story of this man of fear turned to faith. It starts at Judges 6:11 and goes to chapter 7:22. The enemy of Gideon was not the Midianites (a people who lived in the area that were against Israel) it was his fear. The Midianites had stolen their crops for years. Crops that they should have enjoyed and lived on. They worked hard only to have it taken away at harvest time. This is exactly what fear does to everyone who submits to it. God spoke to him and started him down the road to faith and victory. This is the same road that he desires for each of us.
Question #3 Are there some things about Gideon that you can relate with? Does it encourage you to know that others have dealt with fear and overcome it?
Gods’ Plan for Victory Over Fear
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Tim. 1:7
By his very nature God brings faith and hope. When God truly speaks to a person he imparts power, love and a sound mind. Gideon was double-minded and therfore incapacitated. He had a problem in his life with dreading things that had not yet happened. Dread is for those who are paralyzed and overcome. God doesn’t look into the future this way, he sees the future as a place where great things will happen. God is a God of prophesy. God sees things that are not yet.
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (KJV)
This scripture can be looked at as a prophesy. The good news is that God has the power for us today to be free from fear!
“For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” Acts 2:39 (KJV)
Question #4 Would you like to know more about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
You can overcome fear just as Gideon did. He was called a mighty man not because of his talents and abilities, but because he overcame his weakness of fear. You can become greater by overcoming just as he did. As you read the story of Gideon did you find yourself? What things do you fear? Through the power of Gods’ Spirit we are delivered from fear and directed to a life of faith.
I have copied some scriptures for you to read on the subject of fear. Take the time to read them and meditate on them. Thanks for taking the time to go through this lesson. If it has ministered to you please tell a friend about our site, it is our desire to be a blessing to you. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to send them to us. It is our desire to have material that will be a help to you. If you have any prayer requests you may leave them here as well. Thanks again!
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Scriptures to Meditate Upon
Genesis 15:1 (KJV) After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
Judges 6:23 (KJV) And the Lord said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.
1 Chron. 28:20 (KJV) And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.
2 Chron. 20:17 (KJV) Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.
Isaiah 35:4 (KJV) Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
Matthew 1:20 (KJV) But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Luke 8:50 (KJV) But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
Luke 12:32 (KJV) Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Rev. 1:17 (KJV) And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: