One of the most challenging issues facing most people is fear. Fear is one of the giants which always destroy our potentials.
However, fear has described as a small trickle of doubt that flows through the mind until it wears such a great channel that all your thoughts drain into it. This fear always take place day by day until we find ourselves misery and unable to function. It is dwelling on all that could go wrong instead of what could go right. Although, for example, accidents do happen and cars must be carefully maintained and driven, fear that prevents us from driving or riding in a car immobilize our potentials because it severely limits where we can go.
In most cases, the believers and unbelievers make fear lay its icy fingers on their heart when they are troubled in many ways. To exemplify, the disciples who had Jesus beside them, seemed constantly fearful - of storms, of crowds, of poverty, of armies, of the loss of their leader. We might think immediately of the day Jesus told them to cross over to the side of the sea of Galilee. The night closed in like a blanket, a storm came from nowhere and the disciples found themselves in a fight for their lives as the ship was tossed by the waves. Even when they saw Jesus approaching on the water they were terrified. They thought he was a ghost (Matthew 14:22-23). They made fear get better of them.
Also, when as a lad, David met the giant Goliath, who played mercilessly on their fear, taunting them with challenges he knew they couldn't dare accept. King Saul was ruled by fear-of the giant, then of the boy who slew the giant. This is because he mastered his fear by trusting in God instead of thinking about all that could go wrong. He freed the Israelites from the oppression of their enemies and honoured the name of god (Samuel 17). But he took his slingshot and five stones and stood tall away. It is being said that, courage isn't the absence of fear, but the mastery of it, it's the place where faith and fear meet.
The opposite of fear, you see is not courage. Its not trust. The opposite of fear is love. This verse captures that beautiful and powerful truth. As Paul wrote to Timothy about his ability to move beyond fear (2 Timothy 1:6-7) "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and sound mind".
Contrariwise, fear is an army of giants, for it multiplies one into many. At the same time it does that, it also makes us grasshoppers in our own eyes. We lose sight of the promise that we can do all things through him who strengthen us. We lose the ability to see anything in its true prospective. Fear, not the object of the fear, devours its.
Moreover, one more good reason to become active in ministry. Be an encourager. Be an ambassador of the love of God. I know of no better prescription of any kind. As you can see, there's nothing trite about my advising you to cultivate a closer relationship with God. That is the ultimate fear strategy. Children who are afraid call on their parents. It's no different for adults who are afraid, but the parents whose name we call is so much more responsive. If your life is filled with anxiety and irrational fears, draw near to God, starting today. Increase your time in his word, devote more time to prayer and keep a prayer journal of how he comforts you in times of fear.
There is a saying that "He who fears to try will never know what he could have done" He who fears God has nothing else to fear. To maximize your life you must neutralize fear with faith.