Eric Speir

Thrive In Your Faith and Family

Learning to Overcome Fear

In the time that we are living fear is running rampant on the streets and no one seems to know what to do about it. The stock market is up and down like a yo-yo because of fear. People are making bad decisions out of fear in their lives and no one is speaking up. The media only seems to exacerbate the issues.

What are you scared of?

In times like this how are we supposed to function? What can we do to overcome fear? Frankly, it’s draining and it gets old living like this. During times like this we can turn to the Word of God for answers. In Matthew 14:22-33 the disciples found themselves in a boat heading for their destination but they probably never saw the storm before they left. I imagine that if they had seen the storm before they left they would have postponed the trip to a more convenient time. We normally do not get the option in our lives to avoid storms!

In this story the disciples were afraid because of the storm they were facing. Peter, the brash disciple, got out of the boat and began to walk on the water and he was fine at first. But the Bible says in Matthew 14:30, “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” It was amazing because Peter was fine walking on the water in the midst of the storm until he took notice of the wind and lost sight of Jesus.

The outcomes of uncontrolled fear in our lives:

  1. Uncontrolled fear causes us to lose sight of the Master.
  2. Uncontrolled fear causes us to doubt and lose faith.
  3. Uncontrolled fear causes us to stop moving forward. Fear immobilizes our efforts of advancement.
  4. Uncontrolled fear keeps you from seeing the answer.
  5. Uncontrolled fear limits future opportunities. It is interesting to think that this incident is in chapter 14 of the book which means it was exactly the halfway point of this book. I do not believe this was by coincidence!
  6. Uncontrolled fear keeps us in our comfort zones and out of the miraculous! Before Peter could walk on the water he had to get out of the boat of his comfort zone.

Ways to Overcome fear:

  1. Jesus was prayed up before he went and faced the storm. Matt. 14:23, “After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.”
  2. Jesus kept walking in the midst of the storm. Jesus did not sit down in the midst of the storm. He kept going. Sometimes the best thing to do is keep getting up everyday and not give up.
  3. Jesus set his mind on the destination and did not let fear dissuade him.
  4. We have to listen to the voice of Jesus in the midst of the storm. Matt. 14:27 We do this during our prayer and Bible reading times.

The amazing thing about this story is that Jesus never delivered them from the storm, but rather he walked with them through it! Most often we are crying and begging God to deliver us from the storm when in all actuality, he would rather walk us through it.

Coaching Question: What helps you to keep going when facing fear in your life?

About Eric

I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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5 Replies

  1. One of the things that helps me the most with fear is prayer. I pray through the facts that God loves me, that he’s in control, that he’s all-powerful and all-knowing, that he knows best, that he will do what’s best for me… It ends up reminding myself and soothing any fear or anxiety.

    1. Eric

      Prayer is probably one of the best deterrents to fear. It helps us to gain perspective when we need it the most.

  2. “If our God is for us than who can be against us!” Fear also implies that we don’t trus God and his promises. Fear needs to be met head on. There is no other way around it. God Bless.

    1. Eric

      That is one of my favorite Scriptures. When we live by fear we truly do say that God is not big enough to handle our problems. Fear can turn into idolatry if we are not careful because it forces us to look at the wrong thing in our lives.

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