How To Get Up When You Feel So Down…Part 2

Last week we said the first thing you must do to get up when you feel down is to focus your attention solely on God. Now that you have focused on Him you can move to the next step.

2. Ask God to remove your fears.

When we experience a tragedy or a set back we feel all kinds of emotions. We feel grief, we feel confusion, we feel doubt, we feel anger, and we feel frustration. All of these are emotions we have to deal with. But there’s one emotion that is more deadly, more damaging than all the others. That is fear.

It is usually not grief or anger that paralyzes us, but rather fear. If you’re going to get on with your life after a tragedy or set back you’re going to have to deal with the root of the fears and anxieties in your life. So Jeremiah prays this in Lamentations 3 “From the bottom of the pit [he’s really in despair][ever been there] I cried out to You, O Lord. And when I begged You to listen to my cry You heard me. And You answered me and told me not to be afraid.”

Ann Landers would often receive over 10,000 letters a day. Once when she was asked what’s the most common problem people write about, without hesitation she said “Fear”.

Everybody has hidden fears. We may fake it. We may pretend like we don’t have them. We may cover them up. We may medicate them. But the truth is everybody has fears.

The Bible tells us how to deal with our fears. I am presently thinking of at least three antidotes to fear. TRUTH – LOVE – FAITH

TRUTH – Jesus said, “The truth will set you free.” How is that an antidote to fear? Because most fears are based on ignorance or false information. They’re based not on the truth but on lies, misperception, misunderstandings, prejudices. That’s where most fears come from. As a human being you’re only born with two fears: as a baby it was the fear of falling and the fear of loud noses. That means every other fear in your life you learned.

You learned it from friends, from parents, from people on the playground, from people you work with, and the many experiences of life. Here’s the bad news: a lot of things you’ve learned in life aren’t true. Things you learned about yourself, the way you see yourself, things about God, things about the Bible, and things about life experiences.

When you build your life on those faulty assumptions and misbeliefs, the more misbelief you have in your life the more fear you’re going to have in life. You have all these things that cause the fears. [FEAR – False Evidence Appearing Real] That’s what Fear is. We’re afraid of things that we don’t need to be afraid of because much of our lives have been built on lies, misperception, misunderstandings, and prejudices.

You can’t just get of fear by saying, “I’m not going to be afraid anymore.” You have to replace the fear with truth in your life. The more you fill your life with truth – God’s truth – the more truth you have in your mind the less room there is for fear. You put in the truth and the truth will set you free.

You learned all your fears – that’s the bad news. The good news is you can unlearn them.

LOVE – The second way you get rid of fear is by filling your life with love. The Bible says, “There is no fear in love but perfect love casts out all fear.” It pushes it out. So the more of God’s love you have in your life and the more you give it away, the more you’re going to be confident and the less you’re going to be afraid. If you have a lot of fears in your life it tells me one thing: you don’t know God very well.

You see God is love, and love is always stronger than fear. What motivates a parent to run out into a street in oncoming traffic (a very fearful thing) when a child’s out there? It’s the love for that child. Love is always greater than fear. And if you fill your life with God’s love you’re going to have less fear. So build more love into your life.

FAITH – The third thing that reduces fear in your life is Faith. Let me tell you how this works. Faith doesn’t eliminate the feelings of fear. It gives you the courage to do what you need to do in spite of how you feel. That’s what faith does. Faith does not say it’ll take away all your fears and then you will feel really at peace about things. A lot of times faith is “I’ll give you the courage, the power, the energy, the stamina to go ahead and do the very thing you fear the most.”  To do the thing you don’t want to do because you’re scared to death to do it.

A mom was trying to encourage her daughter to jump to her in the pool. “Jump honey, said the mother.” “No mommy, I’m afraid.”  Then her mom said, “Do it afraid, it’s ok.”

Where do you get Faith and Love and Truth? What is the source of those three antidotes to fear?

A relationship to God is a must for one to live a life filled with truth, love and faith. The more you get to know God the more you’re going to have His truth, His love, His faith in your life. What I’m saying is this: all those fears you’ve got in your life, the antidote is not a formula. The antidote is a person. His name is Jesus Christ. The better you get to know Him, the less fear you’re going to have. “I prayed to the Lord and He answered me, freeing me from all my fears.” The antidote to your fears is not a formula it’s a person. It’s Jesus Christ.

It is not an accident that you are reading this. He wanted you to hear me say:  “Don’t be afraid. Don’t worry. Don’t fret. Don’t get anxious. Don’t forget that He can help you up wherever you are, and out of whatever you are into. You don’t have to be afraid. You don’t have to live with fear.” Call out to Him now.

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About Ron

Better known as Son of a Preacher, Ron started the first Christian Fellowship Church in Harlingen, Texas in 1982 and presently serves as a counselor, consultant and apostolic overseer to multiple churches and ministries.

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