We all know that the primary tool the devil uses to fight us is deception. Fear is an epitome of deception. It is the mother of all shortcomings that hinder all human advancements.
There are 3 great enemies everyone must overcome on their way to achieving their destiny:
The relationship among this unholy trinity is such that man due to his frailty allows indecision to cripple him. This indecision crystallizes into his doubting the results of his actions or inactions. They both blend slowly to form Fear.
Without fear in your life, your capabilities are limitless. Come to think of it, God’s hands are not so short that He will keep your destiny where the devil will reach it. Now the devil cannot reach your destiny, but he can reach you. He can’t keep your destiny away from you, but he can keep you away from your destiny. He knows you’ll stop at nothing to reach it. He becomes afraid you’ll eventually reach it. To counter your aspirations, he uses his own fear against you. He sets daunting circumstances before you. He uses fear to infiltrate your strongholds. He doesn’t move your destiny higher away from you, he actually moves or derails you away from your destiny by setting you off-course. Once you lose concentration, he wins.
There are six basic fears that cripple humanity:
- The fear of Poverty
- The fear of Criticism
- The fear of Loss of Love of Someone
- The fear of Ill Health
- The fear of Old Age
- The fear of Death
Every other form of fear you may have can be categorized under one or more of these six basic fears. Of specific interest of discuss in this article however is the fear of Poverty. Most of our daily actions and inactions are driven by this fear—subconsciously. Nothing brings humanity much suffering and humility as poverty.
Everyone has this fear. If you express indifference towards serious matters in your life, indecision in tackling problems, doubtful of the consequences of your actions or inactions, worry over what tomorrow might bring; neglect of personal appearance, lack of poise and self-confidence, and depend on drugs or alcohol or other equivalent to control yourself. If you’re overly cautious, pessimistic and are a staunch procrastinator, and there are scores of other such symptoms, then you are living with this fear.
There are four practical ways as simple as ABCD, to combat any form of fear:
- A. Autosuggestion
- B. Bible study
- C. Courage
- D. Desire
Desire (The starting point of all achievement)
It is for the reason of the words in bracket that we’ll start our x-ray with Desire. The strong, positive, purposeful and unbiased desire for anything is more than enough to propel you to its accomplishment. Note the emphasis on the word “positive”, because negative desires carry an equal power of destruction. Recalling biblically, Ahab’s desire for Naboth’s vineyard led to the destruction of his kingdom. Samson’s desire for Delilah ultimately led to his death. Kings Saul’s desire for power fueled his selfishness and jealousy which led to the death of every member of his household save for one cripple. Judas’ desire for silver led him to be the one to betray Jesus, his master and friend. The list is endless.
It is impractical to tarry for a cause you lack desire for. It would be like trying to start a car that has completely run out of fuel. You might succeed to push the car over a short distance, only for it to jerk back and forth, cough up dark fumes and come once more to a complete halt. If you do not so much as desire to be seated at the right hand of God on the last day, of what need would you consider being consistent with the Christian faith? Cultivate a healthy, positive and sensational desire for whatever you set your eyes on and life would have no choice but to let you have it.
Courage is simply the master of fear and never the lack of it. Being of courage takes the same effort it takes one to learn to ride a bicycle. At first, you pedal a few meters and fall. Gradually, you learn to keep the bicycle steady but as you try to turn left of or right, you might fall. With time, you learn to make those turns but you almost cannot climb a hill. Soon enough, you conquer those hills, but can’t brave the traffic. For each fear you overcome while learning, you encounter even bigger fears. “New level, new devil” like it is popularly said. Because your definite goal is to learn to ride the bicycle expertly, you were able to face and overcome those fears. You had courage and with it, you mastered your fears. Apply this principle to your present fear and watch it melt away. Remember:
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear, nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, His is the one who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake your.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Was it not because you believed you could learn how to ride the bicycle expertly that gave you the courage to learn how not to fall from the bicycle, and consequently, how to overcome the fear of falling? Much akin to this fact is that knowledge of what is contained in the Scriptures, the promises and prophesies; truths and affirmations and its solution to real time problems gives us the courage to stay put on a course and fight to the finish. Courage comes by belief, and belief is faith, and faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God i.e. the Bible. The book of Romans 10:17 (KJV) says “So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” It’s that simple! The more you read the Bible, the more you hear God speak to you, then the more you believe Him, and consequently the more your courage builds. With this courage, “you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you” (Philippians 4:13)
Autosuggestion is a term which applies to all suggestions and all self-administered stimuli or encouragements which reaches the mind through the five senses. Simply put, it is self-suggestion.
Through the dominating thoughts which one permits to remain in the conscious mind, (whether these thoughts are negative or positive is immaterial), the principle of autosuggestion voluntarily; reaches the subconscious mind and influences it with these thoughts. King Solomon, considering this principle, wisely said, “What a man thinks in his heart, so he is.” (Proverbs 23:7). The principle of autosuggestion is a practical way of applying the promises of the Bible to solving our daily life problems. By this, you play a perfectly legitimate “trick” on your subconscious mind by making it believe, “because you believe it”, that you must have the promise or goal you are visualizing. It involves the rendezvous of the five basic human senses within the sixth sense. You have to see your goal, smell it, taste it, hear it calling out to you and finally feel its acquisition, long before it begins to materialize in your real world.
These practical ABCD steps to overcome fear are for you and have been proven by millions to be the secret to breaking the yoke of fear in one’s life. Stop accusing relatives and neighbours for your backwardness, and spare yourself most unnecessary hours of deliverance sessions, or should I say, “witch-hunt”. As charity begins at home, so does self-diagnosis, and consequently, deliverance. God cannot deliver you from what you’re still holding firmly onto.
Cast away your fears by Desiring to do so, being Courageous about it, studying your Bible regularly and by applying practically, the principle of Autosuggestion.