The Suffocating Liar

Fear. It’s a primal emotion, a built-in alarm system that can keep us safe from danger. But sometimes, fear overstays its welcome. It morphs from a helpful nudge into a suffocating grip, whispering lies that paralyze us and keep us from living the abundant life God promises.

The Bible acknowledges the reality of fear. In Psalm 56:3, David cries out, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you” (NIV). He knew the power of fear, but he also knew the power of God’s love and protection.

Fear can be a cunning deceiver. It tells us we’re not strong, smart, or worthy enough. It convinces us that the future is bleak and that God is distant. These are all distortions of truth, designed to keep us from experiencing the joy and purpose God has for us.

The Crippling Grip of Fear

Fear can manifest in many ways. It might be the crippling anxiety that keeps you from pursuing your dreams, the social anxiety that makes you avoid connection or the financial worries that disrupt your sleep. Fear can leave us feeling isolated, exhausted, and hopeless.

Replacing Lies with Truth’s Sword

The antidote to fear’s lies is God’s truth. Here are some faith-based strategies to combat fear:

Turn to Scripture: Fill your mind with God’s promises. Verses like Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (NIV), remind us that we are never alone. When fear whispers doubt, combat it with the truth of God’s unwavering presence and strength.

Pray Without Ceasing: Prayer is a powerful weapon against fear. Don’t just hold onto your anxieties; cast them on Him! As 1 Peter 5:7 instructs: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (NIV). Prayer is a direct line to God’s love and peace. Let your worries be known to Him, and trust He will see you through.

Seek Community: Don’t isolate yourself in your fear. Sharing your struggles with a trusted friend, mentor, or pastor can be a powerful step towards freedom. Vulnerability and connection can break the chains of fear and remind you that you are not alone in this battle.

Focus on Gratitude: A heart filled with thankfulness leaves little room for fear. Take time each day to reflect on God’s blessings in your life, big or small. Gratitude realigns our perspective and reminds us of the goodness surrounding us, even in challenging times.

Anchored in Hope’s Steadfast Current

The most beautiful truth in the face of fear? We are not alone. Jesus is our anchor, our steady rock in the turbulent seas of life. Hebrews 6:19 reminds us, “Let us hold fast to the hope that has been set before us, which is sure and steadfast, and enters into the inner place behind the curtain” (NIV). When fear threatens to pull us under, Jesus extends a strong, unwavering hand, pulling us back to safety.

Stepping Out in Faith

Fearful friend, take a deep breath and know this: you are not condemned by your fear. God sees your struggles. He hears your silent cries. Cling to His promises, replace fear’s lies with His unwavering truth, and take a step forward in faith, even if it’s a trembling one. With Jesus by your side, you can overcome any obstacle, silence any fear, and walk into the glorious life God has designed for you.

Encouragement for the Fearful Heart

Remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and loved more than you know. (This is a common quote; attribution is not required).

Remember that while fear may never entirely vanish from this life, its grip loosens as we grow closer to Christ. As we surrender our anxieties to Him and replace fear with faith, we experience the peace and strength that only He can provide.

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  1. What a lovely read. I learned many years ago that fear was the true opposite of love (and not hate as many would believe), why? Because true opposites cannot be present at the same time. So each time I am fearful, I try to ask myself “what of?” so I can let it go. Thanks for sharing with us at WTJR, I appreciate it.

    1. Melynda, that’s beautiful. I’m going to have to remember your wise words of wisdom.

  2. Beautifully said, Paula. I like that you recommended scripture, prayer, community, and gratitude. I think that’s a powerful combination. One of them alone might not be enough if we’re in deep–and I think God gives us many resources because we need them all. Thank you for sharing this inspiring post with us at the Will Blog for Comments #40 linkup. Hope to see you at #41, too. 🙂

    1. Thank you for your kind words Jen. I think there’s a powerful combination too.

  3. HI Paula, this is such a timely post for me. Fear and I have been tussling and slowly, with God’s help, faith has been winning. Great post, God bless

    1. Tracy, I’m so happy this touched you. God’s got you.

  4. Thank you, Paula! This is so powerful and encouraging. You spoke so much truth here about fear–it is crippling and I know what it’s like to be caught in fear’s grip. Knowing God’s truth and speaking, meditating on it helps release the grip over my heart and mind. I do pray to continue to fill my mind with God’s truth and promises. God bless!

  5. Thanks for this, Paula. Very encouraging and helpful.
    Thanks so much for participating and sharing at SSPS 314. See you again next week at

  6. strengthwithdignity

    So true, Paula, the antidote to fear, lies, and anxiety is God’s Truth! ~Visiting from LHC#29

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