Pastor Steven asked the question, how we are affected by fear and anxiety. He asked what fear does to us, how does fear attack us and how do we deal with it?
I know what fear does to me. It causes me to become paralyzed, I am stuck in a replay of negative thoughts that condemn and I cannot move forward in anything I am doing in the natural. I cannot communicate past the issue that I am facing and most definitely cannot pray. It never even crosses my mind as a way out. So what do we do when that happens?
Each day, there should be a designated time that you set aside to talk to the Lord. Perhaps you are a consistent prayer warrior or you listen to praise music as you get ready for work. This is the time that you are entering into that sacred and intimate space that you reserve for the Lord. If you have built a relationship with Him that enables you to be free in Christ, confessing your feelings and thoughts to Him, this is the time you can break that spirit of fear that has you frozen.
During the morning, I have specific prayers that I say for each member of my family. But there are mornings when just talk tot the Lord and let Him know how I felt about something; and specifically, the thing that brought on the feeling of fear in the first place. We also have to go back to what God said about fear. 2 Timothy 17 (AMP) says, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of a sound judgement and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well balanced mind and self-control.] Hold on to the word of God. When you recognize that fear has tried to take over, seek God's Word and say, "It is written, God has not given me the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind." Then continue to worship and give Him thanks.