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Don't go through life shackled by worry. Norman Vincent Peale shares 4 simple steps to free you of anxiety.
What are you afraid of? Maybe it’s losing your job or your home. It could be ill health or public speaking or even flying. Perhaps you struggle with fear of failure or divorce. I have good news, no matter what frightens or discourages you: You don't need to go through life shackled by those fears.
How can you be free of them? I will answer that question in four words: FAITH CANCELS OUT FEAR. Faith is stronger than fear. That is saying a great deal, because fear is very strong. But faith is very much stronger. The Bible is literally full of texts on overcoming fear. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea” (Psalm 46:1-2). “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe” (Proverbs 29:25). “Perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18).
But one of the greatest fear/faith verses in found in 2 Timothy 1:7: "For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." Power? What power? The power of faith. Faith can take a weak, fearful, defeated individual and completely change his life.
Here’s how to make faith conquer your fears:
1. Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.
The person who is afraid cuts himself off from the flow of power. But when you venture boldly, letting yourself go, then from the depths of your being, perhaps also even from the life-force of the universe itself, there comes a flow of power in response.
2. Deny adverse conditions.
Don't go around saying or thinking, "Conditions are against me," or "Things don't look good." Face facts, but realize it often happens that a person is defeated not so much by the facts of a situation as by his negative interpretation of the facts. In every problem there is an inherent good. Believe that.
3. See and constantly picture good outcomes.
By envisioning good things you actually bring good influences into play, both within yourself and in the world around you.
4. Practice brotherly love toward everybody.
Don’t just be nice or kind to those who treat you that way. Reach out.
As you go about your day, say to yourself, "I am strong in the Lord. I am not afraid. For God has not given me the spirit of fear; but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
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