Faith Cancels Out Fear

Don't go through life shackled by worry.  Norman Vincent Peale shares 4 simple steps to free you of anxiety.

By Norman Vincent Peale

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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).

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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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Worrying does not change anything. Have faith that God is with your son and will keep him safe. Put it in the hands of the Lord I have prayed for my daughter for 5 years or more as she is mentally ill. She get a good job when she is in her right mind. When she is delusional nobody can get her to stop. Loses jobs and hits bottom and then works her way back up. Please pray for her to get medical help. As she is having one of her episodes, I can not take this struggle much longer. I pray daily and long.Thank you Lord for all my Blessings.

I have GAD ( generalized anxiety disorder )and panic attacks I feel constantly doomed...I've tried therapy and medication, nothing has helped... fear is a constant companion... I pray every day God will help me to overcome , and if it's not his will at this time then please help me to be strong enough to stand it.

To those who are suffering, like justmary and others -- please, this is when the community of believers, called a "church", will support you. If you haven't been going to church, go now! There are so many ready to welcome you with open arms, to provide food, clothing, shelter, job assistance and other needs. You do NOT have to go through this alone. Also, read the bible, especially Psalms.

"Lean not unto thine own understanding, but trust in the Lord and He will make straight your path." Proverbs 3:5

God is good. I lot my husband, a son and a brother within 2 years of each other. They had all lived in our home and my son who was 23 at the time took it very hard and started drinking heavily. He lost his job and got very depressed. I prayed and prayed that he would quit drinking and got him to start praying too. One day last February out of the blue he said he was going to quit drinking. He hasn't had a drink since and has accepted all the deaths and moved on with his life. That is truly a miracle. Thank you Jesus.

well..my husband was in bad shape following surgery. i prayed and prayed endlessly as well as many friends & family. i finally just was so worn out that one night i just said "ok. take care of him for me, god, because there's nothing else that can be done. i have to get some rest." he died the next day. and now i'm not supposed to worry and wonder what i'm going to do without him? i have very little income and can't work. there's no pension or ss benefits available for me. what do i do now? i cannot help but worry. i'm finding it hard to just breathe. i can't sleep. what now? i'm supposed to just stop worrying about things? how do i do that? things have to be done don't they? nobody's going to do them for me.

My condolence to you. I came here to ask for prayers for my mother. She lost her husband to cancer early this month. There is no money left aside for mum, no pension, no house nothing whatsoever, and I worry about her for she is all alone. I understand what it must be like and I cant seem to stop worrying myself. All I can do is pray, pray and pray. And now that I know someone else is in a situation much like my mum's I am going to keep you in my prayers too.

Just look back in your life and remember the times you didn't think you would make it. You are here. God never puts more on us than we can handle. Sometimes we are put in situations that show us just how strong we really are. One year my husband left me for another woman. He told my daughter that thought that was her dad that he could not be her dad. We both worked for the same company and some how I ended up fired. A week later I got served with custody papers and thevwoman he left me for had a ring on her finger. I sat in my car and cried. I then had realize I had to get up and live. I have turned my back on Jesus but he has never turned his back on me. I didn't know how the bills were going to get paid or how
we were going to eat. With Jesus I survived it all. 8 years later I have got a great job. I have custody of my children. I have Jesus by my side and all the bad that has happened and still happens I can truly say. I am blessed. It does get better just give it to Jesus and then leave it there. Have faith that he will

Praying for you and your situation, JustMary. Faith doesn't erase problems but faith makes it possible for God's kindness to come into us. I lost my husband of 43 years and my job and my hearing in the last year. You are not alone in your struggles. (One friend explained it to me as the great ships sit out in the deep when there is a storm. They do not come into the harbor until the storm subsides. The great cargoes of life also come in on quiet seas.) Oh precious Lord, send Your mighty angels to surround JusMary and give her peace and comfort and show her that You make a way where there is no way, and that is Your job, which You have been doing all along. In Your precious Name dear Jesus and by Your Precious Blood, I ask You to comfort and bless this precious woman with Your sufficiency.

Justmary. I will keep you in my prayers. You are facing many problems. I pray that thr Lord open doors for you and that help comes your way. Many Christians read your comment and I am sure that the will also pray for a viable solution. I also wish that the Lord will give you peace and serenity. We are spiritually in agreement with you . I also lost my husband and understand how much pain you are going through. Let us pray for you. You have very normal feelings and takes time. I also pray for prosperity and abundance for you and that your friends keep emotionally supporting you something unexpected may happen to alleviate your situation. In Jesus'name we pray. Amen

thank you for your prayers

This past week my heart went into a-fib. they stopped it and restarted it by shocking it. it worked and Jesus was there with me every step of the way. Now I stand on that Jesus said my heart is healed therefore it is healed regardless of what the dr. says. This is faith and believing - mind over matter works.

This was a blessing for me today about fear. We should never forget whom we serve, Almighty God!!!! He is in control of all circumstances. I need to always envision good things. Thanks for the encouragement of a good word.

Be Blessed to be a Blessing!!!!!

Donna Davis

What is good? That God is with you and your son. That God loves us more than any person can. When in the middle of a worrisome time we may not feel God but He is still with us. Pray and trust God completely.

Viki,
I just came online and saw your message. I will pray for you and your son, for a positive outcome -
Lisa

Although I believe in brotherly love, etc., I don't see what that has to do with this article. Try as I may, I can't even remotely tie it in . . .

Believing that there is inherent "good" in everything bad? That sounds a little strange. Right now, it's 1 am and I'm waiting for my 23 yr old son to come home and I haven't heard from him since 6 AM yesterday morning when he and his friend arrived at a job site two hours away. I try texting and calling, but there's no answer. There's no one I can contact.

So, tell me, if you can, what's so good about me sitting here wondering where he is???

If God is in control, and I believe he is, you could sit for days or weeks on end worrying and wondering needlessly where your son is. All the worrying in the world will not change God's plan for you and your son. Have faith that God will be with him and lead him home again and truly believe that with all your heart. Then go to bed knowing that God is in control.

A Former Worrier for 60 years.

Amen, you said it all. Now just to remember those wise words...