3 Tips for Conquering Fear with Faith

Facing your fears can be a challenge. Here are three positive thinking tips to get you started!

By Norman Vincent Peale

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There is no satisfaction in this world quite like overcoming fear. If you prepare for a frontal assault by thinking, believing and praying, you have all the ingredients to conquer and overcome fear in your mind and in your heart.

If the chief duty of a human being were simply to endure life, the prospects would be bleak indeed. A far better concept is to charge ourselves with mastering life. Then we can conquer our problems. Every one of us, at one time or another, will face a fear situation. The question is, “What can we do about it?” Some might try to run and hide, but others will find the strength to deal with it.

President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “I have often been afraid, but I wouldn’t give in to it. I made myself act as though I was not afraid, and gradually my fear disappeared.” That tremendous statement is worth committing to memory.

Eleanor Roosevelt said it well also. “You gain strength, courage, and condfidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” Here are some suggestions to help you do the same.

1.  Start thinking courage. We become what we think.
There is a law of attraction in this world where like responds to like. If you send out thoughts of fear, what are you going to get back? Fear. If you constantly send out thoughts of weakness, what are you going to get back? Weakness. If you constantly send out thoughts of defeat, what will you get back? Defeat. But, on the contrary, if you think thoughts of courage, then courage will flow to you. The more courageous your thinking, the greater the results will be.

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2. Cancel out fear by faith.
Adopt what might be called a spiritual crash program, a method for increasing faith quickly. To do this, I suggest taking large “doses” of faith into your mind. Work at it zealously and constantly, with the definite purpose of saturating your very consciousness with faith.

Search the Scriptures for passages that express the greatest faith men have ever had. Commit these to memory. Say them over and over, until they take hold of you, as they will, until finally they completely dominate your thinking. Example: “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4). Another is: I will fear no evil: for thou art with me” (Psalm 23:4).

3. Pray for courage.
I believe a person should pray for courage as he prays for his daily bread. God will give it to you, because He will give you Himself.
 

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Excerpted from Overcoming Anxiety and Fear by Norman Vincent Peale.
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