How to Conquer Your Fears
By Drenda Keesee
With the spread of the coronavirus and the growth of fear surrounding it I want to give you some tips on how to conquer your fears.
“COVID-19 is spreading.”
“The government is going to shut down.”
“You might already have the coronavirus without knowing it.”
We’ve all lived through several weeks of being bombarded with one negative report after another, with stats and charts and dire predictions, and with our lives slowing to a crawl, flat out coming to a complete halt, or being turned upside down.
Right now, you might even feel like you’re in the fight of your life against fear and hopelessness.
When you hear negative reports everywhere you turn…
…it’s easy to bow down to fearful thoughts. Fear is a real emotion, and it will try to paralyze you if you let it. God has plans He wants you to fulfill that are bigger than you could imagine, but fear will keep you from stepping out in faith!
Fear makes us focus on the problem or circumstance instead of the future God has for us. Fear makes us think of the worst-case scenarios instead of what we can be doing right now to share the love of Jesus and see people saved. It makes us lose sight of reality and the promises of God.
BUT OUR GOD IS BIGGER. He knows what is happening, and there is NO problem He can’t solve.
You don’t have to live as a slave to fear!
God Has Called You to Greater
God has called us to live extraordinary lives. He wants to use us to promote His Kingdom and share His love with the world. God is still moving and is still performing miracles today!
God wants to move through us and demonstrate Himself to the world! Jesus told His disciples before He left, “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father” (John 14:12, NLT). Satan knows that God has incredible plans for all of our lives. One of the methods he will use to keep us from following God’s plan is fear. He will use fear to convince us that we are not capable of all that God has for us, or that the risk isn’t worth stepping out.
If you’re looking for a path to your purpose that doesn’t require you to take any risks, you’ll be waiting forever…
You will never be able to pursue the destiny God has for you without the courage to step out in faith!
How Satan Uses Fear
Fear works little by little. It starts with allowing one thought of worry to live in your head and slowly tries to grow until fear becomes a way of life. Fear will hold you captive if you let it!
My mama used to always tell me, “Now Drenda, don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.”
That is such a great analogy for what fear does in our lives! Fear turns tiny problems into huge, paralyzing obstacles!
When fear tries to rise up inside of you, take a step back and get a God perspective on the situation.
Fear can manifest in many different ways. It can lead to stress and anxiety, as well as impact our overall mental health.
Think about it: How different would your life look today if you were completely fearless? If you had NO FEAR, what would you do differently?
How to Conquer Your Fears
So, what’s the secret to overcoming fear?
The Bible tells us to cast down every imagination that goes against what God’s Word says (2 Corinthians 10:5). That means when you start to imagine symptoms of sickness, you have to make that imagination line up with the Word of God that says by His stripes you are healed!
Use the Word of God as your weapon against fear by renewing your mind to the TRUTH of His promises!
When you know that you know that something is true, it doesn’t matter what the news says, what a doctor says, or what you read on social media. You know it’s a lie!
That is why it is so important that you renew your mind with God’s truth just as much as you are renewing your mind with the world’s facts.
When you renew your mind and spirit with God’s Word, you can live free from fear!
That’s why Gary and I are so excited to release several free resources to help you conquer fear once and for all!
Go to FaithLifeNow.com/TV to enjoy free resources to help you renew your mind, including Live Whole, a free 24 hour streaming of scriptures read out loud about healing, and Fear Not, a free 24 hour streaming of scriptures read out loud to help you unlock total peace!
Having confidence in God’s plan can be scary, especially when you don’t have an alternative option. No backups, just God. There have been many instances in my life where Gary and I have felt called to something and people looked at us like we were nuts! But each time God showed up, it increased our confidence that the next time He called us to do something, He would show up again.
After years of following Christ, I can confidently say that He WILL show up every single time. I’ve seen it not just in my life, but I have seen it in so many others’ lives as well. It might not happen the way you pictured it, but God’s plan is better than anything you could ASK, THINK, or IMAGINE (Ephesians 3:20)!
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27, NLT).
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Drenda Keesee’s contagious zeal and humorous personal experiences help make her ministry of spiritual, emotional and relational wholeness one that will bless your life and spark a new fire in your spirit.
A wife of over 30 years and a mother of five children, Drenda has ministered at churches, seminars, and conferences, and through the mediums of television and radio, for more than 20 years.
Her books, The New Vintage Family, Better Than You Think, and She Gets It are available wherever books are sold. In these heartfelt books, Drenda shares her personal journey and the life lessons that have brought her to where she is today, as well as practical answers that all people need to live a joyful life.
Drenda and her husband Gary founded Faith Life Now, a ministry designed to spread the message of freedom in the areas of finances, faith, marriage, and family. Tune in for their weekly messages here. Faith Life Now hosts conferences worldwide, and sponsors both Fixing the Money Thing, which Drenda co-hosts with her husband Gary, and Drenda.
Through their own life experiences, the Keesees have found the principles from God’s Word to be powerful and effective. At one point, Drenda was a young, suicidal feminist with no hope of ever being “good enough” for her own standards of perfection. She never wanted the “inconvenience” of a husband or children, and she was on her own path to success. But the stress of trying to achieve perfection and perform for love left her broken and used. She had success, but it was nothing compared to the pain and loneliness it had also brought.
That’s when God got a hold of her heart. It was there—at her lowest point—that she found the One who accepted and loved her, faults and all. Since that transformation, Drenda has had a passion to reach women who find themselves where she once was.
She married Gary after attending college, and there she found herself in a personal boot camp of sorts. She says, “I cried and told God, ‘I can do anything but be a wife and mother.’” She committed to learning how to do it God’s way. Through the many years of raising their children and struggling to make ends meet, Drenda learned from their mistakes. “I didn’t know how to be a wife and mother, but God saved our marriage, taught us how to parent our children for success, showed us how to have financial success, and then irony of all ironies, He called us to ministry.” It’s truly because of these life experiences that Drenda can now share so many insightful principles for people who are now going through the same struggles.