Fear Not! There is nothing to fear!

Just a few weeks ago, I was out taking my early morning walk when some ladies in my neighborhood yelled, “Be careful, Terri, there’s a skunk up there!” So, I changed my route  to avoid  this  skunk  that  I couldn’t even  see in the dark! This went on for several mornings. One day, I got tired of not getting to take my normal route, so I thought, “I’m just gonna go see for myself, take a chance and go the route I want to go.” I didn’t want to allow this skunk to ruin my path. So, I got closer and closer to where they said the skunk was…. and sure enough, I saw an oval-shaped thing in the grass with a white stripe all the way down the center. My heart was beating so fast! I was praying really hard – commanding him to stay away from me! I was walking as fast as I could, and I was prepared to spray him back with my tear gas!

I saw the ladies ahead and I warned them, “You’re right. The skunk’s up  there  today.” Later  that morning,  I was  taking my daughter to school and as I drove out of our neighborhood, I looked in the same spot that skunk was in earlier – and there it was….an oval-shaped thing with a white stripe down the center just  laying  in  the grass.  It was a  football! Yes,  I was  scared of a  football! It dawned on me, “All this time – we thought that football was a skunk!” I was allowing a football to scare me and stop me from taking the path I want to take!

It’s  been  said  that  F.E.A.R.  stands  for  False  Evidence Appearing Real! That’s how Satan works! He presents thoughts and  ideas  in  our  head  that  completely  PARALYZE  us  from going forward…when all along – it’s False Evidence Appearing Real.

The interesting thing is that I would still think that football is a skunk to this day and I would still be avoiding my favorite path and settling for a small path if I hadn’t seen that area “IN THE LIGHT”. It was only because the sun came up (the light was on) that I was able to see that I had fallen for a lie.

It’s the same with the Word of God. The more you read the Word for yourself and you let it get down on the inside of you – a LIGHT GOES OFF and you begin to see things you didn’t see in the dark. You begin to see that you don’t need to be afraid. You have nothing to fear!

Satan works through fear just like God works through faith! It takes fear to activate Satan’s power in your  life  just like  it takes  faith  to activate God’s power in your life. The scripture that has brought such peace and confi dence to me when I am facing fears (screaming in my head) is found in these seven little words: “Fear not! There is nothing to fear!” – Isaiah 41:10

Whatever you are going through today – no matter how small or how big it is: Fear not! There is nothing to fear! That’s easy to memorize! I have this hanging in my offi ce and I just glance over at it every time fear tries to stop me from going forward!

As I’m entering this new phase  in my  life of speaking more and more to live audiences and ministering alongside my Dad on the TV broadcast, I can’t tell you how many times I have to “build myself up” to overcome fear and just do it! Some people think,  “Oh,  it  just  comes  natural  to  her!” Ha!  I  stand  in  the dressing room confessing over and over, “Fear not, Terri. There is nothing to fear!”

Why  should we  fear not? The  very next part of  that  verse says, “For God is with you!” Don’t you just feel safer knowing somebody is there with you? When I was a little girl, I would sneak out of my bed and creep  into my  sister’s bed and  sleep with her. I just liked knowing someone was there.

No matter how alone you may  feel  in your  life, you’re not alone. God is with you. No matter how alone you may feel in never having enough money? Fear the opinions of others? Fear being  a nobody? Fear  that  you’ve wasted  too many  years  for God to use you now?

Wouldn’t it be sad to get to heaven and see what all you could have been, what all you could have done, and what all you could have had – but you let fear stop you? Don’t let “false evidence appearing real” stop you from God’s plan for your life!

Henry Ford said, “One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.”

I  never  realized  until  I  began  really  studying God’s Word for myself that the biggest struggles I’ve faced in my life have all been rooted in fear. Insecurity, low self-esteem, a poor self-image,  rejection –  they are all  rooted  in  fear. FEAR does not come from God. So, how do you confront your fears? You fight fear with a plan!

Plan 1: Build your confidence in God’s love for you!
Why?  Because God’s  love  will  drive  fear  out  of  your  life! There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear… (1 John 4:18 NIV)

In other words,  the more  you get  to  know God,  the more confident you become in His love for you. The more confident you become, the less fear you have. It’s like when you fi rst start dating someone, you’re not confi dent in their love for you…yet. It takes time to build that confidence. When you fiist go on a date, you’re not going to give someone your heart – you don’t even know them. You spend time with them. You communicate with  them  (that’s  sending  and  receiving  messages).  When you’re convinced they love you and you love them…..you have confidence in them.

It’s the same with God. The closer you get to Him, the more confident you become in His promises to you that He will never leave you nor forsake you, He will never let you down, He will always provide for you. That confidence is developed the more you receive His love for you.

Plan 2: Build your faith!
Fear and faith are two opposite forces. You are either full of faith or full of fear. Fear is the result of listening to Satan’s lies MORE THAN God’s  truth.  If you are full of fear, that  reveals whose voice is the loudest to you.

In order for anything to live, it has to be fed. If you find a stray dog and you give him a bowl of water and some dog food, he’ll be back back tomorrow. If you feed into the fears that Satan has planted  in your mind  (by thinking about them, talking  about them, worrying  about  them),  they’ll  stay. You have to starve what you want to die and feed what you want to live.

Lester Sumrall said, “Starve your doubts and feed your faith.”

How does  faith  come? Romans 12:2  says,  “Faith  comes by hearing  the Word…” You’ve got  to  start hearing God’s Word more than you’re hearing Satan’s lies which means one Sunday morning message is not enough. I’m speaking from experience. Listening to the Word has to become a part of your daily routine if you  truly want  to overcome  fear and  step out and do what God wants you to do!

What you don’t know can hurt you! The Bible says, “People are destroyed for a lack of knowledge!” Get on a quest to learn God’s Word for yourself. Start with one book and determine to  read  it  this month. Highlight  it. Meditate on  it. Don’t try to hurry through it just to check it off and move on to another one. Study it.

Satan is a liar, and he works through fear! God’s Word says, “Fear not! There is nothing to fear!” Nothing means nothing! You have to educate yourself in the Word. Build your knowledge of God’s promises to you. Nobody can make you do it!

Plan 3: Build yourself up in the Holy Spirit
Jude 20  says, “Build yourselves up on your most holy  faith praying in the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit is a gift God has given you to build you up, strengthen you, comfort you, guide you and help you. All you have  to do  is use  the  language He gives you. Make a plan to spend some time every day praying in your heavenly language! No, it doesn’t have to be for 1 hour a day in your prayer closet at 4:00 a.m. Commit to five minutes a day and watch what happens to you inside! It will do wonders for your spirit! It will give you the strength to confront those fears that are intimidating you!

No, it doesn’t make sense to our minds. It seems strange to pray  in  your heavenly  language  and believe  that  courage will come! I’m telling you from first-hand experience, it works! Every time Satan  tries  to  torment me with  fear, I  just go  in another room and walk around praying  in my heavenly  language until that peace comes  .  .  . and  then  I have  to make myself  just do what I know God’s telling me to do (regardless of how I feel!).

Remember, consistency is the key to change in every area of life. As you develop the habit of daily time with the Holy Spirit, you will gain strength, courage and wisdom little by little.

Plan 4: Build up your courage!
How? Speak courage over yourself. Some  things will never change  in  your  life  until  you  begin  speaking  the Word  over them! I have battled with  fear  in many areas of my  life, but I have overcome many  fears  and  this  is how! Speak  the Word! Speak the Word! Speak the Word! Yes, the bible says that you can have what you say, but you will not have what you say if you don’t SAY anything! You have  to  speak  it out!  I have  listed 5 excellent scriptures for you to start confessing today. These are powerful verses that address fear and they are the very ones that I speak over myself daily!

Scriptures to confess over yourself:
I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. – Psalm 34:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; they rod and thy staff, they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. – 1 John 4:18
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1
Fear not! There is nothing to fear, for I am with you… – Isaiah 41:10

Someone  once  said,  “What  you  repeatedly  hear,  you  will eventually believe”. And you believe your own voice more than anyone’s. As you begin consistently speaking faith-filled words over your life, fear has no choice but to leave!

Plan 5: Do it – no matter how you feel!
You can’t wait for the fear to go away – you  just have to do what you know God’s telling you to do! And you have to trust that God is right there with you holding your hand. You can do whatever God tells you to do. Starve your fears and feed your faith consistently. Determine that you will not allow fear to stop God’s plan for your life! Fear not! There’s nothing to fear!

  1. Azeb

    Terri, you and your dad are owesome. I have learned so many things from you two. God bless you.
    Thank you very much for your excellent teachings
    Azeb

  2. Franklin Smith

    Great article on fear. I have a renewed perspective that i should speak in my heavenly language for 5 minutes out loud by myself with God. Thanks,

    Franklin

  3. toyin

    Thank you so much Terri!!! Great article! Its a word in season for me at this time….

  4. Sylvia

    Terri,
    You’re truly gifted in your way of sharing. I cannot express enough how listening to you and your dad has helped me so in gaining knowledge and the understanding of who I am in Christ. May you continue your work for the Lord.

  5. Edwin

    What an awesome God we have. This have been a blessing to me. Continue blessing others with this wonderful message of being free of fear. God Bless you.

  6. harriet

    wow. thank you so much. i struggle with a horrible phobia and i can see that putting these steps into practice will help a lot! thanks!

  7. Belinda

    Thanks a lot for this message. I struggle with fear, especially of failure and fear of what people will think about me. But I declare I am coming out of this. Its been long enough and I have lost many life chances and sometimes even made a fool of myself because of False evidence appearing real. I like the accronym, because that is what it is. In life situations, when I have been cornered with no where to turn to and thank God for the people in my life who have encouraged me and helped me fght my battles, the results have been great. Now what if I activate faith, I will soar like an eagle.
    Now is my time. Many thanks for the encouragement.

  8. Jessica

    Wow that was a powerful confirmation of what I am facing right now thanks so much terri it was just what I needed

  9. Katie

    Terri I just wanted to say I love you! I’m almost done reading your book which relates to me totally! You break it down perfectly for me. You are helping me in my walk with Christ more than you know! Thank you so very much!

  10. Annah Mazuru

    thank you Terri,this is for me.from now on i am going to starve fear and feed my faith in God.

  11. Ron

    Wow! What a confirmation this message was for me. I lost my job in the middle of refinancing our home. All the paperwork had been submitted beforehand, so I was reasonably sure the loan would go through. Then an early morning call came requesting and updated paycheck for my wife, and I was also told that they would run a new credit report. The loan originated 4 months ago while I was still employed, now suddenly they are asking to redo the documents and I am unemployed! The new loan would cut our pymts by 1/2 and we could survive on my wifes salary until I find work, but now that new loan looks in jeopardy. Fear overcame in such a way that I was truly paralyzed. I couldn’t get out of bed. My body ached and trembled and I wept heavily. Satan had me captive and I couldn’t break free. My sister in law prayed over me and used the FEAR acronym. Later, I turned on the TV hoping to hear a message of hope. I found your broadcast and was deeply moved. I looked you up on the internet and in total disbelief I found this article. The shackles of fear are falling away at this very moment. Thank you for your ministry.

  12. Natalie

    i was just reading this article today and it is very inspiiring. I have been facing fear now for a long time and I notice that if I make a mistake. the enemy will just fill my mind with a lot fearful thoughts. even when I confess my sins and I know God forgives me he still tries to use my past mistakes againts me. I am much wiser now and I realize that the only reason why satan does this is because he knows that God has a plan for my life and he wants to destroy it. Terri I have implemented a lot of the scritures that you mention here. Thank you for sharing. I refuse to let the enemy hold me down any longer. like you said terri I have to become a fighter and fight.{ from one of your tapes}

  13. Gail

    Thank you Terri,
    this article about getting rid of fear is a good prescription. Thanks also for your step-by-step plans.

    Be Blessed

  14. Carrie

    Thank you Terri. This article has helped me more than you will ever know. May God bless you as you continue your ministry work..

  15. Bill Podaras

    Terri,
    Thank you so much for these encouraging words. The message on fear spoke to my heart and I will walk out of this trial and believe that God is in my life and will certainly use me. Today, I lay down fear and walk with faith in Jesus Christ.
    Peace,

  16. Trudy

    Terri,
    Thank you so much for these words of truth, I have been in so much fear lately and I really needed to read this.

    Blessings,

  17. Mrs. Bennett

    Terri this is wonderful and I loved the analogy of the skunk you used, that is something that I stugled with in the past, being afraid of the possibliity of something and there was nothing to be afraid of. I have really being choosing to meditate in the word more and your dad has a great teaching called stability in unstable times which is awesome (all his sermons are awesome of course) but this sermon particulary helpped me in this area. I had got a report from the doctor on something that could possibly be wrong with a pain I was having. I meditated on faith and memorized 1 peter 2:24 (by his stripes i’m healed), I also minimized watching tv and listening to music that did not glorfy God, evening while doing homework I’d have creflo dollar or jerry sevelle playing in the background and this situation forced me to confront fear. Two weeks later the doctor said everything was normal, i thanked God and relaized the power God has given me over fear :)

  18. Greg

    Terri,
    I have just started listening to you. I feel drawn to want to hear more of what you have to say. I have been a Christian for all my life, but was born again when my Dad died 13 years ago. Ever since that time I have felt like Job. It seems everything in my life has gone bad. The first being, my wife left me. My kids were little then, and I felt I missed so much of there growing up. It was hard for me to have relationships after that. I was married for 20 years. All I wanted was to meet someone and get my life back on track again. Someone that my kids would like. I got into some bad relationships which made my confidence plumit. My Son started having drinking problems, and got into trouble with the police. I didn’t trust my jugement in picking the right relationships so I withdrew. I’ve been alone for so long. Now I’ve lost my job. I feel more worthless than ever. I was fired and accused of doing something I didn’t do. I just can’t believe this is all happining to me. I’m trying desperately to listen to Gods word and stay strong and focused, but nothing seems to be happining.
    Thanks you for your ministry. I feel that God is speaking to me through you. I believe I ran accross you by his will. I want to listen and learn more about dealing with past pain and loss. I feel you know where I’ve been. I feel that God can help me through you. Thank you and Gob be with you Terri.

  19. John

    Thanks for sharing this eternal truth with us!

  20. Val

    Thank you . Procrastination over paper work has ruined my life..I see now I have not addressed it with defiance and the will and fight of the Spirit to help me. I have not been active enough in my mind.

    Great insight. Good writng

    Thanks so much

  21. Stanley W. Howard

    Great encouragement!!!! I first saw you Terri on tv talking about achieving your goals in life and was glued to the set! I just published my first book and am hoping for great things to happen! Thank you Terri for being obedient and following your dreams!!!

  22. Kim

    Thank you for keeping this up! I just started listening to you within the last month. I found this little strawberry blonde lady with such a sweet voice on you tube. Had no clue who you were. God definitely speaks through you! I finished one of your stopping the struggle tapings and it said to look for scriptures to speak out and low and behold they are here! Amen

  23. Sam

    May the Lord bless you Terri. You blessed me a lot.

  24. Jenny

    Thank you so much for this Terri!

  25. Anita

    Thank you so much Terri, came across your teaching on soul ties this morning through your TV programme as i was getting ready for work and it was just what i needed as i was depressed all weekend. I’ve been glued to your website all morning. God bless you

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