Fears, what are they? How do we know them for what they are? How do we make them go away?
These are very interesting questions. I have spent a number of years learning about this particular
subject. And I feel it is time to share what I have learned.
When children are born, they have no fear. They are full of trust and love. So, how did this change? Well,
Fear is taught to children by the people that they trust the most. They are taught that there are consequences to their actions. This introduces them to fear. When they cry, they may be spanked, therefore, they are taught not to cry so that they are not spanked. Simple concepts such as these are taken with them throughout their lives and will be applied to each choice that they make. Sometimes, fear comes from someone else such as their parent, and they do not understand why they are afraid of the particular situation. They are just taught that they are to be afraid of certain situations.
Fear of animals, fear of the dark, fear of people, fear of places. These all have something in common.
They have been taught to us. So, how do we realize the fear in the first place? We listen to our hearts. We identify the fact that we are uncomfortable in a particular situation and then ask why? Why am I uncomfortable? Why am I afraid? Is there a deeper reason to my fear? After we ask these questions, we are to keep digging until the true feeling comes out. It is usually a simple reason. Look at it. Know it for the untruth that it really is, then let it go. Fill the hole that you just created with something positive that will stand in it’s place. Normally, it is something that has to do with loving yourself.
This is very hard especially at first, but give it some time. Do it over and over, and each situation will become easier to deal with. Know that you are not alone. That Heavenly Father and the Savior are there
right beside you while you are working on this. This is the comfort that is necessary to your healing. As you let go of each fear, you will find that you will be happier, you will have more energy to do the things that you want through the day, that your relationships with those around you become better and deeper.
There are many scriptures that are all about this feeling. Many of them are used to “Fear the Lord thy
God”, but these are not the ones that I am referring to. Instead, I am referring to the ones that state:
“Fear not”. For this is what we need to do. Fear not. In Genesis 15:1, it states: Fear not, abram: I am thy
shield, and thy exceeding great reward. This means that if we let go of our fears, let Heavenly Father
and the Savior take over, they will be our shield from the bad things that are in our lives and there will be a great reward if we trust. Is not peace a great reward? How about Genesis 26:24? Fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee… So, if we have no fear, then we have Heavenly Father, the Savior and the Holy Ghost at our sides. Is this not a wonderful blessing to have? Deuteronomy 1:21 “As the Lord God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.” I do believe that this is very true. When we are fearful, we are discouraged from attaining our goals. When was the last time that you said, “I can’t”? Is this not the best way to keep from doing what we have promised that we would do? Does this not encourage our feelings of discouragement?
There are many examples of these scriptures available. They are there to help strengthen us. They are to
encourage us, to help us. I promise that if you do these things, which are to find your fear, address it,
let it go and then fill it with something positive, you will have more strength, more happiness and more
ability to do the things that you really desire to do.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.