Fear according to dictionary.com is a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain etc.
Fear is a powerful force that can destroy if permitted. According to Hebrew 2:15, fear brings bondage.
Fear comes in two way; by knowledge and experience
#1 By knowledge;
According to Wikipedia, Knowledge is a familiarity, awareness, or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, skills, or objects.
Using this to drive home our point, we can say that fear comes from knowing (i.e awareness or understanding) of the dangers/pain attached to the occurrence of something or situation. This is often in the negative.
By most accounts, knowledge of danger or pain can be acquired in many different ways and from many sources, including but not limited to perception, reason, memory, testimony, scientific inquiry, education, and practice. (Wikipedia.org).
The first occurrence of fear in man was In Genesis 3, after Adam sinned, and God called out to him in verse 9. He said in verse 10 “I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself”
In response God asked him “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree which I commanded you that you should not eat? (Gen 3:11 MKJV)
I like you to understand that the forbidden tree is actually called, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, (Gen 2:17).
He got knowledge of his nakedness. Just like we get knowledge of our vulnerability to things and become afraid.
Before the fall, Adam was more conscious of the glory of God covering him that he was not bothered by his nakedness.
When you submit to the knowledge of evil over that of good, you give fear the foothold in your life. For example; submitting to the knowledge of poverty over prosperity, failure over success, death over life, rejection over acceptance and crisis over safety.
The more you know about the pain or danger that can result from these experiences, the greater your fear.
Please understand that fear can drive you farther from God.
#2 by Experience
According to dictionary.com, experience is a practical contact with and observation of facts or events.
Your experience and that of others can cause fear in you.
Experiencing failure can leave the victim in perpetual fear of future failure. So also, if one has experienced accident in the past, such can trigger fear of possibility of a repeat.
Most people stopped pursuing God’s purpose for their lives and settle for other plans because of a temporary failure or what they heard about others.
God instructed us in Isaiah 8:12 never to be afraid of the things that other people fear.
How to overcome fear
You can chase out fear through the door with which it entered. These doors are knowledge and experience.
The bible is filled with great and precious promises which are expression of God’s love. Your knowledge and experience of them is your escape route out of fear.
1John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Knowing God’s love and experiencing it will drive out any form of fear.
Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
God’s word is a comforter in the face of fear. When you study it and embrace it, you are sure to overcome fear. It is called the abiding love of God.
Deu 31:6 KJV says, 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.
God’s words are love letters from heaven, replace fearful thoughts with His words of love and you will experience victory over fear.
God is committed to fulfilling His words if we will be careful enough to believe and trust in His love.
Lastly, be given to prayer. The more you pray, the more confident you become. The Psalmist says “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4).
Learn to cast all your cares upon the Lord (1Peter 5:7) and you will discover that He will take care of all of them. Remain blessed