3 Ways to Break the Chains of Fear

We often allow outside influences to shake our internal foundation. This shifty feeling results in being a prisoner of fear. Fear completely immobilizes us. If allowed to fester in ones heart, the results are detrimental. Fear stops us in our tracks. The reality of that business you dreamed of opening quickly diminishes. That book you wanted to write remains a blank saved document. The trip you wanted to take is just a burning desire in your mind. Do any of the aforementioned scenarios sound familiar?


You’re not alone. When I was 20 years old, I met a woman named Doris who told me that God gave me the gift to write. A voice of doubt crept in my head for quite some time. The voice repeatedly reminded me of how flawed and unqualified I was to share words of wisdom. After wrestling with internal woes and worrying about past mistakes and how others would judge my writing, I began to believe her. However fear set in and I allowed it to hold me hostage. It took 21 years to break the chain of doubt and I finally published my first book in 2011. Here are three ways that you can do the same:

  1. Pray and trust God When fear takes precedent in our lives, we are telling God that we do not trust in his abilities. Pray incessantly and talk to Him just like you would a friend. If you are not comfortable praying, here is a simple prayer to start you out: Precious Father, in the name of Jesus, I ask you to remove all fear from my heart and mind. Help me to move pass any barriers that come before me with strength and courage. I lack the ability to trust you Lord and I need you to correct my thinking. Please break the chains of fear and help me to cross the finish line of my personal goals that are intended for your glory Lord. Again, I ask this is Jesus’ name, Amen!
  2. Shed the naysayer – As a teenager landing an internship at an accounting firm, my dad gave me two pieces of advice. He said, “Everyone should not be invited in my circle and to keep my mouth shut about personal things (especially at work)”. The same is true for our personal relationships. There are some people who are not qualified to hear about your goals. Everyone is not in your corner and goal snatchers are sometimes waiting to yank your ideas the moment they catch wind of them. If you find that negative comments are the primary feedback of those around you, shed these naysayers and flock to a more positive environment. There do exist friends who speak the truth with love and will share the practical side of decisions you make with grace.
  3. Find an accountability partner (s)- It makes a difference when we wake up knowing that someone else is rooting for us and genuinely concerned about us achieving a goal. Tell a spouse, child, friend, trusted advisor, mentor, parent(s), sibling, and/or someone you trust that you have been allowing fear to erode your thoughts. Choose someone who will actually follow through with reminders and motivation. Ask for their help in holding you accountable each day, week, month. The latter depends on the schedule you have mapped out in writing. Respect their time and keep the check-in session to approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Develop a written or electronic schedule that has a consistent day and time for them to call or email you. Feel free to choose more than one accountability partner.

Each of these steps are critical to help prevent outside influences from shaking our foundation. Don’t remain a prisoner of fear. Take your time in developing these healthy habits. Start out with 15 minutes daily practicing these three steps. Let’s help one another in the journey of breaking the chains of fear by writing down or commenting below: one goal you want to achieve in 30 days and a barrier that is holding you back. At this moment, I humbly ask the Lord in Jesus’ name to enhance your mind, body, and soul for His glory by giving you strength to break the chains of fear !

Blessings and agape love, Ro
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  • Sharon
    Posted May 18, 2016 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    This blog appeared in my timeline at the right time. I am trying to get a job after being laid off 2 years ago. I’m over 40 and haven’t had a good interview or job offer. After reading this I believe fear is the problem. Thank you. I really needed this.

    • Posted May 19, 2016 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for your kind sentiments Sharon. I’ll be praying for God’s plan to unfold in regard to your career..specifically for Him to show you clearly what He has in store for you. May fear be removed from your heart as well.

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    Posted May 18, 2016 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

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    • Posted May 19, 2016 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

      Thank you very much CB. All glory to God indeed!

  • Q
    Posted May 18, 2016 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Love your writing style and I love the content! It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for me after a difficult week. Thank you πŸ™‚

    • Posted May 19, 2016 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for your kind compliment Q. All glory to Him who makes all things possible. I’m happy to hear these words of Biblical wisdom can be of help to you during a rough time. God has your back!

  • Patty Baumgard
    Posted May 18, 2016 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Putting small steps into place can result in noticeable change that can continue to add up is so important. The feeling of “being stuck” and no progress is discouraging. Fear makes me “second guess” and then doubt the possibilities. Thanks for laying out an Action Plan.

    • Posted May 19, 2016 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

      Yes Patty, I concur. Remaining in a stuck stage is definitely unhealthy. I’ll be praying that all fear and doubt be wiped from your mind and that your thoughts are replaced with positive ones. You’re welcome in regard to the action plan and I’m praying for those steps to play a key role in muting out the voices that encourage internal fear.

  • Muna
    Posted May 18, 2016 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Thank you very much .I saw this on my Twitter tl and I’m glad I took out time to read this. I’m a student and I’ve been searching for a job for about 3 weeks but I’ve not been called upon for any one . This message has made me understand that I have to keep a positive mind because God is in control and he will definitely answer my prayer So thank you dor this and God bless.

    • Posted May 19, 2016 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

      You’re welcome Muna. So happy to hear that this blog could be of help to you. God is good! I’ll be praying for a job opportunity to come your way. God certainly has a plan for you. Have you tried talking to your career department at school and/or college? There may be upcoming career fairs as well. It may be beneficial to also talk to a headhunter. I’m not certain what area you live in or the field you seek but if you do a quick google search for headhunters in your area, many would surface. Please leave me a reply message and let me know how things turn out for you. Thanks for your well wishes and may God continue blessing your endeavors as well.

  • Sonya
    Posted May 19, 2016 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Thank you for writing such an inspirational blog!

    It is so hard to get past the fear sometimes, but when we do amazing things happen. It is nice to know that we can have control over our fears and trust in God and ourselves to be on our destined path.

    • Posted May 19, 2016 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

      You’re more than welcome Sonya and thank you for your kind sentiments. Amen..I concur with your thoughts. We can’t go wrong when we trust in God. Blessings on the remainder of your week!

  • Alan
    Posted May 19, 2016 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the reminder of these powerful principles. For me, Implementation is the key – your simple (but not always easy) steps give a path to follow if I choose to. Pray for this to inspire engaging effort on my part!

    • Posted May 23, 2016 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

      You’re welcome Alan. Yes, I concur that implementation of these steps are essential in conquering fear. I stand with you in prayer in Jesus’ name!

  • Jacquie
    Posted May 22, 2016 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Wonderfully received, all 3 steps. The 3rd step spoke the most to me. Setting up clear boundaries with an accountability partner. There is a great power when two come together. Thank you for honest words.
    Our feet, Gods wisdom.
    Please keep on penning your words. Resting in Gods assurance that He know the intentions of our hearts. Congratulations your book.

    • Posted May 23, 2016 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for the kind sentiments and you’re welcome Jacquie. Indeed “God’s wisdom” is the most important aspect in the equation. Thanks for your encouragement and well wishes. I’m blessed far beyond what I deserve. I intend to write about many more topics each week. You’re appreciated!

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    Posted July 1, 2016 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Fear can be a horrible detractor – great message Ro!

    • Posted August 15, 2016 at 2:25 am | Permalink

      Thank you for your kind sentiments Gerry. All glory to God indeed!

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