Regardless of its affect, we have all experienced feelings that foster fear.
To give credence to the fact that feelings foster fear. I want to consider Peter in the Gospels, he struggled with fear when Jesus was taken from the garden to the chief priest house and he stood nearby. We all know the story. Three times he was pointed to as having known or followed Jesus and three times he denied it was true. I believe it was feelings of desperation, disillusionment and discouragement that fostered the fear which led Peter to deny his Lord.
If feelings can foster fear in a man who would later die a martyr’s death for what he knew to be true about this same Jesus, surely feelings can foster fear in me and you.
When this occurs in our life, I pray we can overcome those feelings by remembering though they may be realized, our fears are opportunities to demonstrate our faith. Then, as with Peter, we can be overcome by a faith that can and will defeat all our fears.
Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.