How often has fear prevented you from doing something?
I would like to say that it’s good to be fearful sometimes. I would like to say it protects us in some way. I would like to precariously illustrate its good and bad qualities; however I cannot bring myself to do so. Fear in its entity does not protect us, or help us in any way.
To clarify for those who believe fear has “good” to contribute to our lives. Scientists have concluded that the hormones released when we are afraid over time, causes a multitude of illnesses and health problems. The body does not perceive fear as, good fear and bad fear, it receives fear as fear; a destructive emotion. And the hormone oxytocin released when we are happy, at peace and relaxed, over time improves our overall health.
Fear is a debilitating emotion, its sole purpose is to drive us to our knees and make us weep. Like an uninvited guest it weasels its way in to the most vulnerable quarters of our being, progressively invading into unauthorized territories.
There are two emotions Fear and love, and all feelings such as unselfishness, impatience, kindness, hatred, freedom, control, compassion, and violence etc, stems from these two emotions. We act either in fear or in love.
To overcome fear we must first make a conscious decision to act in love. This will not be easy but it is possible.
The feelings associated with love are; unselfishness, tolerance, compassion, forgiveness, honesty, generosity, freedom, peace, merciful, humility, confidence, and trust. The feelings associated with fear are; gratification, impatience, hatred, anger, insecurity, cruelty, control, violence, arrogance, and jealously.
We are more afraid on a daily basis than we realize. Afraid to lose our jobs, be late for work, fail, appear poor, look uncool, afraid we are unworthy of love and so many others. Social pressures, alongside sickness, natural disasters and surrounding threats have instilled a lot of trepidation into our lives.
But where is this fear coming from?
The Bible tells us that fear is of the devil and not of God. 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us; God have not given us the spirit of fear, but he gave us the spirit of power, love and peace of mind.
Fear is a ploy by the devil to dispel us of our faith in God. When we are afraid, we have the propensity to first get angry with God, and then gradually lose faith in his abilities to help us. How can we think the designer and creator of the universe is incapable of resolving our problems?
That’s the power fear has over our mind. It distorts reality, blurs our vision, and cripples our minds. It is at those times we have to remember these emotions are not of God. It is at those moments we have to tap into the power and LOVE God has given to us.
To overcome fear which so often threatens our very existence, we have to first remind ourselves, fear is was not awarded to us, it is imposed onto us.
Then we must turn to God, the source of all love (God is love-1 John 4:8). The bible says; there is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love (1 John 4:18).
The ruler by which you will measure your progress in overcoming fear, will be by monitoring your fruits.
What are your fruits?
Your fruits are your characteristics. A person with love will bear the fruits of the spirit, which are; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
In brief, fear is of the devil and nothing that comes from the devil has anything good to offer.
Love is from God and those who do not know God do not know love. It is only through God we can overcome fear.
To anyone reading this, I would like to encourage you to spend time with God. We do not have to be alone in this world; we can choose to walk with God. Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before. A life of Love is a life worth living. Stay blessedJ.