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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Fear

Paranoia ia a thought process heavily influenced by excessive anxiety or fear, often to the point of irrationality and delusion.


Fear is an emotional response to a threat. It is a basic survival mechanism in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger.
Fear should be distinguished from the emotional state of anxiety, which typically occurs without any external threat.
Fear is related to the specific behaviours of escape and avoidance, whereas anxiety is the result of threats which are perceived to be incontrolable or unavoidable.
Fear always relates to future events.



Jesus, continually emphasized the need; the requirement; the indispensable demand to resolve the issue of fear and faith. This fear is ostensibly tied to an understanding of value. Fear with regard to personal threats or difficult circumstances are not an indication of downgraded value. Fear is about facing the worst and still acknowledging a faith which sees through. Romans 8:15, "For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but yoiu have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba, Father!".


Matthew 10:28, "Therefore do not fear those who kill the body (and after that have no more that they can do) but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to detroy both body and soul in hell."
"Fear Him, ye Saints, and you will then
have nothing elst to fear."
Triskaidekaphobia (from Greek tris meaning "3", kai meaning "and" and deka meaning "10") is fear of the number 13; it is a superstition and related to a specific fear of Friday the 13th, called paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia. As an aside a University Professor who studies the phenomenon of these fears says when you can pronounce the words you are cured. This is far to placebic an assumption that if we would only recognize our deepest fears God will remove them. We have probably all confessed our fears to God and prayed, "Let not this sparrow fall." invoking the tenderness and mercy of God in our afflictions.  1 John 5:4, "for whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith." Luke 1:50, " ... and His mercy is on those who fear Him ..."


This is well and good to quote scripture to provide words of inspiration and encouragement, the problem lies with the fear becoming paranoia. Embedding itself in our physche. When an emotional state of being exists, which is so dibilitating that to move forward, to grasp at a straw of faith, an Olive Branch per se, is a movement of the universe, then we have entered a realm of existence designed to refute any consolation derived from faith and the procurement of peace as a result. There are people who live here. There are people beside you and I that are enslaved to fear.


Life before Christ enters a life that can be so filled with the aspects of terror, horror and monsters that the appearance of a hero may never be recognized as such. It is a tremendous step of courage, faith, to believe that salvation, and even more impoortant that protection is available. The intimidation that has occured in lives leaves an impregnable fortress or stronghold and its design is to withstand the onslaught of any and all knowledge which seeks to bring freedom. We fear freedom, throwing ourselves into the hand of God, because the forms and processes of this world have convinced us that being under authority constitutes enslavement and loos of power. When we hold to the structures of this world and resolve ourselves to compliance to the boundaries and prisons of this life, it is extremely pretentious to believe in rescue.


2 Cor. 10:3, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh." We are never left to fight fire with fire - we have been given the Blood of Christ. Revelation 12:11 "... and they overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony (faith), and they did not love their lives so much as to deny their faith and refuse to die for their faith."


I realize that these words are still resonationg as placebic it is because belief must precede faith, for without faith fear is a stronghold. Only faith can conquer fear and you must believe to have faith.


2 Cor. 10:4,5, "... for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (worldly, physical) but mighty ( divinely powered) for the destruction of fortresses, the pulling down of strongholds and everything that exalts itself, every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, destroying arguments, logic,rationality and defenses that oppose. These embattlements and thoughts are brought into the captivity ( a very contradictory use of language considering the topic) to obedience to Jesus Christ, ..."


Obedience to Christ exposes the impotent weapons of this world which are powerless to free souls from the barricades of fear.


The protecting love of God is to be trusted.

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