Friday, October 7, 2011

Fear—At its Center—Is a Loss of Control

Most of us do not realize how deeply fear is rooted in our everyday life.  
We literally live in a culture of fear.
And fear leads to unbelief in the Word,
And power of God! *

“For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and a sound mind.” 
2 Timothy 1:7

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.”
1 John 4:18

“Fear involves torment.”
Isn’t THAT the truth!

But we, who Believe, have been given a SOUND mind!

The nature of fear is to deceive (mislead by a false appearance or statement; outwit, misrepresent, dupe, misinform, misdirect).   When we are fearful, we are vulnerable to exploitation, manipulation, deception, and control.  The enemy knows this and uses it to his full advantage. *

Fear distracts us, 
making us self-absorbed so we are not effective!

Fear—at its center—is a loss of control!

Did you know that there are 365 references to “do not fear” or “fear not” in the Bible?

So how do we not fear?

Scripture tells us fear is not of God. 
Fear is lack of faith—
the root of fear is the result of not knowing
or understanding
or believing
in God’s character and His word.

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you.  Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you.  I will help you.  I will uphold you with My victorious right hand.”  
Is 41:10-13


Want FAITH, WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING in all things Jesus!

“When you have holy fear, you will fear nothing but God!
When you have unholy fear, you will fear everything but God!
Michael Yousseff

* Living Free; Mike Riches; August 2007; pg 70