How To Overcome Fear

Are you Fearful?

“Fear them not therefore: for
There is nothing covered, that shall
Not be revealed: and hid that shall
Not be known.
What I tell you in darkness,
That speak ye in light: and what ye
Hear in the ear, that preach ye upon
The housetops.
And fear not them which kill
The body, and are not able to kill the
Soul: but rather fear him which is
Able to destroy both soul and body
In hell.”
Matthew 10:26-28.

Several years ago my daughter and I went to Chile, South America.  As a side trip we flew to the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. It is a national park of that country. We stayed on the ship as we went from island to island. This was truly a great adventure! A small boat would take us from the ship to an island.

What we saw was startling to both of us. The birds and other animals had no fear of any people that walked on their paths. There was a blue-footed booby bird which would not move. There were several occasions which I would come as close as 12 inches to the bird. It looked at me but didn’t move away at all.

They had no fear of any humans. We were told not to feed or to touch the animals – thus fear of humans had not been learned.

Fear is an unpleasant emotional state brought about by a given set of circumstances.

This must have been how our original ancestors lived among the animal kingdom. No fear. This had to have been a marvelous experience in the Garden of Eden. There was another time when animals did not rebel against mankind or better yet –  against Noah. You should read this in Genesis 7:8,9.

“Of clean beasts, and of beasts
That are not clean, and of fowls, and
Of everything that creepeth upon
The earth,
There went in two and two unto
Noah into the ark, the male and the
Female, as God had commanded
Noah.”

There was no fear in the beast. From what I read, the animals came to the Ark willingly & there was no fear.

In the world today, wild animals try to avoid us humans unless they seek to protect a territory, food supply, or one of their offspring. You shouldn’t try to walk up to a dove or some other game bird. The same would be true of a deer, a bear, or a mountain lion. As soon as possible these creatures leave the site. Fear becomes a dominant force in the mind of these animals.

MILITARY

When I was in the United States Army, I was taught to put aside my fear. There were several ways this was done. First and foremost, we were taught how to act and to react. There were several ways this was done.  We were instructed in how to operate the equipment which had been issued to us.

The rifle which we carried, had to be disassembled – then re-assembled very quickly. As a man who carried a Browning Automatics Rifle (BAR),  I needed  to know how to operate that weapon. I also needed to know how to toss a hand grenade.

The Army taught us how to be proficient, so that fear was cast aside.

 

The second way fear was to be removed was to learn about the enemy. They taught us about the enemy with whom we’d be in mortal combat with.

There were movies, lectures, and weapon displays shown to us so our fears would be overcome. Fear would be set aside because we knew who would be trying to kill us.

When we know the subject matter well – then fear is no more. In short, fear can be removed under the proper training.

Third, the mind must always be kept sharp, knowledgeable and able to think in a given set of circumstances. This may be more important than the first principle, too.  Fear can be analyzed.

Those three areas become quite powerful to move fear aside. When any of the three (3) are not covered and practiced; then fear will come back to haunt us in our daily lives.


IDEOLOGY

In our culture today, there are so many lies projected that it becomes very hard to overcome fears. One can see it around everywhere. There is a stench among us that – unless we conform – then the fear will take  over.

We fear that we won’t be accepted by the group and thus have – FEAR all around us.

 

You have noticed women who conform to a set pattern. Let me list some of the standards:

  • Flip flop sandals,
  • Tattoos on the ankles,
  • No make-up,
  • Shorts,
  • Uncombed hair,
  • Fornication without shame, and
  • Showing all – but the nipples of their breasts.

All of these and other patterns drive the female sex because of fear of not being accepted in society. Look around and see our culture.

The male species shows fear in different ways. Supposedly, it is a sign of being a macho man when they show how much alcohol they can drink.

 

When there is a get together or a barbecue, alcohol must be present. Otherwise, someone might criticize you.  In reality, this shows the lack of being a strong man.

Another sign of fear is when men don’t go to church or participate in spiritual activities. Even though it’s generally not discussed –  men are very susceptible to criticism. Fear can be seen in the actions of men. Men seek to conform to a group idea. Here are some thoughts:

  • Must have a new car every 2 or 3 years,
  • Must curse like a drunken sailor,
  • Have Tattoos over the body, and
  • Won’t discuss difficult issues.

The way men act is a sign that fear is a dominant factor in their acceptance among other men.

One of the silliest acts of fear is to play certain sports. It has been shown that football is detrimental to the joints and now we know the brain takes a beating every time a tackle has been made. Yet, we push boys and young men on the playing field – out of fear.

Playing sports is supposed to prove you are a man. Sports can be physically helpful. But, they should be done with restraint. Fear of crowd acceptance should never be a motivating force. Think it through.

 

WHO CAN HELP

As a society we are ruled by fear. We are taught to fear. Every day we are told to fear something. All one has to do is to look at the advertisements on T.V. and read the newspaper to see fear pounded into our people.

All one needs to do is to wait about three days and a brand new fear will be told to us.

Fear is when we are frightened or expect the worse. In the Bible, the word “fear” must have been written into the text at least 350 to 400 times. I have not counted how many times it shows up in Strong’s Concordance.

The first time fear is used is in Genesis 9:2, is when God spoke to Noah.

“And the fear of you and the
Dread of you shall be upon every
Beast of the earth, and upon every
Fowl of the air, upon all that moveth
Upon the earth, and upon all the
Fishes of the sea; into your hand are
They delivered.”

How To Overcome FearThere is only one way to understand how to deal with our fears it is to go to His Word. The great issues and how to deal with them can only be found in God’s word. The Psalms are replete with the word fear. It states in
Psalms 2:11.

“Serve the Lord with fear, and
Rejoice with trembling.”
Then in Psalms 147:11,  it is found.

 
“The Lord taketh pleasure in
Them that fear him, in those that
Hope in his mercy.”
Isaiah speaks of fear in Isaiah 41:10.
 
“Fear thou not; for I am with
The: be not dismayed: for I am thy
God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I
Will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee
With the right hand of my
Righteousness.”

Jesus tried to reassure people such as He did in Luke 12:32.

“Fear not, little flock; for it is
Your Father’s good pleasure to give
You the Kingdom.”

 

We who care about the U.S. Constitution, were fearful of the election of 2016. It seemed that the wicked evil demon and immoral Hillary Clinton was going to win the Presidency.

Praise God she did not! To many of us it was evident that God intervened in the election.

Because of the policies of the socialist muslim-leaning leadership of the  demonic Obama – we now are faced with that crazy young dictator from North Korea. Because Obama made closed-door deals. We’re not really sure WHAT  he did.

The economic policies that come out of  that cesspool we call Washington D.C., is enough to place fear in our hearts and minds. There is much to be in fear of today.

The basic problem that fear causes it is that we react without any intelligent thinking of the reason for fear. Fear must be solved on the basis of a Godly form of replacement.

First, we need to examine what it is we are fearful about.  This can be done in a calm way. Then, we know exactly what we’re afraid of.  In Matthew 24:42, Jesus told the disciples how to see events.

“Watch therefore: for ye know
Not what hour your Lord doth come.”

Recently, I read that 40% of the United States are Socialistic in their beliefs.  This is a fearful thought, since this means that 40% of the people see those in government as god-like.

Recently in the newspaper it was said that Odessa, Texas, my home town, is the worse place in Texas to raise a child.  It is the fifth worse place in the United States to bring up a child. This is a fearful thought!

Here are some of the areas of concern because of this:

  • Murder by young people,
  • Massive use of alcohol,
  • No control by parents, and
  • School rebellions.

These are items to be fearful about.

As a Christian, we are not permitted to become hermits. We must reach out to a world that needs righteousness. When we do nothing – then we will have even more fear.

What we are to fear is found in Revelation 14:7.

“Saying with a loud voice, Fear
God, and give glory to him; for the
Hour of his judgment is come: and
Worship him that made heaven, and
Earth, and the sea and the fountains
Of waters.”

Since we know God created us  –  we also know that He can destroy us!

 

CONCLUSION

  1. Look fear in the face,
  2. Analyze your fears,
  3. Know what Bible says about fear, and
  4. Understand the reassurance that Jesus taught us about fear.

 

KEEP THE FAITH!

 

LEAD ME TO CALVARY

“King of my life, I crown Thee now,
Thine shall the glory be;
Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow,
Lead me to Calvary.

Refrain:
Lest I forget Gethsemane,
Lest I forget Thine agony;
Lest I forget Thy love for me,
Lead me to Calvary.

Show me the tomb where Thou wast laid,
Tenderly mourned and wept;
Angels in robes of light arrayed
Guarded Thee whilst Thou slept.

Let me like Mary, through the gloom,
Come with a gift to Thee;
Show to me now the empty tomb,
Lead me to Calvary.

May I be willing, Lord, to bear
Daily my cross for Thee;
Even Thy cup of grief to share,
Thou hast borne all for me.”

 

Gerald K Fugit
September 10, 2017

DiggingOldWells.com

 

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