Fear is a natural instinct that is born in every human being with few exceptions. For example; I saw on a TV show recently a story about a man who was born without any sensitivity to pain.
His life was very difficult because he could not tell when something was hurting him so he suffered as many as 60 broken bones and other terrible accidents so in a sense he had no fear. Average people have fear that is very much a primordial Instinct that doesn't really have to play a big role in our lives in our modern existence.
However, for most people fear does play an enormous role in that subconsciously we have developed beliefs very much like voodoo that controls our back of mind thinking that then infects our way of looking at everything. Fear is healthy and normal under the right circumstances but under the wrong circumstances fear is an irrational compulsion that is based in a broken way of thinking and believing that has not originally been part of who you were originally.
So, what kind of fear do you have? Is it an irrational fear of heights? Or perhaps you have a fear of water because of an experience you had as a child or as a young person nearly drowning... Or perhaps your fear is based on rejection are not being accepted by someone who you look up to or someone you would like to be close to?
That kind of fear can drive a person mad if not carefully observed and consciously dealt with. The bigger question is, how much does fear rule your life and in how many different ways?
I knew a man who bought a citrus ranch but continue to drink bottled orange juice because of the fear of the unknown… What was in his mind whispering to him… could there be some kind of contamination of the oranges? Could there be parasites or germs on the orange peels?
On the face of it, it seems so completely absurd and yet because of programming, uncontrolled emotions and mental confusion the man was unable to pick an orange from his tree and make himself orange juice. I've heard it said that emotion is the mother of addiction so the question is what kind of emotion was present when you acquired the fear that controls you?
What kind of emotion was it that caused you to become suggestible in a moment of stress or a moment of panic about something that you'd either did not understand or perhaps had tremendous resentment or anger toward while it was happening?
Emotion from the Latin word emote meaning “to move from.” Emotion is a mover of our mind and when emotion affects the way we think those kinds of thoughts then begin to precede actions that we take. When we act emotionally out of either fear or anger, which basically are similar emotions that are experienced as either fight or flight in our Human Experience, as those elements begin to cause us to function we are no longer in control of our mind and our body and you begin to work from feelings that you have no control over and likely lost control over remotely in time at a point that we never could see or recognize.
"step back to see where
your emotions may have
taken over your life..."
If you will become objective for a moment and step back to see where your emotions may have taken over your life you might have a glimpse and a memory of an event which would have been handled differently as an adult or as a more mature person. But, once emotions grab & control us we become slaves to those feelings which are elicited by emotions… as the scripture says “all who sin are slaves.”
So what does sin have to do with fear and negative emotions? Sin has something to do with ‘missing the mark’ or failing to recognize the truth. When we sin or when we fail it's basically the same thing - for example: if you're at the grocery store and the checkout person is rude and impatient and you respond to that negatively, that constitutes a failure of your character.
Yes, furthermore it constitutes a setback in the sense that rather than moving forward and being strong and even having compassion for somebody in the moment of trial you become the extension of that person's problem and carry that problem forward into the world you live in having an effect on other people that you come in contact with.
Meditation is a prayer to God/Christ for them to intervene on your behalf. Romans 7:18-19 "And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can't. I want to do what is good, but I don't. I don't want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway". If you have fear and you want to be free all you need to do is quiet your mind long enough for heavenly intercession.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Matthew 26:41 "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak" 1 John 4:18 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.
Luke 12:22-24 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!
Romans 8:31-39 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
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