The Phantom of Fear Series… Introduction

Written November 12, 2007 – Monday

Posted November 19, 2007 – Monday

The Phantom of Fear Series…  Introduction  

     Everyone regardless of who you are suffers from fear of some type, at some point, in his or her lives.  However, it is becoming something we see of epidemic portions currently.  Everyone frantically trying to cover it up.  The more they try to mask it the more it shows.  Why is fear such a widespread problem? Is it closely related to insecurity?  How can it be dealt with effectively?  These are some things we will examine during this devotional study on fear. 

     Fear is very much a phantom.  A phantom being a ghost, apparition, spirit, specter, or phantasm. Please understand these are worldly terms not biblical terms.  The definition of phantom is as follows:  

1. a. Something apparently seen, heard, or sensed, but having no physical reality; a ghost or an apparition.  b. Something elusive or delusive.

2. An image that appears only in the mind; an illusion.

3. Something dreaded or despised. 

Please note the parts of the definition I placed in italic and bolded.  We are going to talk more about those now.    

having no physical reality – – Often times when we examine what we fear, we can clearly see that there is no literal or physical evidence of the reality of our fear.  Instead of there being something tangible to point to, we are dealing with what ifs.  Then mental and emotional damage this can do to our lives has the possibility to be enormous.  

Something elusive or delusive – –There are those fears that you just cannot put your finger on; yet, you are afraid. Some people have a looming fear over their lives that they cannot explain.  Like something bad is just around the corner.  In these cases, this can be an indication of a stronghold of fear.  The fears can have no bases at all in reality, yet, they are there, real and haunting the person.  

image that appears only in the mind – – Ralf Waldo Emerson said something to the effect, “Oh the griefs I have suffered which have never come to be.”  Those types of griefs happen more times that we like to believe.  In our minds, we construct and imagine all sorts of horrible things that never actually happen.  Worry is a very insidious form of fear.   

Something dreaded or despised – –We may actually have to go through something or be approached with an unpleasant reality.  In these cases, the outcome is going to be same whether we are driven by fear through the entire process of we acknowledge the unpleasantness and accept it as part of life.  It is possible not to allow it to grip us in fear, instead choosing to walk through the ordeal with courage.  

Next week we begin to look at whether fear is biblical and from God. We will also examine how “you” specifically relate to Scripture.



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