Causes of Fear – The Phantom of Fear Cont.

Posted January 21st 2007 – Monday  

    

     One might describe fear as anxiety would is a result of approaching danger real or perceived.  We will be examining the causes and effects of fear.  During this portion, we will look at the causes.  Then later we will look at the effects.  Each one should be view separately though, a person may relate to several examples givens.  

Disobedience can be a root cause of some fear.  [Genesis 3:10 – So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”]  Adam knowing he had gone against what God wanted Him to do, which is what the heart of sin is, was afraid to be in God’s presence.  His disobedience had lead to His shame.  Disobedience of God’s written command or a personal command He requires of us can lead to a fear of Him, His presence, and / or the consequences.  This fear is easily remedied through our daily obedience to God and His plan for our lives.   

Impending judgment would cause most anyone to fear.  Noah had knowledge of the judgment that was to come on the world via a flood, because of God’s heartbreak of what sin had done to His creation.  Noah responded to that godly fear with obedience and faithfulness to what God had instructed him to do.  [Hebrews 11:7 – By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.]  Yet, still another judgment awaits those who have not accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, an impending judgment that will bring condemnation – condemnation, which can be avoided.   

Persecution of any type will often strike fear in the heart of most people.  No person wishes to be mistreated for their beliefs or who they are. The disciples knew what it meant to feel fear born out of persecution.  [John 20:19 – Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”]  Jesus came to the disciples to bring peace to them during their persecution and He is still very much available to us to do the same.  During times of fear caused by persecution, call out to Christ to bring peace to your heart and rest to your mind.  He is waiting to be asked for He loves to help us.  

Suspicion can often cause fear, which is only perceived not real.  Deeply ingrained distrust can enter a person through a wounded spirit.  That wound, forming as a result of a breech of trust by someone the person dearly loved and / or depended upon.  This type of wound is a breeding ground for suspicion.  Where suspicion is, fear is near by.  Even among Christians, we find much suspicion of each other and the fear, which results from that suspicion.  Paul experienced it during Biblical times.  [Acts 9:26 – And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple.] Ask yourself how many times your suspicions were founded.    

Uncertainty could partly have been to blame for Eve’s susceptibility to Satan that fatal day in the garden.  When uncertainty creeps in our minds, we begin to fear what we believe we know.  [2 Corinthians 11:3 – But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.]  

Final events on earth have long been something that people fear.  Christian and Non-Christian fear what will happen when it is time for this earth to be perfected by God.  Jesus spoke about this fear.  [Luke 21:26 – “men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken.]  One has to ask however; “Why do we fear something that will end in perfection?”  

Lastly, Death the biggest fear of all for most everyone.  So many people spend their lives recklessly trying to prove they are not afraid of the one thing they are most afraid of, death.  The daredevil ways merely a cover for an overwhelming fear.  [Hebrews 2:15 – and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.]  Fear of dying can keep us from fully living.  For most will die, knowing, and accepting that can free us to live as God would have us live. 

Next, we reflect on the effects of fear.  Think about what you believe them to be. 

 

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