The Effects of Fear – The Phantom of Fear Cont.

Posted January 28, 2008 – Monday / Written January 21, 2008 – Monday 

The Effects of Fear 

     We turn now to a glimpse into just a few of the effects of fear.  Though only a few, I believe some of the most deadly, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.  When fear effects our actions and reactions, it has us in its hideous grip.  

Demoralization is almost immediate, in some form, once fear as set into our hearts.  Discouragement is often a desired effect of fear, which leads to undermining us.  Once undermined in some or many areas we see the demoralization continue in the form of depression and dejection.  Once those have a firm footing, we reach the point of total disheartenment.  Now what?  Demoralization is an emotionally and mentally dangerous effect of fear.  An example = [1 Samuel 13:5-8 – Then the Philistines gathered together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the seashore in multitude.  And they came up and encamped in Michmash, to the east of Beth Aven.  6When the men of Israel saw that they were in danger (for the people were distressed), then the people hid in caves, in thickets, in rocks, in holes, and in pits.  7And some of the Hebrews crossed over the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead.  As for Saul, he was still in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.] 

Paralysis physically and of ones actions is an effect found where fear resides.  It is very hard to act when one is gripped by fear.  Hence, our need for courage.  Courage is acting even though fear is surrounding you.  Without courage, we would surely die a slow and painful death via fear, one action, and one aspect of our lives at a time.  [Matthew 28:4 – And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.]  Why should we hand over our lives to fear and sit paralyzed at its mercy?  

 

Silence of our testimony is most likely the most spiritually dangerous effect of fear.  This is Satan’s second greatest desire.  Once Satan has lost us to a personal relationship with Christ, he sets out to shut us down, in our ability to be effective for God.  Silencing our testimony and ministry for Christ is the greatest gift Satan can hope for at this point.  Fear helps him obtain that goal.  Yet, it out not be!  [John 9:22 – His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue.]  What have you not done for Christ or for another out of fear of rejection?  

Some instances of fear you can examine, at your own leisure, can be found in the examples of: Abraham Genesis 20:11, Jacob Genesis 32:9–11 and the soldiers Matthew 27:54. 

This type of fear we have been examining is not from God and not what God wants for us.  God told us in our focus verse 2 Timothy 1:7 what He has given us to live our lives in and too use in dealing with fear effectively.  We will turn our attention next to God’s greatest weapons, those He has given us to deal with fear.

 

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