Why the Fear – The Phantom of Fear Cont.

Written February 12th 2008 – Tuesday

Posted February 25th 2008 – Monday  

Why the Fear  

     God wishes us to be of sound mind and not indulge fears.  Then why don’t we?  We are going to explore some possibilities regarding that question and come to greater place of understanding what is involved with having or not having a sound mind.   

     Jesus was perfection and as perfection, He could perceive what was in people’s minds and hearts.  Luke 9:47 gives us an example of just that; “And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart,…” yet, we are not the same.  It is often our perception of things, which cause us undue fear.  We are wiser to inform and educate ourselves on matters where we do not have or know all the details; this would alleviate some fears.   Our feelings take place and are fueled very much in our minds.  An example of this can be found in 2 Samuel 17:8 – “For,” said Hushai, “you know your father and his men, that they are mighty men, and they are enraged in their minds, …” If we act with a sound mind we will discipline and control what we allow to fester in our minds, cutting it off at the onset.  It is at this root when fear is easiest to destroy.   We find several things that can easily generate fear in the minds of the most sincere Believers. Worry and doubt among them.  Even so, some mental and spiritual disturbances can also cause fear in people who dearly love God.  At times, these fears can be quite serious.   

Jesus knew that His people would worry so He addressed that fear monger in Luke 12:29-31 when He told them, “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. “  For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.  “But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.”  Worry rarely serves any useful purpose and will only contribute to your fears.   

Doubt regarding our Christian walk and/or service can often be cause for fear.  Fear of God and fear of people, which is unfounded.  We are responsible for our own walk with the Lord and others likewise.  What another is doing or not doing should place no burden upon us or cause concern for us to the point we are fearful.  God made it clear to us whom and what we are to concentrate on in Romans 14:4-7 – “Who are you to judge another’s servant?  To his own master he stands or falls.  Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.  One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike.  Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.  He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it.  He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.  For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.”  

The following are:

MERE EXAMPLES OF MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL DISTURBANCES.  THEY CAN MANIFEST IN DIFFERENT WAYS THROUGH DIFFERENT MEANS, SUCH AS AREAS OF WOUNDED-NESS, FEARS, OR WEAKNESSES.   

Mental disturbance example from Scripture:

2 Thessalonians 2:2 – “not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.”

     God knew that there would be things coming at His people through different means that would attempt to shake the stability of their mind.  In this case, it was rumors of the end of time.  If God wanted His people to remain stable in their spirit and minds on such an important matter as the end of the world, as we know it, of course, He would have them “not to be soon shaken” by anything else.  

Spiritual disturbance example from Scripture:  

Romans 7:23-25 – “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.”

     Paul clearly acknowledged here and other places that a war of spiritual disturbance went on around and within him.  The same is true for many people attempting to walk closely with God.  The sad thing is that the majorities of them do not realize what is happening to them and therefore, feel powerless to do anything about their circumstances.  God did give us the power and the ability to have that sound mind which though it will not always rid us of spiritual disturbances it will equip us to cope with the situation quiet nicely.      

Whether it be mental disturbances, spiritual disturbances or both which have resulted from wounded-ness we have experience in the past, unfounded or irrational fears, or personal weaknesses we have yet to have victory over; it is critical for our success that we have a trusted, solid, base of people in our inner circle who can help us with these issues.  Counseling for the dedicated Christian is best left to other devoted Christians or a Christian Counselor.  The worldview on mental and spiritual health and the truly spiritual Christian view differ too vastly to be effective together.  If you need help in an area, please seek it as soon as possible!  

How to find this sound mind and what are the results of having one?  Next we will tackle that question.

 

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