Posted by: Anne | October 27, 2012

Overcoming the Fear Factor

Overcoming the Fear Factor

Fear is an incapacitating force. Fear can stop the strongest person in their tracts. In this series we will learn God’s will concerning fear; we will learn the difference between fear and faith; and at the end of the series I would like tell you what the host of the television show (Fear Factor) used to tell the winners, “Evidently, fear is not a factor for you.”

The dictionary definition for fear is: a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; an unpleasant and often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. We can we glean from the dictionary definition of fear? A couple things:

1. Fear is an emotion: Emotions are to be a blessing and not a curse. God gave us emotions to enables us, not to cripple us. Emotions become a problem with they are uncontrolled. We are to rule over our emotions and not allow our emotions to rule over us.

2. Fear is aroused by a threat that is either real or imagined: In this series we will learn how deal with fear; how to control it for good in our lives. In the cases where the threat is real, fear must be channeled and controlled. But in the cases where a threat is simply imagined we must learn to overcome that fear altogether. The enemy (Satan) thrives on fear. Every day he stops people from performing God’s will in their lives by simply posing imagined threats before them. We will learn more about this later.

My 14 yr. old son is getting on a plane this morning and flying across several states. I will pick him up in the airport and I know that all is well and all will be well. My son flying by himself is a very small thing for me and for him, but I know of many adults that will not get on a plane by themselves, and I know some others that will not get on a plane at all. Why? Because of the fear of the plane going down. This same fear keeps people from getting on a ship, swimming in a pool or the ocean, skiing down a slope, and etc. The list could go on and on. Jesus came that we might have and enjoy life (John 10:10). Fear strips people of this joy. Fear keeps many from enjoying life. The saddest commentary is that fear keeps many from fulfilling their purpose.

So what does this mean to you today? It means that you must prepare yourself to receive from God in this area. Settle in your heart that fear is not God’s best for you and that you are open to receive whatever God teaches you in this series about fear and overcoming it. God’s will is that you overcome the fear factor in your life.

Read the full article at:
http://todaysword.org/teaching-series/development/fear-factor/

See Also:
Fears are Made to be Broken
http://www.motivateus.com/stories/fears-are-made-to-be-broken.htm

Don’t Be Afraid
http://academictips.org/blogs/dont-be-afraid/

Overcome Fear with Faith
http://www.guideposts.org/inspirational-stories/overcome-fear-with-faith

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