Posted by: richardpowell2013 | July 2, 2013

Don’t be Afraid

Satan uses doubts and insecurities to keep us from getting the help we desperately need. Those doubts and insecurities are called fear. Satan uses our insecurities and fears to isolate us from us others so we think we can manage our problems on our own. First we are going to examine, what is fear? Fear is a distressing emotion aroused by a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. In short, fear is the ability to recognize danger and flee from it or fight also known as the Fight or Flight response. Fear can be widely classified into two types: external fear and internal fear. External fear is caused by something outside of you which you are strongly motivated to avoid, for example: fear of spiders. Internal fear is something outside of you that you link to a negative emotion, for example: fear developed out of low self-esteem. Now, this is the type of fear that we are going to look at.
The first thing that we have to do is acknowledge the fear. There is no doubt that fear is real. Fear is first mentioned in the bible when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, man’s first sin, the fall of man. That is when fear first arrived on the scene. God is walking through the garden and calling for Adam in Genesis 3:10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
From there everything went downhill for man, first sin then fear. Even for the 12 Disciples that were with Jesus Christ for over three years and denied our lord and savior. Can you imagine the things the 12 of them saw? All the miracles on how Jesus healed the sick and rose the dead! In fact Peter, one of his closest Disciples, walked on water and still, they denied him even after they said they would not. Matthew 26 tells us when Jesus was arrested all the Disciples deserted him; Why did they do this? They were afraid. No matter who you are, fear is real and is present in your life. So what happens when we turn our fears inward and hold onto them rather than trusting it to God? The effects that we experience in life from the fear we hold onto are called Character Defects. These character Defects become who we are and what we are. Our character defects become our identity. Character defects are negative character traits that are produced by a bigger emotional problem such as unresolved fear. In some cases, there may be a chemical imbalance. Debilitating fear causes many personality and behavioral problems. Defects of character can take on many different appearances. Let’s take a look at a few examples of what character defects look like.
Examples of defects Some examples of defects come in the form of an addiction such as Alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, sex and so on. It may show up as anger, rage, co-dependency or enabling. The fact is most of society is consistently trying to treat the symptom or should I say character defect and refuse to acknowledge the source of the problem, trying to handle fear without God.
To better explain this, I will use what I call the ” Iceberg Analogy”.
Lets look at how huge an iceberg is. As you look at it you see how most of it is beneath the surface where it cannot be seen from on top of the water. That is what makes Icebergs so dangerous. It is a great illustration of dysfunctional behavior. The top of the iceberg represents the character defects such as anger. The huge part under the surface is the debilitating fear which is supporting the anger. The part above the surface, the anger, alcohol, over-eating, your choice, the character defect becomes our identity. The part below the surface is the core of the problem. Others only see the unpleasant tip sticking out above the surface. No one sees the much larger problem below the surface. Just below the surface lies the root of our hurt, anger, and poor choices. Below our character defect lays the fear of change which is controlling our lives. If we took away the top of the iceberg, our character defects, what do you think would happen? The larger, more dangerous part would remain. If we do not let God and others help us deal with the core issue of our fear, the most disastrous part of us remains unchanged. The more that we continue to work on the character defect without acknowledging the bigger part, the core, the more we continue with the same dysfunctional behavior. Matthew 23:26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup or dish, and then the outside also will be clean. Here, Jesus is rebuking the Pharisees because they are condemning the disciples for not doing the ceremonial washing before eating. Jesus corrects them by telling them that if the inside is clean then the outside will be clean. If you take care of the big problem, the part below the surface, the inside core issue, then the outside, the tip, the defects, will be washed clean away as well.

Until next time my friends…..

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  1. Preston taught about making sure the inside of our “cups” are clean this past weekend. Love it. ONE mind, ONE Spirit. 🙂


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