Your Thoughts and How They Lead to Action or Inaction

I remember studying information about the human nervous system. I found it interesting to learn about the withdrawal reflex. It is a protective mechanism that engages when we do things such as touch a hot surface. When I touched my forearm against the side of a hot oven while retrieving a pizza, I did not have to think about pulling my arm away. The withdrawal reflex designed into my body took care of it. What is really interesting is that my brain did not really participate in pulling my arm away. It was my spine. Continue reading “Your Thoughts and How They Lead to Action or Inaction”

Fear

Fear is just plain awful. I really cannot think of a better word to describe it. As believers in Jesus for our salvation, we know that fear is not of God. The apostle Paul tells young pastor Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” The Greek word that “fear” is translated from in this verse seems to be related more to timidness as opposed to other instances in the New Testament that use “phobos” and “phobeo,” which are defined to be associated with alarm or fright.

Still, who wants to be timid in the service of God? I’m talking about fear that has its root in the wiles of that devil who is our enemy. The one who is seeking to steal from us, kill us and utterly destroy us by attempting to cause us to lose our faith (John 10:10). Fear is oppressive. It starts small and builds like the sound of applause. One person in an audience who starts clapping gets another to begin and soon a thunderous sound is heard. Fear starts out with an initial thought or feeling, and can build until it cripples our minds, bodies and spiritual lives.

Most fears are not rational either. They are just a whisper of the enemy who is trying to get us to believe something that God has not said. Fear can be based on potential or possibility, but the enemy is the one speaking and not God. For example, recently I was very afraid of surgery to remove my gallbladder. I knew I was saved, and that I have an eternity with God. However, I feared everything from having a guy with a knife cut into me while I was asleep to leaving my wife behind all alone. Continue reading “Fear”