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Ten Gets Shot Down: Part 2
By: Dr. Skip Myers
posted October 3, 2007
COLUMNIST – As we continue our look at the
Top Ten Fears that Keep People from Getting What They Want in Life, let
me suggest something to you. Fear increases as we allow our minds to
focus on it. The more we focus on fear the bigger it becomes. And the
bigger it becomes the more isolated we feel as we try to deal with it
on our own. Fear is blinding and distracting from reality and truth.
It’s not that fear is a lie. It’s just that as we allow it to grow it
crosses a line of truth. So, the best way to keep fear in check is to
meet it with truth. Keep fear what it is and nothing more. Contain it
with a barrier of truth.
It then becomes essential for us to find a good source of truth. That’s
why we have been answering each of these ten fears with passages from
the Bible. It is our source of undeniable truth. The Bible speaks in
realities and not merely possibilities. Its words are empowered by the
nature of the One who inspired them. Its truth has been guarded by the
One whose reputation is at stake. It has been examined, dissected, and
torn apart by some of greatest minds in history and still it stands
undisputed. So don’t read these passages as suggestions but as truth
that has originated in the very mind of God Himself.
Fear #6: Fear of Being Alone/Abandoned: No one likes to
feel alone although there are times we may like some time alone. It is
painful to feel isolated and abandoned. This is why one of the cruelest
forms of punishment is solitary confinement. This fear can cause people
to allow the negative influence of others to control them even though
it isn’t what is best. Read Hebrews 13:5. The Lord will never
forsake us or abandon us. He is a constant presence. When we aren’t
experiencing this presence it’s not because He has left us. We need to
examine where we are in the relationship.
Fear #7: Fear of Rejection: Rejection can destroy lives.
The depth of destruction depends upon the depth of rejection. Someone
rejecting our hairstyle is one thing but when someone rejects who we
are at the very core of our soul, the devastation can be life
shattering. Read John 10:27-30. This passage tells us that we will
never be rejected by the Lord. The very core of our lives is securely
in a relationship with Almighty God through Jesus Christ. People may
reject aspects of who we are but in Christ, we will never experience
complete rejection. We are safe in His hands. Oh, and He loves you too!
Fear #8: Fear of Expressing Our True Feelings: Our world
promotes and rewards dishonesty. It is magnified and praised everyday
in the media. We say things we don’t mean and don’t say the things we
should. All because we are afraid someone might not like it. Read these
two passages: Ephesians 4:29 and Psalm 55:16-17. Learn how to say what
you really mean without seeking to hurt another person. And also,
realize that you can be honest with the Lord as you come before
Him. Go to Him first and ventilate the emotion. Then ask Him to
guide you as you are honest with others.
Fear #9: Fear of Intimacy: We fear letting others into our
lives because we are afraid they may not like what they find and
ultimately reject us. We believe the lies told to us that make us feel
unworthy to give ourselves to others. One of the most intimate of all
Psalms is the 139th. Read this and you will discover just how intimate
God wants to be with you. There is no fear of intimacy and rejection
with the Lord
Fear #10: Fear of the Unknown: No one knows for sure what
tomorrow will bring our way. Each day presents us with an array of
events we didn’t see coming. In many ways, this is good. If we knew
every detail of the future life would be filled with nothing but worry.
Read 2 Timothy 4:8 and 1 John 3:2. We may not know the details of
everyday but in Christ, we can be certain of what and who is in our
Fear will never be completely erased from our lives. We are too
imperfect and life is too uncertain. It will always be our tendency to
control what we cannot control and know what we cannot know. What we
can do is place our lives in His hands and know for certain He is with
us. The Lord will always be greater than any fear we face.
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