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Top Ten Gets Shot Down:  Part 2

By: Dr. Skip Myers
EdgefieldDaily.com Columnist

web 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 future.

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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