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What are you afraid of?

With today being Halloween, the thoughts of what are you afraid
of pops into my mind.  If I was asked
that question my first response would be that I’m afraid of heights.  I like the idea of being on top of the world,
but the higher I climb the tighter my chest becomes and panic starts to set
in.  I don’t like fear gripping me like
that, especially when I want to try many things that involve heights.  So, I slowly push myself to get closer to the
edge.  I take a deep breath, quick look,
and then move back to where I feel I’m safe from falling.

After I think further into what I’m fearful of, I realize
that a greater fear is the ones that attack my mind and keep me
immobilized.  I’m fearful of failure, not
living up to what’s expected of me, or fear of what others might think of
me.  Having fear grip you like this,
keeps you from moving into experiences that were meant for you.

The definition of fear is an emotion experienced in
anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire
to flee or fight).  So, how do you
typically react to fear?  Are you paralyzed
by it? Run from it? Or stand firm and fight it?
Where does the fear come from?
How do overcome fear?  With my
beliefs, I believe fear comes from Satan. He deceives us by making us see
something that isn’t really there or by having us occupy our fears to where we
don’t want to move away from them.  Deep
down I know that God wants me to fight the fear, because he is beside me and
wants me to conquer it.  We can conquer
fear with confidence knowing that God is beside us the whole time.

This morning I decided to watch the old classic movie The
Wolf Man (1941).  I’m not a big fan of
current horror movies, because they are filled with more gore than actual
substance.  And I know the classics are a
bit cheesy but often have a lot to say.
One of my favorite quotes in this movie is when Doctor Lloyd says “I
believe a man lost in the mazes of his own mind may imagine that he’s anything.”  Isn’t that what fear does to us?  It makes us imagine things as truth when it’s actually not.  It makes us see ourselves
as weak and helpless.  God tells us
throughout the Bible to not be afraid.  “For
I am the Lord, you’re God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do
not fear, I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13) So, instead of getting lost in the
mazes of your mind and imagining you are weak, remember you are actually strong
because the Lord is beside you.

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