Inside: Fear can keep us from life. The meaning of fear has extended into all areas of life. It should be noted that the evil one knows that if he can create fear in us, it can keep up from growing in faith, developing deeper relationships with God and other people, and enjoying our lives.
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Fear, it’s a loaded topic. We could probably talk about fear for a few days. Everyone has fears, but what we each fear differs.
When we think of fear, it didn’t exist in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve didn’t have anything to fear. Animals were herbivores, diseases weren’t in existence, and peace governed ( Answers In Genesis).
Only after the Fall and the entry of sin, the emotion of fear enters the scene.
The meaning of fear is an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger (Merriam-Webster).
Fear’s design was to put us on alert, to signal our muscles and brain to work together and get ourselves out of dangerous situations and into safer, secure areas.
Fear has now become commonplace. Too commonplace. Disease, terrorism, school shootings, violence in the workplace- all these situations can cause us to live on the edge.
The Hierarchy of Fear
According to Dr. Karl Albrecht, executive management consultant, coach, futurist, lecturer, and author, there is a hierarchy of fear and all humans share in five basic fears.
At the bottom of this hierarchy is “Fear of Extinction.” Humans are afraid to die and cease to exist. People wonder where they’re going and what life after death looks like.
Next is “Fear of Mutilation:” where people are afraid of being without a body part.
Following next is the “Fear of Loss of Autonomy,” people are scared of losing control or the ability to care for themselves and being dependent on others. We don’t want to lose what makes us the unique individuals we are.
The “Fear of Separation” encompasses rejection and abandonment.
Finally, the fear at the apex is “Fear of Ego-Death.” This is a fear of humiliation and shame. A real blow to our egos where we can’t recover.
This “Feararchy,” developed by Karl Albrecht, says out of these five fears come all other fears we experience.
What Do You Fear?
This world is full of scary things:
- Rogue nations
*these are all things missing from the Garden and would fall under the definition of sin. After the Fall, all these concerns became present.
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“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
Why God Tells Us Not to Fear
Perhaps this is why God mentions “do not fear” 365 times in the Bible. God knew fear has a stronghold on many of us, and God doesn’t want us to be caught up in the snares of it.
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT).
The evil one knows that if he can create fear in us, it can keep up from growing in faith, developing deeper relationships with God and other people, and enjoying our lives.
When we fear we also experience: doubt, put faith in things other than God, insecurity, estrangement, make mistakes, feel like failures, and stay away from the church and other believers.
Gosh, fear is a huge influencer in our lives.
The rock-solid truth is we don’t need to fear, especially if we’ve accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
15 Reasons Why We Don’t Need to Fear Anything in Life
- God controls everything. He gives life and ends life according to His will (Deuteronomy 32:39).
- God is steadfast in all His promises, and He doesn’t change. We can trust in Him through hard circumstances for His comfort and love (Matthew 10:29-30).
- No one can stop God’s plans. God holds sole control of everything (Numbers 23:23).
- There are no nations or other powers which can overtake God’s plans. His Word stands firm and His chosen people are safe (Psalm 33:10).
- God knows all about us and our lives. Nothing is a surprise to Him because He filters everything (Luke 12:7).
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Peace from Fear When We Rest in God
When we read and grasp what God tells us, He covers all the fears we can experience in this life. We don’t need to be afraid because He is constant, connected and concerned for us. His promises to be with us overshadow all fear.
Earthly fears are no fears at all. Answer the big question of eternity, and the little questions of life fall into perspective. ~Max Lucado
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