I’m always glad when Halloween is over. I do love a good costume but other than that, I’m not a big fan of Halloween. I am intrigued, however, at our obsession with fear; our delight in being frightened, and our enthusiasm in scaring others.
We pay good money to ride roller coasters and rides that make us scream our heads off. My favorite: Tower of Terror in Disney California.
We watch movies that make us hide our eyes and clench the hand of the person we are with. Maybe that’s why they are great date movies.
What is so entertaining about fear?
We have great fun in sneaking up on someone and watching them jump out of their skin. We love a good gag that freaks a person out.
What is so fun about making someone afraid?
Fear, when danger is only imagined, is indeed fun. Increased heart rate, shortness of breath… just enough to remind us we’re alive.
Fear is an interesting thing. It can serve us well, such as keeping us from running into the street and getting hit by a car. It can also sever us, keeping us bound and restricted.
People deal with all kinds of fears. Some fears are silly, and some bully us into bondage. We have phobias that dictate our behavior, and anxieties that steal our peace.
God doesn’t want us to be ruled by fear.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
Fear can make us conduct ourselves unreasonably, often acting in ways that bring about the very thing we are afraid of. (Job 3:25) Fears can make us overcompensate, putting our lives out of balance and costing us a great deal.
When I’m Afraid
I find myself battling certain fears: I fear for the welfare of my family. I fear missing the leading of the Lord. I fear I’m not doing enough. I fear making a mistake that can’t be undone. Just to name a few.
As I have dealt with fear through out my life, I have come to understand that fear is a sign I am not understanding the love of the Lord in that area and need to grow in Him.
“There is no fear in love (dread does not exist), but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and (so) he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love (is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection). 1 John 4:18 Amp
If fear is intimidating me, I need to grow and mature in my realization of God’s love. I do this through confessing my fear to the Lord and maybe even to someone I trust. Confession sheds light on the fear and puts it in perspective. Kind of like pulling the curtain back on Oz. Secondly, I learn what God has to say about it in His Word and choose to trust Him and walk in that truth. Thirdly, I worship. Worship changes my heart, and worship silences the enemy, the author of my fear.
A little playful scare is OK, but fear that deprives us of all that God has for us is not. Remember what Jesus told us, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
What Are You Afraid Of?
What fears do you battle? Are there fears in your heart that are producing unreasonable behaviors? You might need to ask someone close to you because we don’t usually see it. Be open for their answer though.
Are you overcompensating in some area because of fear? Ask the Lord to show you.
I encourage you to use the three steps and address those fears with God’s love. Grow in your experience and understanding of God’s love for you and see what happens.