Fear is in the saddle. Individuals and nations—none have escaped its onslaughts or its subtle influence. The threat of nuclear war hangs over our heads. Economic pressures, terrorism and violence have led one analyst to indicate that many people today are “living scared.”
The greatest saints have had their halos tarnished as they experienced negative fears. Abraham fled to Egypt when he faced famine. Moses tried to cop-out from God’s call by claiming inability to communicate. David, the killer of Goliath, knew something of fear. Elijah towered among the prophets, yet when his life was threatened by Jezebel, he fled. Repeatedly we read of the strongly expressed fear of the disciples, in spite of having walked and talked with Jesus and having witnessed His many miracles.
Someone has said that fear prepares you for three Fs—flight, fight, or freeze. The negative type of fear disrupts the normal process…
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