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Psychologists tell us we are born with two fears: the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. The rest of our fears are learned fears. One psychological research study found 7,000 different fears out of 500 people. I do not know how many different classifications of fears there are, but I do know they are not healthy for us.
There is a difference between being cautious and being afraid. Being wise and cautious in signing a contract means that you read the fine print. Another example is looking both ways before crossing the street. Exercising caution is wise, but living in fear is not. Fear causes us to misinterpret things in our life like circumstances, relationships, etc. When you look at life through the lens of fear, you are restricted, controlled, and held back by it. On the other hand, overcoming fear liberates and frees you, and this will allow you to excel; freedom from fear permits you to take calculated risks that could bring you great success in life.
We overcome our fears first by recognizing their existence and then dealing with them. To do this, we must understand the power of real love—not the phony kind that only loves when life is going our way. When we mature in God’s love, fear’s stronghold on us begins to weaken. I encourage everyone to read I Corinthians 13:3-8 every day and believe for deliverance from your fears.
Just a Thought,
Published on Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 2:02 PM CDT
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