There is a huge difference between people who “SUCCEED” in life and those who don’t; and that difference is how they choose to look at fear! I use the word “Succeed” lightly because success can come in various forms; it can be a house on the hill to one person while it can be becoming a Nun and taking a vow of poverty and silence to another.
Just like everything in life, fear itself starts out as a thought so this means it manifests itself in our thought life. Now working backwards we can see that fear exist because we have formed a thought, and that thought formed because of what we allowed into our mind, and our mind only catches hold of what we see, hear, smell or touch. Now once your mind has caught hold of a fear based thought it automatically goes to your brain and then starts to literally form a change in the molecular structure of your brain (Leaf, 2009) to create toxic or a fear base structure that your mind uses to react to every time you come across a situation that is associated with the thing you first feared; hence the fear, anxiety, phobia (etc.) chain in your brain, and now in your life has begun!
Okay, now that science class is over, let’s see what scripture says about it! When I became a minister, my parents gave me a plaque that had the scripture: 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of Fear but of power, love and a sound mind!” engraved on it. Now, I didn’t realize at that time how relevant that scripture would be, not only in my regular life, but also in my ministerial life. I would elaborate, but trust me, you don’t have enough time for me to share my fear journey with you; but here is the catalyst! I haven’t let it stop me! No, I’m not super woman, so fear still comes at me and even hinders me at times, but I usually step out on faith anyway and do what I know God has called me to do! How do I do this? I inundate myself with the Word of God, which reminds me daily who I am and whose I am, I surround myself with positive thoughts and people who love me and believe in me, I entertain experiences that constantly grow me or move me to the next level in life and more importantly I ALWAYS KEEP MY MIND ON CHRIST! Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” This is the one and true only way in life to stay at perfect peace in life and to turn fear into faith!
Now back to those “successful” people; it is a known fact that most people (with the exception of your overnight sensations, who unfortunately these days are a dime a dozen) become successful and stay successful because of persistence and because they do not give in to fear! As a matter of fact most of them turn the adrenaline that comes with fear into a positive attribute and not a negative one. For example it’s been said that bungee jumpers have just as much fear as people who are afraid of bungee jumping and their symptoms are the same: racing heart, sweaty palms, and flowing adrenaline, but the difference is they turn those feelings and symptoms into a positive experience that pushes them to follow through and not a negative experience that forces them to stop!
So here is the key to “Refusing to Fear”, The sensations are real, the heart pumping, the sweaty feelings, the adrenaline flowing, but what you must do is take those sensations and restructure them into positive attributes in your thought life and you do this by constantly reading and understanding the Word of God, surrounding yourself with positive experiences, surrounding yourself with people who believe in you, and most importantly keeping your mind on Christ! Once you have restructured those thoughts in your mind, this will literally restructure your brain to look at things differently and thus change that fear into Faith! For example I once heard someone say that the fear of being bit by a barking dog is fear or another way to look at it is...“twisted faith” faith that the dog will bite you. Well you can turn that fear around and instead of having faith (which has now turned to fear) that the dog will bite you, why not have faith that the dog will not! This concept does work, how do you think people such as “The Dog Whisper” and other animal professionals work, they have faith and not fear! Word of caution, I’m not saying approach a ferocious dog and tempt Faith. I hope you get the gist of what I’m saying. I am saying faith and fear can be viewed as synonymous; it all depends on how you choose to look at the challenge! Fear is “Twisted Faith”, faith that something bad will happen instead of something good, but Faith is belief that something good will happen even though you (I) cannot see it yet!
Remember Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things;” and never forget that the love, grace and mercy of God is forever present and pursuing you, so while you are running this race of life, don’t let the pursuit be in fear, or "twisted faith", but always let the pursuit be in True Faith in God and His Love, Grace and Mercy for you!
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Always In His Grace,