Ministry Sheets >> Fear
What is fear?
Fear means being afraid,  worried, anxious, concerned that bad things are going to happen. Fear is projecting into the future.

General Adaption Syndrome
Fear manifests itself  as (a) fight or flight  and then progresses to (b) a resistance reaction, and can culminate in (c) the exhaustion stage. Our body and our hypothalamus doesn’t know the difference between the two types of fear. Our body responds the same. It produces the same hormones in reaction to fear. Our bodies were not designed to live in continual, ongoing fear.

Fear is a sin
Fear at its root is a spiritual problem. The medical and psychiatric community acknowledges that fear, anxiety and stress cause many diseases.  Fear is a lack of trust in God, and because of this, fear is a sin. And he that doubts is damned if he eat, because he eats not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Romans 14:23

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7  This spirit of fear is not from God; it is contrary to God. Over and over again God says, "Fear Not!" Jesus says what is behind the fear is not trusting God. That which is not of faith is sin. When we have fear we are out of faith. This is where we start. Take no thought for tomorrow, be careful for nothing. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?  Matthew 6:25

Therefore take no thought, saying. What shall we eat or what shall we drink or wherewithal shall we be clothed? Matthew 6:31 And he said unto his disciples. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. Luke 12:22  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6

Fear is always a speculation, a projection into the future.

You cannot argue someone out of his or her fears. Logical arguments don't work, because the whole process is fear. Fear can be very logical, but it is based on no faith and not trusting God. We need to help the person see that the whole process of their thinking is the problem.
Fear and faith are equal, they both project into the future and both demand to be fulfilled.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1. Fear is the substance of things NOT  hoped for. We defeat fear by making right choices right now.

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ... 2 Corinthians 10:5.
The antidote to fear is relationship with God. Make yourself eternal. If we're hearing, "But, what if that happens" we are listening to fear. You can't argue against a "what if."
Ministering to others around fear

Fear takes a tremendous hit on the body.   Fear is living in a projected future that is not good. Fear ultimately is not trusting God; it is a lack of faith when we listen to fear.  Worry is torment.
The way to cast out fear from a person is to love them and help them receive love from God.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18  

Fear is dealt with through faith, by choosing and by receiving love from God and others and by giving love. Many times it is a process. Sometimes we have so many fears that they need to be dealt with one at a time. In addition things such as unloving spirits may be blocking them from receiving love.

When we try to avoid our fears, this too is an act of fear. The only way to defeat those fears is to face them.  A large part of our walk-out is facing our fears. In our day-to-day lives is where and when our fears come at us.  This is why fear must be dealt with in a larger context. Anything that is not love towards us can take us into fear. If we don't feel safe with someone this can take us into fear. Accusation, or bitterness can be an open door to fear. Self-bittemess can take us into fear. Not feeling good about ourselves, insecurity, not feeling safe can feed fear. Rejection, or not being loved can send us into tremendous fear; we are not being covered by love. Love and fear cannot coexist at the same time; one will win.. make it Love.
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The Sin of Fear
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