Fear, Itself

Fear, what is it? Where does it come from? I’ve been tormented by fear a lot in my life and it has kept me from doing a lot of things. We can say someone has a “healthy fear” of something, but what about fear is healthy? One of my favorite quotes on fear is from the Big Bang Theory, said by the infamous Sheldon Cooper: “A fear of heights is illogical. A fear of falling, however, is prudent and evolutionary.” In his case I guess you could say that fear is in the eye of the beholder, a certain fear is specific to that person. But for what reason, where does it come from?

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

The word for fear in this verse means “timidy” or “timid.” It’s funny, when we think of fear we think of scary, shakey, sweaty, about to faint, going-out-of-your-mind fear. God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, or even a spirit of the timid! Fear doesn’t come from God, it comes from the other guy. Yep, the devil himself, that wiley minx who lost this war 2,000 years ago at Calvary.

Romans 8:15 (NKJV)
15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

Again, this shows God hasn’t give us a spirit of fear! Or a spirit of bondage to fear. Being overweight and healthy is bondage. It’s bondage to fear, food, unhealthy habit and unhealthy self-image. So, we’ve been set free from this, right? But why does it still come up? How do we let the enemy give us fear, and why does he attack us in some areas greatly? Lets take a look back to 2 Timothy, but lets look at the verse above it as well to give it some context.

2 Timothy 1:6-7 (NKJV)
6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Paul is telling Timothy to stir up the gift of God. This is a gift that was give through the laying on of hands, and then follows it up with saying God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear. Why talk about fear after talking about gifts? Simple, the devil doesn’t want you to use your gift. He wants to keep you overweight and unhealthy so you don’t even have a chance to spread the amazing gift that God has given you. That is where fear comes in. Fear of the unknown, fear of change (which was the last Blog I wrote about), fear of failure, fear of success, basically just fear itself.

Fear doesn’t mean stop, in my experience fear means go. Fear means that the devil is afraid of what you can accomplish, and when the devil is afraid then things are about to get awesome IF you do’t give into the fear. Fear doesn’t last, it is temporary, the less attention you give it the less hold it will have on you. Don’t be afraid of your new life, instead go for it!

John 10:10 (NKJV)
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

God wants you to have an awesome and amazingly abundant life, the devil wants to take it away. Part of experiencing that abundant life is to ignore the devil. Don’t fear what your new, Skinny 4 Jesus life will be, embrace it and love it, because it is abundant and filled with adventure.

So, in short, don’t give in to the devil’s trick. Stir up the gift that is in you, don’t let the devil take away your health so you won’t have to ability to share your gift! I strongly believe that inside of every overweight person is a warrior, a fighter just waiting to come out, they’ve just been hidden by fear for so long we forget they were there. You are a warrior, you are a fighter, you are a dangerous soldier for the kingdom of God, and don’t you ever forget it, because even if you forget, the devil won’t. It’s time to turn fear into faith, it’s time to FIGHT!

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