What is Fear?

Fear is something that can be debilitating as you consume fear.

Fear is an emotion, and you cannot touch it or even see it. You can see the effects of fear though.

An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

How does one consume fear?

You consume fear by believing in the unknown. Sure, something or someone may dangerous, may be a threat and may cause you pain.

This threat is perceive based on your life experiences and what if those perceived threats are not a threat at all.

What if those so-called things that cause you pain do not have to be painful at all?

What if that perceived danger may not be dangerous at all?

Fear instills things such as terror, fright, horror, panic, agitation, dread, dismay, apprehension, nervousness, doubt, suspicion worry and anxiety to name a few.

Fear can interrupt processes in our brains that allow us to regulate emotions, read non-verbal cues and other information presented to us, reflect before acting, and act ethically. This impacts our thinking and decision-making in negative ways, leaving us susceptible to intense emotions and impulsive reactions.

Your thoughts create feelings of which create behavior of which reinforces your thoughts, and this becomes a cycle and fear manifests into being apart of who you are and becomes a part of your character of which interrupts the way your brain can regulate emotions.

With God there is no need to fear anything except fear itself. You will experience fear but when you allow fear to consume you, well God is no longer your focus.

Fear God yes! Fearing God is a healthy kind of fear, not the societal imposed man version of fear.

Fear of God refers to fear of, or a specific sense of respect, awe, and submission to, the creator.

Psalm 111:10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

Diversity is an essential experience that people try to avoid, by doing so we inhibit the ability to grow as a community.

Jesus Curses a Fig Tree

18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. 20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked. 21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Believe in the people who you have faith in. The fig tree parable is so symbolic and we may overlook it by thinking that Jesus only implies that our faith can enable us to do things like moving a mountain. In all actuality, Jesus wants us to know that we can look like we are spiritually sound but be withered on the inside. I want you to take away from this that you can hinder others though you are spiritually sound by living with the biases that we experience through our development in our lives. Take diversity for instance, you only know what you know until you know and if you grow up believing that your race is superior to another; then where is the sin there if that’s all you know.

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