Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Fear will torment you and punish you. Part 8.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Fear is also a mental attitude sin.
JOS 14:8 “Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt with fear; but I followed the Lord my God fully.”
Fear is also a sign of reversionism, 1SA 18:12,29, 28:20.
ISA 41:10 “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Sudden disaster often places the believer under great pressure and moves him into panic where he cannot concentrate on the doctrine he has learned.
The difference between fear and courage is the ability to concentrate under great pressure.
Concentration is required in learning and metabolizing doctrine, but is required to a greater extent under a pressure situation.
Adversity, suffering, stress, and disaster have the ability to destroy concentration and cause your fears to take place of what you have learned.
Normal reaction to disaster can be fear and panic, so that the believer cannot apply doctrine.
DEU 31:6 “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”
DEU 31:8 “And the Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear, or be dismayed.”
Faith always selects something (a promise from God, a doctrine) that is stronger than the pressure that comes from stress.
1CO 2:5 “That your faith should not be in the wisdom of man [human viewpoint], but in the power from God [Bible doctrine in the soul].”
A sign on the door of an English pub during the battle of Britain during World
War II –
“Fear knocked at the door.
Faith answered. No one was there.”
The problem-solving devices on the FLOT line of the soul prevent the outside pressures of adversity from becoming the inside pressures of stress in the soul.
Adversity is the outside pressure of life. Stress is the inside pressure of life, like fear, worry, anxiety. Adversity is inevitable, even necessary; stress is optional, not necessary.
Stress is not necessary when you deploy the problem solving devices on the FLOT line of your soul. You deal with your own problems in the privacy of your soul and avoid panic, fear, and arrogance. God gives you spiritual freedom and human freedom so you can make your own choices and learn to take responsibility for your own decisions.
Stress in the soul is tantamount to sin nature control of the soul.
Stress in the soul overruns the command post of the heart and puts the spiritual life out of action.
(1) Fear is met and destroyed with courage.
(2) When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all.
(3) Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
(4) Most of our problems would be totally solved if, instead of fearing to face them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.
(5) Whenever we’re afraid, it is because we don’t know enough; if we understood enough, we would never be afraid.
(6) Whenever we fear something, we give that which we fear power over us.
(7) You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
(8) Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.