Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Feelings and Emotions. Part 4. The basic emotional problem that we all have to deal with is the emotion of fear.
Friday, November 26, 2004
Many believers today have become neurotic and psychotic because they have intruded into God’s plan with a human form of energy called emotion.
The purpose of normal emotion is to respond to various things in our souls by way of norms and standards.
Two categorical functions of the emotions: the conscious sensations of the emotions of the soul, and the effects of emotions on the organic function of the body, especially the nervous system.
The prefrontal lobes, the right lobe and left lobe, are called the cortical areas of the brain and are associated with thought, motives, and decisions.
Emotional activity can occur without the presence of thought.
Emotion without thought is a tragic complication in life.
Emotion can respond to thought, but emotion
can also function without thought.
When emotion functions without thought, that is abnormal emotional activity – emotional instability.
Normal functions of the emotion include pleasure or entertainment, excitement, appreciation.
Emotion is related to human power and influence, but never to divine power and the mystery doctrine of the Church-age, which is the basis for fulfilling God’s will, plan, and purpose.
1. Such a believer makes a god out of his emotions, PHI 3:18f.
2. Such a believer’s emotional pattern distracts him from the execution of the PPOG, ROM 16:17-18.
3. Emotion hinders the perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine, 2CO 6:11-12.
4. Such a believer’s unrestrained or uncontrolled emotional pattern is the basis for criminality, violence, hatred, anger, total involvement in the arrogance complex – bitterness, vindictiveness, jealousy, implacability, self-pity, guilt reaction = a very close relationship between the arrogance complex and emotional sin.
5. Such a believer’s unrestrained or uncontrolled emotional pattern is related to the great categorical problem of life – fear.
You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
Fear is crippling, a fearful life – fear of death, fear of judgment – is the result of the believer who is not yet fully matured in love.
Abnormal emotional experience may express itself in these emotional sins, and may also become the motivation for violence, murder, gossiping, maligning, inordinate ambition, and the inordinate competition of running down other people in order to promote yourself.
ROM 14:23b whatever is not from faith is sin.
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.
2CO 4:15 – every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory.
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.”
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.
2TI 1:7 “For God has not given us a lifestyle of fear, but of power, virtue-love, and sound judgment.”
Fear, worry, and anxiety are emotional sins and are contradictions to God’s plan for your life.
The trouble with people who are involved with the emotional revolt of the soul or the emotions trying to dictate and rule their lives is that there are really no divine solutions or wrong solutions or dependence on others.
Fear is the function of the believer operating in spiritual death as an emotional sin.
Fear is a complex system of emotional sins. It includes worry, anxiety – failure to think under pressure.
Under the snowballing effect of fear, the more you surrender to fear, the more things you fear.
There is no way you can have true love or true happiness apart from a healthy mental attitude.
You cannot be afraid without putting an abnormal emphasis on yourself.
For the believer who lives in a state of fear, the fear increases like a cancer.
With loss of personality identity, you fall into a total state of fear so that you begin to retreat from any form of reality, becoming psychopathic or neurotic.