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Fear will torment you and punish you. Part 2.
The next part of our study on fear is found in Exo 14, a passage that shows fear is lack of doctrinal thinking under pressure. It is a general problem in life.
We are designed by God to be rational creatures but fear makes us irrational. But there is actually a command and it tells us that there is only one thing to fear:
HEB 4:1-3, Therefore, let us fear lest, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you should seem to have come short of it. For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, “As I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter My rest,” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.
Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to really live.
 
HEB 13:6, so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?”
This is a quotation of PSA 56:4, In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?
Let’s get some principles:
1. To face your fears and not be afraid is one of the great tests of spiritual maturity.
2. Fear is also crippling, it shackles those who could do great things and keeps them from even attempting that which they could possibly achieve.
3. Fear chokes and kills dreams and creativity and the most interesting thing about fear is that it is a learned behavior.
4. Fear is something that, if not controlled, continues to develop in your life until you have no capacity to enjoy life and as a believer you become a loser.
Speaking of the ungodly David said in PSA 53:5, “There they were in great fear where no fear had been;”
You see fear is irrational thinking, and in this verse there was no reason to fear! No matter how much wealth you have, success, prosperity, you’ll have all kinds of fears.
PSA 55:1-5, (For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Maskil of David [a Maskil is a song or poem of instruction].) “Give ear to my prayer, O God; And do not hide Thyself from my supplication. Give heed to me, and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and am surely distracted, Because of the voice of the enemy, Because of the pressure of the wicked; For they bring down trouble upon me, And in anger they bear a grudge against me. My heart is in anguish within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fear and trembling come upon me; And horror has overwhelmed me.”
That is what fear will do! Fear destroys happiness. Where fear is, happiness is not. That’s because there is no way you can have true love or true happiness apart from a healthy mental attitude. Fear destroys the mental attitude. Most of our problems and obstacles would melt away if, instead of shrinking in fear before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them. This is what happen to the children of Israel in when Moses told them to “stand still” and stop being afraid.
EXO 14:10, And as Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them,
The Hebrew verb for to look is qal imperfect of nasa which means that they kept staring and concentrated on Pharaoh’s army…the oncoming problem. By concentrating on Pharaoh’s army, the problem, they were overwhelmed by fear and they completely forgot the grace of God and the power of God and the marvelous deliverance that they had experienced just a week or so before. They concentrated on the wrong thing! They concentrated on the perceived problem! They not only panicked, but they began to do something which all of us have been guilty of at some time, they began to whine and complain. Whining and complaining Christians are not going to solve their problems!
If you’re complaining, you’re concentrating on the wrong thing! We have all done this at some time in our lives! We concentrate on the circumstances of pressure rather than the principles of doctrine. We concentrate on the disaster rather than on the solution. The point is that you have to know what to concentrate on in times of pressure.
And one of the main distractions in time of pressure is mentioned in verse 10, emotion that is described by the word frightened.
Notice the next part of the verse, EXO 14:10…and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord. The reaction of fear and panic removed any possibility of applying doctrine. They had seen the power of God in their deliverance from Egypt, but they made no application from that doctrine to this disaster.
Why?
Because they failed to concentrate on what they had learned and allowed fear and panic to control the soul. They expressed their fear rather than their faith. And so they screamed in panic to the Lord!
EXO 14:11-14, Then they said to Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”
Notice that first they had to be stabilized in their mentality or else some of them would have turned back to the Egyptiansbegging to be slaves! You will live like a slave unless you learn to become stabilized under pressure!
The Jews faced extermination from the pursuing chariot army of Pharaoh. They were not trained in war. They were in a hopeless situation! So Moses told the Jews “do not fear”! When you’re in a hopeless situation that’s when you need to think. Here is a hopeless situation. But Moses says the Lord will fight for you while you will keep your mouth shut!
It’s the same thing as David said in 1SA 17:47, “And that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.”
In the Church-age, it’s the same thing, ROM 8:31, What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? You see that’s the whole concept of the faith-rest drill. In grace, the Lord fights our battles.
Now, when you are afraid of any thing, you give that thing power over you. When you’re afraid of a person, you give that person power over you. In fact, what was the first thing Adam did after he sinned? He hid himself, right?
Why?
GEN 3:10, “I heard the sound of Thee in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”
The greater your capacity for fear, the greater your capacity for arrogance and becoming a loser. Fear causes you to become totally preoccupied with yourself. Once in the arrogance complex, all the rest of the mental attitude sins come quickly. The combination of fear and arrogance causes many people to become mentally ill, psychotic and neurotic.
So remember that fear is an emotional sin. And emotions cannot think! Emotion has no true courage. It has a pseudo courage. Arrogance and emotional domination of the soul produce cowardice. And fear is irrational and irresponsible.
It creates three things: the arrogance skills, the arrogance complex of sins, and the emotional complex of sins.
Remember when we noted Abraham and his cowardice?
GEN 26:7, When the men of the place asked about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” for he was afraid to say, “my wife,” {thinking,} the men of the place might kill me on account of Rebekah, for she is beautiful.
Fear not only removes Bible doctrine from number one priority in the life, but fear fragments and destroys the function of your spiritual life and moves you into the different stages of reversionism. Fear is also a function of self-absorption. You are absorbed with yourself and your problems. You want the world to center around you. You want everyone to stop what they’re doing and help you. Meanwhile you are filled with fears and very emotional.
Some people think emotion is a criterion for the spiritual life. And to make emotion the criterion for the spiritual life is a wedding between the arrogance skills and the emotional revolt of the soul. Emotion can be normal or evil, good or bad. However, regardless of what it is, emotion is never a tool of cognition. You do not learn by emotion.
God gave us emotion as an enjoyer of what is truth. But emotion is not a criterion for the spiritual life. Emotions were never designed to be problem solving devices. Sinful emotional activity such as fear, worry, anxiety, hatred, anger, revenge, guilt are reactions and totally rejected by the absolutes of Bible doctrine. Emotional reactions, such as emotional revolt of the soul or false spirituality by ecstatics, are a distraction to the execution of the PPOG.
Given some testing, the loser believer under emotional revolt of the soul will scream loud and clear, find someone to blame, and fall apart. The fear principle explains the sin unto death, 1JO 5:16b, “There is a sin face-to-face with death.”
 
The function of worry and anxiety in living results in the function of fear in dying. There is a sin believers commit while taking the journey through their very own death-shadowed valley: fear, reaction to the fact you are dying, bitterness. But for the mature believer, PSA 23:4, Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me;
So fear is a key that unlocks many doors, starting with the door of arrogance. You cannot be afraid without putting an abnormal emphasis on yourself. To the extent that you become frightened by anything, to that extent you set up a new circuit in your life which is arrogance.
Point 2. The Snowballing Principle of Fear.
First of all, the more things you surrender to fear, the more things you fear. Today you may be worried about only one thing; tomorrow about two things, etc. Soon you become so emotionally involved in fear that you have no identity.
Irrationality means loss of identity, which means the accumulation of fear until you are afraid of life. Fear is something that, if not controlled, continues to develop in your life until you have no capacity to enjoy life and as a believer you become a loser. One of the motivations for becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol is fear of life, anxiety, worry, and tension.
So the extent to which you surrender to fear, the greater is your capacity for fear. To the extent to which you surrender to fear, to that extent fear controls more and more of your life. And increasing fear means increasing insecurity, which destroys your capacity for love, life, happiness, and blessing. And no set of circumstances in life will ever make you happy. No matter how much wealth you have, success, prosperity, you’ll have all kinds of fears.
So the greater your capacity for fear, the more you increase the power of fear in your life. And the more you increase the power of fear in your life, the greater your mind set as a loser believer and the greater your chances of failure to execute the PPOG through the mechanics of the spiritual life under equal opportunity. And the greater your chances of failure to execute the PPOG of God, the sooner you cancel your equal opportunity to glorify God. The sooner you cancel your equal opportunity to glorify God, the sooner you live a life of total misery through the law of volitional responsibility.
Fear is proof of a degenerate mind. In fact, what was the first thing Adam did after he sinned. He hid himself, right?
Why?
 
GEN 3:10, “I heard the sound of Thee in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”
The greater your capacity for fear, the greater your capacity for arrogance and becoming a loser. For fear causes you to become totally preoccupied with yourself. Once in the arrogance complex, all the rest of the mental attitude sins come quickly. The combination of fear and arrogance causes many people to become mentally ill, psychotic and neurotic. The more things that acquire the power to promote fear in your life, the more punitive suffering and self‑induced misery you bring on yourself. The more things that acquire the power of fear in your life, the greater your capacity for fragmentation and becoming a loser in the Christian life.
As a loser, your capacity for life, love, and happiness is completely destroyed. The greater your mindset as a loser-believer while living, the greater the intensification of your fear when dying. You will be afraid of death!
So remember that fear is an emotional sin, and emotions cannot think! Emotion has no true courage. It has a pseudo courage. Arrogance and emotional domination of the soul produce cowardice. Fear is irrational and irresponsible. it creates three things: the arrogance skills, the arrogance complex of sins, and the emotional complex of sins.
The last three stages of reversionism destroy all previously learned Bible doctrine and hinder any use of problem solving devices. The last three stages of reversionism:
Blackout of the soul.
Scar tissue of the soul.
Reverse process reversionism.
Fear is also a function of self-absorption. You are absorbed with yourself and your problems. You want the world to center around you. You want everyone to stop what they’re doing and help you. Meanwhile you are filled with fears and very emotional. Some people think emotion is a criterion for the spiritual life. To make emotion the criterion for the spiritual life is a wedding between the arrogance skills and the emotional revolt of the soul. Normal emotional activity in the soul functions in subordination to the absolutes of Bible doctrine circulating in the soul.
Emotion can be normal or evil, good or bad. However, regardless of what it is, emotion is never a tool of cognition.
You do not learn by emotion. God gave us emotion as a enjoyer of what is truth. But emotion is not a criterion for the spiritual life. Emotions were never designed to be problem solving devices. Sinful emotional activity such as fear, worry, anxiety, hatred, anger, revenge, guilt are reactions and totally rejected by the absolutes of Bible doctrine.
Emotional reactions, such as emotional revolt of the soul or false spirituality by ecstatics, are a distraction to the execution of the PPOG.
Given some testing, the loser believer under emotional revolt of the soul will scream loud and clear, find someone to blame, and fall apart. Emotion as the criterion of the spiritual life converts reality into unrealistic expectation, illusion, denial, projection, and hallucination. So the believer must distinguish between normal emotional response (like watching a good movie) or abnormal emotional reaction to life in the form of the emotional revolt of the soul (using drugs).
The function of worry and anxiety in living results in the function of fear in dying. There is a sin believers commit while taking the journey through their very own death-shadowed valley: fear, reaction to the fact you are dying, bitterness. But for the mature believer, PSA 23:4, Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me;
Destruction of capacity for life, love, and happiness increases your capacity for arrogance and emotionalism, and therefore, your capacity for fragmentation. So fear is a key that unlocks many doors, starting with the door of arrogance. You cannot be afraid without putting an abnormal emphasis on yourself. To the extent that you become frightened by anything, to that extent you set up a new circuit in your life that is arrogance. From that fear comes many manifestations of arrogance.
a. Jealousy. If you’re afraid of losing someone, you become jealous when they show any favoritism toward anyone else.
b. Bitterness. You become bitter toward that person because they don’t give you the affection and attention you think you deserve.
c. Vindictiveness.
d. Implacability.
e. Revenge motivation.
From all this comes a series of functions in your life that absolutely destroy any capacity. Therefore, you cannot be distinguished from the unbeliever, except that you are far worse than many unbelievers. They have handled fear through establishment principles. But you have something so much greater and so much easier compared to how they must handle fear. Yet it’s amazing how many unbelievers are superior to Christians in their life style, conquering such things as fear the hard way through establishment principles. Arrogance, fear, worry, anxiety, anger, and emotionalism are all irrational. And irrationality is a total contradiction to the PPOG which manufactures invisible heroes.
So fear manufactures losers. Fear is lack of thinking under pressure. And of course, if you don’t think under normal circumstances and in prosperity, you will be filled with fear during abnormal circumstances. Fear is the mental attitude of worry, anxiety, apprehension, trepidation, and despondency. Inevitably, fear leads to arrogance, the narcissus syndrome, and even to psychosis. Fear cannot coexist with the function of the PPOG in your life. The function of the PPOG means first the function of Bible doctrine.
When you have a point of doctrine, you can say as David did when facing Goliath, “The battle is the Lord’s.” That overcomes the problem of fear and so releases your ability to go into action, which is exactly what David did. Fear and the function of your spiritual life are mutually exclusive. People who live by fear are intimated by life. For the believer who lives in a state of fear, the fear increases like a disease. As the cancer of fear increases, that individual becomes intimidated by life. Fear eliminates a personal sense of destiny, so that the loser believer cannot overcome emotional sins like fear, worry, anxiety, guilt, denial, projection. Fear of death will never prevent your dying, but it will prevent your living. Fear is being overcome by the problem, becoming enmeshed in the disaster. The disaster destroys the spiritual life rather than the advancing the spiritual life as designed by God.
A personal sense of destiny is inculcated with the solution, therefore involved in the function of the problem solving devices for the application of doctrine to experience.
PSA 56:3-4, When I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can {mere} man do to me?
2TI 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind.”
Arrogance produces irrational self‑deception, which in turn spawns fear, worry, anxiety, and the unhappiness of self‑induced misery. Arrogance causes loss of personality identity. Many women have lost their personality identity because they wanted to feel wanted and loved, but ended up merely being used. This is abnormal self‑deception. Some people have great capacity for unhappiness, for they can only complain and grumble about life. And the more you develop your capacity for unhappiness, the farther away goes your chance of having any happiness in this life.
Because of arrogance, you do not know who you are or what you are, for you cannot see your soul in the mirror. And 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. The only hope is that, while you’re still partially normal, to function under the perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine. For cognition of Bible doctrine inside the PPOG can remove the fear, arrogance, self‑deception, and the retreat from reality which makes it impossible for God’s grace to break through and be utilized in your life.
When you become a total loser, having no understanding of God’s grace, you are totally miserable. So fear is the beginning of the end for you, which you do to yourself.
PHI 1:27, Only live in your Heavenly privileges in a manner worthy of the good news doctrines of the Christ; in order that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm by means of one and the same Spirit, with one soul since you have joined in the conflict for the doctrines of the gospel;
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