"You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind."
There are many enemies in life, some seen but most unseen. Of all the enemies we deal with day in and day out, none is so insidious and destructive as fear. Fear is a far bigger enemy than a huge grizzly bear standing in front of you. Fear can stop the biggest and wisest people on earth dead in their tracks.
As mentioned in the quote above, fear exists only in the mind and can thus only be conquered by using your mind to beat it. Most fears are totally unfounded and based on error or ignorance. Thus, if the mind can be fed correct information half the battle is won.
Why are children (and many adults) afraid of the dark? The dark cannot hurt anyone. The fear springs from not knowing what lurks in the darkness. Once the light is turned on and it becomes obvious there is nothing there, the fear dissipates.
Why are children (and some adults) afraid of the boogie man in the closet? It matters not that there is no such animal in the world and the closet is too small to house him. But, based on the fear of the unknown, many a child develops a phobia that the wicked creature in that closet is going to jump out and devour him while he sleeps.
I once knew a person who was so afraid of germs that she wore gloves in her own home, cooked everything to the so long it had no taste, constantly washed the counters with commercial grade cleaners and usually wore a mask when out in public. The irony of this situation is that this woman died of cancer brought on my years of smoking.
Of all the fears we must deal with in this life, the Bible says that the biggest of them all is the fear of death. Although the fear of failure is HUGE and fear of loss is MIGHTYÂ€Â”there is no fear which produces more bondage and enslaves a person more than the fear of death. Most people spend a lifetime in slavery to this fear. Most people never get to enjoy life because they are afraid of dying.
Look at what the Bible says about this subject in Hebrews 2:14 and 15:
"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."
There is absolutely no reason for a true Christian to ever fear death. Only those who have nothing to live for except this life have any reason to fear dying. For those of who know that we have eternal life, there is nothing to fear in death for what comes afterward is infinitely better than anything in this life.
Jesus Christ conquered death when God raised Him from the dead. Although we all will someday die (if the Lord doesn't return first), we have been given the promise of God that we will live and reign with Him forever in a new body fashioned unto His. We have been assured by God Himself that unlike those in the world who have no hope, we DO have hope.
Ignorance and wrong teaching are the breeding grounds for fear. Allowing the fear of death to ruin your life is ridiculous but one of the biggest weapons the enemy uses to deprive God's people of the ability to enjoy this life by exercising all the wonderful things God has given us through Jesus Christ. If we can arm our minds with the truth and put off the lies which beget fears, then we can fully appreciate all Jesus did for us both now and for all eternity.
Ironically, coming through cancer treatment and then that ruptured brain aneurysm did a lot to alleviate fear in my life. It really did. Still... there are times when I pull out a beautiful quote given to me once by my friend Kbird (Kiwibird). She wrote: [quote]Fear is not of God, it is of the enemy. What we choose to do with it is our choice. We can allow satan to oppress our spirit and take us into the depths of despair
of we can use it as a catalyst for change for the better. If we look at fear for what it is and pick up the weapons of warfare that God has given us there is no way that the enemy can stand against the onslaught of God's power and might. [/quote] She wrote that while facing a brain tumor. She also has reminded me that though we may walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, we must remember... they are only shadows and who is afraid of just a shadow? Shadows cannot hurt you!