Fear takes many forms anxiety, worry, dread, phobias, panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, paranoia (suspicion or mistrust of people), schizophrenia (out of touch with reality)
Where does fear come from?
Stressful life situation
Anxiety repressed (in subconscious)
Current day situation (reminds you of the previous event)
Anxiety is replaced by phobia (fear of something)
What is fear? Fear is a persistent avoidance because of fears about an event, object, situation, or activity. Fear has nothing to do with rational thinking.
There are 6 levels of fear:
Anxiety (worry, fret)
Dread (we commonly call this fear)
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Schizophrenic disorder - Paranoia
Common types of fears
Real and present danger robbery, assault, accident, heart attack
Threatened danger kidnapping, war, weather
Threatened values terrorism, limitation on our freedom
Threat of conflict trouble on the job, in the home, should I fight, could I lose this fight
Irrational or perceived threats Most of the things we fear are not a danger to us
Self-fulfilling fear When you fear the worst, your own thoughts may help to bring it about. Fear is the wrong use of imagination.
Common types of phobias high places, darkness (children), falling, confined places, animals (general or specific), insects (general or specific), elevators, storms, sight of blood, dirt (being dirty, having dirty hands)
Other fears strangers, being poisoned, speaking, crossing bridges, crowds (There is also a fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth)
Threat danger, separation, loss
Approach / approach 2 good things, want to do both, but cant (2 dinner invitations on the same night)
Approach / avoidance Something we both want to do and not do (accept a new job in a different state)
Avoidance / avoidance 2 choices, neither of which are desirable (endure pain or endure surgery)
Unmet needs survival, security, self-worth
Physiology dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain
Individual differences We all react differently to similar situations because of personality (some people are more high strung), past experiences (I have been through a tornado), learning (example of parents)
We need tension, stress, and fear to keep us alert.
Without fear life would be boring, inefficient and not much fun.
Fear keeps us alert, cautious and ready for sudden changes
Respect, awe, wonder It is only the fear of God that can deliver us from the fear of men.
Dread, fear of punishment
Fear of harm
Fear 534 times in the Bible (OT 405; NT 129)
In the NT Greek word phobeo English word = phobia
Thayer Definition: phobeo
1) to put to flight by terrifying (to scare away)
1a) to put to flight, to flee
1b) to fear, be afraid
1b1) to be struck with fear, to be seized with alarm
1b1a) of those startled by strange sights or occurrences
1b1b) of those struck with amazement
1b2) to fear, be afraid of one
1b3) to fear (i.e. hesitate) to do something (for fear of harm)
1c) to reverence, venerate, to treat with deference or reverential obedience
Timidity 2 Timothy 1:7 This is a different word meaning timidity, cowardice
Psalm 64:1-4 Hide me from those who would do me harm, I am afraid
2 Timothy 1:7 God has not given us timidity (fear), but love, power and sound mind.
1 Samuel 21:10-12 David afraid of Saul and Achish, the king of Gath
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare
Matthew 10:28 Do not fear one who can kill the body, fear one who can destroy soul in hell
Psalm 27:1-14 Whom shall I fear?
Romans 8:15 Not received the spirit of bondage to fear, but spirit of adoption
Fear makes us run away (1-4)
God comes to our side (5-6)
Fear isolates us (9-10)
God draws us closer to Himself (8b, 11a)
Fear tells us to quit (4)
God tells us to carry on (15-17)
Sometimes the Lord calms the storm. (Mark 4:37-39)
Sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child. (Elijah)
God can handle your Jezebel
Keep your hand to the plow
Jezebel was a non-issue with God
How can I carry on?
You are not alone (18)
God wants to be there as well
We play hide-n-seek with God
When children play they want to be found
God wants to find us
Walk in daily contact with God
Learn to cope Develop a coping mechanism.
Admit the fear
Talk about the fear
Face the fear
Keep things in perspective Make sure your view of the situation is real.
Maintain a support system Who can help you, support you?
Reach out to others
Recognize that the fear is real.
Realize that the fear is a limiting, restricting, hindrance.
The fear is not ______ (object of our fear); it is a fear that had become associated with it.
We fear the experience we had with the object of our fear.
The object does not produce these experiences; we do this ourselves.
What we fear now is fear.