Fear Doesn’t Stand a Chance

 

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I had the radio on while I was driving earlier and the song “Stand In Your Love” came on. The line that caught my attention was the start of the chorus where it says: “Fear Doesn’t Stand a Chance.” That got me to thinking about some situations where I have been fearful of something. When I was a child and a sudden loud noise startled me and I got scared; when I was in Iraq; times when change was coming and there was unknowns about everything; when money was tight and we were living paycheck to paycheck I was fearful about how bills would be paid; when I found out I was getting laid off years ago I was also afraid I would have trouble paying bills and many other times. Now, I don’t consider myself a coward but there are times when one faces difficult circumstances and it is hard not to be afraid. But, as we face the trials of life, the words of that song can give comfort, but more importantly is that Christ can give comfort in times of fear.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  1 John 4:18

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  Romans 8:15

The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.  Proverbs 29:25

There are a lot more verses about fear, facing fear and finding comfort in His word and His presence.

Give a listen to the song when you get a chance, listen to the words, the verses and the chorus. “Stand in Your Love” by Josh Baldwin.

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Lord, Thank You for reassuring me when I face difficult times that cause fear and worry and for being my Comforter when I need comforting. I pray  in the name of Jesus that I and others facing challenging times regardless of the cause: changing employment, loss of employment, worry about finances, concerns about relationships, fear of any and all enemies that we face, fear about health problems and for all the other causes of fear, that You be there and strengthen us and make us without fear so that we can face them without the anxiety that comes with fear. Show us Your path and how we can best follow Your wishes for us. Teach us to face challenging times with courage and reassurance that You are with us. Draw us all nearer to You Lord that we may learn to serve You as You want us to serve.

Amen

 

Thank you all for taking a few minutes to read my blog. I hope all are ready for a new week and that you are blessed as you go about your days. Try to be a blessing to someone else as well.

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Yikes, I have a Dental appointment (facing fears)

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I am sitting waiting to see the dentist, rather an oral surgeon, to see about implants for a couple teeth that I had to have removed due to issues with how they were filled some years ago and the mistakes made by that dentist kind of snow balled over time; eventually requiring a couple teeth be extracted. I have to tell you that I am terrified of dentists. Before the appointments my heart races a little, a get a sick feeling in my stomach and definitely STRESS. Most of the times, it is NO WHERE near as bad as I think it will be and I am relieved when it is all done. Still, even knowing that it isn’t as bad as my mind tries to tell me it will be, come the next appointment, I am STRESSING all over again. I am not just stressing, like I said, I am TERRIFIED, I am FEARFUL and that probably added some to my issues. Oh, my teeth aren’t terrible, but I am certain that fear kept me from going when I knew I was having a problem and had I gone sooner when I thought there was something wrong with the one filling, it would have been a far simpler (and cheaper) fix. Instead, I had root canals and then later, the teeth still had to be pulled. So, I am facing another procedure or two for the implants.

All that, makes me think about the song “Fear is a liar.” We often allow fear to keep us from doing what we should do. We allow fear to keep us in a spot we shouldn’t be in, afraid to face the fear. With many things, if one doesn’t act because of fear, things only get worse.

Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  Isaiah 41:10

I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.         Psalms 34:4

So, I finally learned that whether or not I was afraid of going to the dentist, I needed to face the fear and go. And, by facing the fears, I benefited. There are other ways and other times that I have been afraid of things, sometimes I let the fear keep me from doing what I should, sometimes I faced the fears. If I ask Him to help, He helps me face those fears much easier. He strengthens me. He gets me through the tough times.

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.  Romans 15:13

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  1 John 4:4

 

So, whatever you fear that you are facing, remember, He is there, just ask Him. No matter how bad you are afraid something will be, and at times things may be difficult, but He will make it easier, He will make hard times and terrifying moments much more bearable.

 

Lord, I praise Your Name and thank You for helping me learn to face my fears and for being there to strengthen me as I did so. I pray in the name of Jesus that You continue to help me face those things which cause me fear, strengthen me in my times of trouble. I ask that You help family and loved ones face their challenges and fears. Give them comfort in difficult times. Help them be victorious in whatever they are facing. Please draw them all to You and show them Your will and way for them. Help them see and know Your truths and plans for them.

Amen

 

Well, I hope all have a blessed day and please, be a blessing to at least one other person.

 

 

Fear for a friend

 

I was praying this morning, mostly just thanking God for all He has done for me. Asking Him for continued guidance. And, just enjoying being in His presence. When, I felt a burden and fear for a friend’s well being, not physical well being, I do not think the friend is in physical danger, but concern for their emotional and spiritual well being. I haven’t heard from them in months, but I had this overwhelming feeling they are or will be going through a very difficult time emotionally and spiritually. Sometimes, I get that sort of feeling for one person or another. I may or may not speak to them about it,  but if I feel that, I pray for whomever the Lord lays on my heart. So, I pray for the friend. If it happens to be someone reading this and you need someone to visit with about things, send me a message. At least spend time in prayer, seek God’s wisdom, hope and help.

 

Lord, I praise Your holy Name and worship You for all that You are for us. I ask in Jesus name that my friend feel You in their life and that they know that You are there for them. Protect them from whatever emotional or spiritual danger they face, show them Your perfect will for them and guide them back to the path You want for them. I pray in Jesus name that You provide the protection for us all from physical, spiritual and emotional problems. That You guide us in Your will and way and lead us to the perfect plan You have for us and show us how to be perceptive to Your wishes in our lives.

 

Amen

 

Thanks for the visit. I will continue to pray for my friend and for others. I hope that God blesses all and shows us what He needs of us that He may bless as all.

Fear

fear

 

Of what are you afraid? I mentioned in a post a while back that I was afraid of dentists, TERRIFIED actually. I used to be afraid of litter, the trash on the side road you see a lot. That comes from my time in Iraq, the insurgents would build bombs and hide them in trash, concrete rubble, boxes, or sometimes bury them, but the trash was most common place to hide the bombs. I am also afraid of heights, funny part though is up fairly high in a tree, or in the mountains, those things don’t bother me, but if I climb tall ladders, get on the roof of a building or on bridges and such, I get that sick feeling in my stomach. Maybe because I trust God’s building of things more than man’s.

But, what of what other things are people afraid? Oh, snakes, spiders, the dark, thunder and many things. Yet the most terrifying thing I can imagine being afraid of is that someone’s sins will come back to them. The very thing that one person did to another will be revisited on the one who did the other wrong. One of the guys I am acquainted with that works at the same hospital as I was parking at the same time as I and he got out of his truck, then locked the doors, walked all the way around it and checked both sides, twice and then, unlocked, opened and then locked the tool box that was mounted in the back. We walked in at the same time and I asked why he did all that and he said he was making sure it was all locked so that no one will steal his chainsaw that he just got a few days ago. I asked him about it and at first he was vague, then said, somewhat grinning, “I found it in the back of a pick up at Walmart.” I asked what do you mean found it? He said that he saw it sitting in the back of the truck and figured if the guy didn’t care enough to lock it up, then he wasn’t that worried, so he didn’t want it that badly so he took it. I asked, “Oh, so you don’t want someone to steal your stolen chainsaw?” Hmmm, interesting I thought. He said, “Well, no, I don’t want someone taking it.” I asked if he always worried that much about people taking things from his truck and he said yes, he did, because he would steal from a truck and if he would, he knows others would. I asked, “well, if you weren’t stealing other peoples’ things, would you be as worried about someone stealing from you?” He said, “oh probably not, honest people don’t worry about that as much.” Well, I told him that seemed to me to be a rough way to live, constantly worrying about someone stealing something he had stolen and he said, “well, maybe some.” That was a couple weeks ago and I haven’t talked to him since, bumped into him in the hall a couple times, but only nodded as we passed. I had thought he was a pretty decent guy before, but when I found that he had no respect for other’s property and had no problem stealing from someone, taking what wasn’t his, well, I just lost all respect I had for the guy.

But, stealing from someone, taking what isn’t yours or, sinning in anyway, worried that it might come back to you, that someone else will do you exactly as you did to another, that has to be a terrible fear to live with all the time. Especially when people know they have sinned. Besides that fear of having the sin revisited on them, knowing that unless they repent, seek God, and ask for his forgiveness, they will face an eternity in hell. I have to ask myself, anyone that sins to get something but then thinks they enjoy the rewards of their sins, while at the same time fearing the sins will come back to them, well, how much enjoyment will they ever truly have from their deeds? And, no matter what some people may seem to think, or how they act, they know that their wrong doings will be returned. I have sinned, I make no pretense otherwise, but I have never horribly wronged a person. My sins were more against God. Oh, there are some who say I have lied about them, but they know that is not true. There are probably some who would say I somehow wronged them, and there are some that I have, but they are few, but those were issues as I mentioned where I bailed on a buddy to go with some other guys. Those sins have been revisited on me. I wish I could say I never did wrong, ever, but I am human and had times of bad judgement and did not resist temptation. But, that is part of the human existence unfortunately. He gives us the chance to confess those sins and make ourselves right with God. But, if we continue to live in the sin, we dishonor God when we pretend to confess and surrender to Him. Especially if we do so while trying to enjoy the fruits of our sins. Trying to seek Him while still in sin and not seeking forgiveness will be of no benefit as He will not listen to those who are sinning and not seeking to change or give up the benefits of the sins.

13 I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.
14 But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments;
15 And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant:
16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

Leviticus 26:13-16

 

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.  Isaiah 59:2

 

Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.  Jeremiah 5:25

 

But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23

 

But, there is hope, one must confess that Jesus is the Son of God who died for their sins, confess their sins to Christ, surrender to Him and turn away from sin, then He will forgive and redeem all those who come to Him.

6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?
7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?
8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.

Romans 3:6-8

 

22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Romans 3:22-26

 

We all have some fears as that is normal and the fear exists to help us know we are at risk for some sort of harm. Failure to pay attention to those fears and the uneasy feelings that come with the fears can result in some sort of injury whether it be physical or spiritual. I will hope to be sensitive to those fears and know what I need to do to protect myself. I also know that sometimes fear, fear of change, fear of what may happen if I do certain things, fear of taking steps that should be taken will only result in my not meeting His expectations of me that I have faith that He will guide me and provide for me. I will pray that He help me know which fears to heed and which to face.

 

Lord, I thank You for showing me that while fear is good at times, there are times that fear is not a warning, but from the enemy trying to keep me from the rewards You have in store for me. I ask in Jesus name that You help me know the difference and show me the path You have for me and help me have the faith to take the steps that You want me to take to have the blessings You have planned for me and to help me know which fears are from You so I avoid pitfalls that will cause me to stray from Your desired path for my life. Give me discernment to know the truth of these things. Help me be who You want me to be in this life that I may better serve Christ. I praise You God for all the blessings, mercy and grace I have received, for the salvation Jesus paid for on the cross. I ask that You work in my heart to help be better know how to seek You. I give Christ the fears and pray I face those worrisome times with faith. Please work in the hearts and minds of loved ones and draw them to You. Teach them Your true plans for them and help them face the fears You want them to face. Bring us all closer to You.

Amen

 

Thanks to all who take time to visit my blog. I hope someone gets something of benefit from my these thoughts. Please, be a blessing to someone else today.

 

 

 

 

 

I am terrified of dentists.

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I was looking over my calendar, seeing what things I have on my list to do, work, appointments, events that are planned and such and realized that I have an appointment with the dentist in a couple weeks, just a cleaning and exam, not having any issues right now so I don’t expect to get any bad news. But, just seeing that on my calendar was enough and I started to get anxious. I am terrified of dentists. TERRIFIED! I have some fears about life, we all do. But, with dentists it is a true phobia. Even when it is time for a simple cleaning my stomach gets in knots, my heart races and I get close to cancelling the appointment. I don’t, but I get upset. To fully explain how bad my phobia is I will tell about issues in Iraq I experienced.

Maybe a month before we deployed I had a mandatory dental exam, to make sure no big issues that would compromise my ability to do my job and therefore interfere with the unit as a whole. All was fine. I had, maybe 6 months earlier had an exam and I had to get a filling. All seemed fine, but then after I was there maybe 2 or 3 months I started to get some pain in the tooth I had gotten a filling in several months before. Within just a few days, it worsened. Then, while on a 4 day mission, way out away from our camp it suddenly got much worse. I carried a variety of drugs in addition to the standard medical supplies in my aid bag so I started some antibiotics but that did not help. At the end of that day it was still getting worse, much worse. I used a mirror and saw that an abscess had formed there and while antibiotics would eventually treat it, this was bad enough that it needed drained. So, I numbed it a little, had someone hold a flashlight so I could see and using a large needle made openings to drain the infected abscess. Several of the soldiers were gathered around to see, because, well, morbid curiosity I suppose, and for some reason, some people like to be grossed out. After draining it, continuing the antibiotics and using anti-inflammatory medication to help with the swelling, it calmed down and by the next day was pretty tolerable. After returning to camp after the mission was over I went to the dentist. Come to find out that the filling was not done exactly right and because of that the cavity had worsened and the infection developed. The dentist removed that cavity, used special filling material with antibiotic in it and refilled the tooth. After he was done, I asked how I did and he said, “You did great, hardly moved at all.” I explained I was terrified to go to the dentist and was almost paralyzed from fear one there. Now, this dentist was a friend and commented, about that. I told him it was different when just being friends than when getting treated. He asked if it was really that bad and I told him, “Dude, I would rather go to a gunfight than see the dentist.” He chuckled and we planned another visit in a couple weeks to remove the temporary antibiotic filling he had placed, do a root canal and do a proper filling.

Fast forward to the day of the appointment, done with the antibiotics, pain and swelling were gone. I was doing better. I went to go to the appointment, even though terrified, because I knew I needed to get the work done. I get to the area he used for treatment. He had just gotten done with someone else, and as the assistant was cleaning up from that and getting the instruments and all ready for me I began to remove my blouse (Army term for shirt/top) and pistol belt. I had just sat down in the chair and then on the radio I had to carry they were calling me. I got the radio and answered. They said, “Doc, we have multiple units in contact and the Old man (Commander) is getting ready to head out and said to call to see if you were coming.” I looked at the chair and answered, “Roger that, I will be in front of Charlie Med (our medical unit.)” Told them where my body armor, helmet and aid bag were located and started getting ready, put my pistol belt and blouse back on. And told the dentist that I had to go, I had a gunfight. He laughed, thinking I was joking, and when I started to walk out he followed, saying that it was funny at first, but he needed to get the work done as he had others scheduled after me. I explained I wasn’t joking. He continued to follow along, getting a little more and more frustrated and a little angry. We got to the area where I was meeting the guys, and in a minute or so they pulled up. The driver told me my gear was behind him so I opened the door, checked to make sure what I needed was there and started putting on the body armor and such. The dentist’s mouth dropped open, then, obviously surprised, he finally said, “you really are going to a gunfight.” I said, “I told you I’d rather go to a gunfight than the dentist.” And we left.

Several hours later we returned, I went to Charlie Med to check on casualties, those I had sent in as well as any of which I was unaware. As I was doing so, Matt (the dentist) saw me and came up. He talked about how he couldn’t believe I went out like that, left the safety of camp (that was a relative safety as we received mortar and rocket attacks often) and went out to known battle. I told him that was how bad my phobia of dentists was and besides, I had been in maybe a dozen gunfights and never been hurt, but I had been in his chair a couple times and got hurt every time I had been there. Then, he said, “well, that may be true, but leaving to go out, not getting the stuff done today just means we have to reschedule it. That root canal and filling have to be done.”

SO, by not facing the fear all I did was delay the inevitable. It was a temporary victory, shallow and incomplete. Yeah, like the song I hear on the radio, “Fear I a liar.” Fear kept me from getting something done that really needed done. I rationalized that the better option was to expose myself to extreme danger and possibly death, just to avoid something that was necessary to face. I was shot at, there were explosions very near me and had God not place a guardian angel there to protect me, I would have been injured or died, of that I have no doubt. I eventually got the work done and still felt fearful when going for the dental work but I was able to get myself there and am better for it.

And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. Genesis 22:12

 

Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 25:17

 

But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.  Luke 12:5

 

Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.  Acts 13:26

Now, not all fear can cause problems, there are healthy fears. Most humans fear snakes, spiders, darkness, strange locations or strangers for some examples. Those fears protect us. Snakes can be venomous and make us ill or kill us if we are bitten, the same is true for spiders. There can be dangers associated with darkness, we don’t see things well and can step into a hole, trip over something, or come across a dangerous animal that attacks us. Strangers and strange locations have huge unknowns and can be dangerous to our well being.  More importantly the fear of God and of eternity in Hell. All healthy fears that we should heed, the last most of all.

 

And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake. Genesis 26:24

 

Ye shall not fear them: for the LORD your God he shall fight for you. Deuteronomy 3:22

 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4

 

Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:31

 

But, there are other fears that are not so healthy, they may not be unnatural, but are not necessary. Fear of change, fear of financial impact of some possible actions, fear of the response of others to our actions, fear of being alone are some of the possibilities. Fear of change, financial impact, affect on others of some possible actions has kept me from doing something that I have needed to do for many, many years. So, rather than face that fear, I did nothing and I still have to deal with the very same situation, the same need to make the changes continues. I and many others have avoided change because of fear.

But, what about the fear of things such as being alone or the financial impact of living on one income? Well, sometimes one stays in a marriage to avoid facing those fears, other times people rush to get married to avoid it, knowing deep inside whether they admit it to themselves or not, sometimes rationalizing, like I did with the dentist, that doing one thing was better than the option all the while I knew, oh how I knew, deep inside I was not helping myself by avoiding the dental work and was taking the risk of things getting worse, yet I did something that placed me in a bad situation to avoid it. Yet, people do strange things rather than face fear and deal with it as they should, by praying, studying the Bible and seeking Christ.

And, as I said, I did eventually face the fear of the dentist, overcame that and took the steps I needed to for my long term benefit. I am currently facing fears, taking steps to address them and changes for my own good, my emotional and spiritual are being made. I praise God that He has helped me face my fears and deal with them in the necessary ways.

 

Lord, I come to You today, with praise in my heart, glorifying You and Your son. I thank You for the mercies and blessings You give me and for the lessons You are teaching me to improve my walk with Christ. I ask You help me know which fears to have and which to face, to give me the strength and courage to face the fears I need face to follow Your plan for my life. I pray You will work in not just my heart, but the hearts of loved ones and others, show them which fears to face, which to heed. Draw us all closer to You, work in our minds that we choose to seek You and to hear what You wish for us in life and that we not let fears keep us from Your will for us. I thank You for my salvation and pray for Your forgiveness of sins I may commit.

Amen

 

Thanks for your time. I hope there is someone out there that gets a blessing or needed information about facing fears in life and seeking God to help better discern what they need do about facing those fears. I hope all have a very blessed day and are blessings to others as we go about our day’s activities.