Fear Factor (10 of 11) by Jerry Branch

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Fear Factor (10 of 11)
Series: Becoming all God wants you to be
Gerald Branch
Psalm 23:1-4

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
- Ps. 23:1-4

I want to spend a bit more time in this area of fear...
Namely because, if we allow our fears to rule our lives, we're going to live in defeat.
Countless men and women, whom we honor this Memorial Day weekend refused to allow fear to stop them from attaining victories over enemies down though the many wars our men and women in uniform have fought for freedom and our nation.

Victory over fear is possible even today.
And Jesus offers us the TRUE way to Victory...the way to hope.

So, when we go through life with Christ leading, we're going to have a real bounce in our steps, rather than gloomy, downcast looks and attitudes.

Consider all the things there are to be afraid of...
In fact there are so many, that most have been given names ending with 'phobia'...

Acrophobia...The fear of high places
Entomophobia...The fear of insects
Monophobia...The fear of being alone
Agoraphobia...The fear of leaving familiar places
Ergophobia...The fear of work
Necrophobia...The fear of dead bodies
Algophobia...The fear of pain
Gephydrophobia...The fear of crossing bridges
Nyctophobia...The fear of darkness
Astrophobia...The fear of thunder/lightening
Hematophobia...The fear of blood
Pathophobia...The fear of disease/suffering
Claustrophobia...The fear of confined places
Hydrophobia...The fear of being in/around water
Phonophobia...The fear of public speaking
Decidophobia...The fear of making a decision
Iatrophobia...The fear of seeing a Doctor
Xenophobia...The fear of being around strangers.

And those are just some of the major ones...
By the way, did you know that "The Center for Disease Control" lists over 1,700 known phobias?

Fear can often influence our decisions and our actions.
Some of you have watched the show, 'Fear Factor'...
Those people do some things at times that few would even consider...lying in a tub filled with snakes or spiders...I don't think so!
Walking across some narrow beams suspended over some deep canyon...I don't think so, unless some man-eating tiger was chasing me...
Even some of the contestants give in to their 'fear' and quit...(personally, I think they give into their 'common sense').

But a question we face, though, is this...is it wrong to fear?

The answer is NO...but a qualified no...No...not unless the fear controls you.

That's because IF we had absolutely NO FEAR whatsoever, we'd probably think we were 'super-men' and 'super-girls' and could do anything, so we'd go to some tall building and we'd probably try to fly to fly ...

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