It's What's Inside That Counts
II Peter 1
If I were to ask you what is your number one problem what would you answer? Your husband, your wife, the children, your job, your health. But the truth is underlying all the pressures we have and feel is one dynamic dilemma called fear. Americans have all kinds of fears.
I recently read an article that reported how a thousand people responded to a poll of their ten greatest fears. The first one was death of a loved one. The second one was serious illness. The third was financial failure. Fourth was nuclear war, and fifth was fear of being a victim of crime. Do you know what number six was? Fear of snakes and spiders! It's estimated that between two and five percent of all Americans live with constant, festering concern and fear-literally disabling phobias of one kind or another.*1
Why are we so afraid? Well for some of us it's a fear of failure. What if I don't get promoted? What if I lose my job? What if I don't get ahead? For others it's the fear of the loss of affection. What if they don't like me? What if I don't fit in? What if I don't measure up?
To others it's a fear of dependence. I don't want to be a burden. I don't want to be an obligation. I don't want to depend on anybody. I want to do it myself. To others it's the fear of the future. What is going to happen in the world? What is going to happen in my home? What is going to happen to me personally? It is a Universal syndrome that all of us find ourselves driven by and we ask ourselves the question what is the answer?
The bible is very clear that the only way we can handle the fear of the age which is the number one tool of Satan, is something has got to happen internally.
A New Jersey farmer one morning heard a little wren pouring out its heart in song upon the early morning air. Now and then it would stop as if interrupted, and by and by continue its song again. Drawing near he notice that th ...
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