by Ernest Easley

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How to Manage Our Fears (3 of 5)
Series: The Commotion of Emotions
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Psalm 91:1-6

Now join me in the Hymnbook of the Bible: the book of Psalms as we continue our series of messages under the heading:

The Commotion of Emotions.

We began a couple of weeks ago learning how to manage our stress and then our anger; tonight from God's hymnbook we're going to learn how to manage our fears.

Have you ever wondered why you fear the things you fear? How did you learn how to fear what you fear? Believe it or not, a major contributor to the development of fear comes from our parents. We do as our parents did. Studies show that our acquisition of fears and their negative influence is determined by what our parents have modeled for us. We learn how to handle fear and what to be afraid of from our family.

Mothers are not only modeling for their daughters how to be women and Fathers are not only modeling for their sons how to be men; but together you are teaching your children how to manage fear and what to be afraid of.

And what a variety of fears there are today. There have been some 500 various forms of phobias, that is, things that bring dread or terror into our lives identified. The top fear:

Glossophobia: the fear of pubic speaking.

Acrophobia: the fear of heights.

Aerophobia: the fear of flying.

Claustrophobia: the fear of confined spaces.

Agoraphobia: the fear of open spaces.

Brontophobia: the fear of thunder/lightening.

Second only to glossophobia is ..

Necrophobia: the fear of death.

Howard Hughes was so afraid of germs that he used four boxes of tissue paper everyday, wiping off everything he touched.

Evil Knieval, the dare devil stuntman was afraid of airplanes.

Augustus Caesar was afraid to sit in the dark.

Before we look at Psalm 91, I need to tell you what I have found regarding phobias or fea ...

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