This is the seventh in a series of posts beginning with How The Devil Stole Your Soul, where we’ve looked at how the thoughts you entertain in your head are what breaks your connection with God and renders Him absent.
These are a string of thoughts you learned as a child, handed down to you by unconscious parents and others in your lives, as well as malevolent governments, media and the branches of both. The outcome of these destructive thoughts is one where most people have very little regard for who they think they are and they become afraid of the world around them. In such a case, people who don’t lean on God (because they have estranged Him) take on certain characteristics. We spoke of the first of these last time: Suspended Animation.
It is a state one lives when they are trapped in their past and afraid of their future, never having a life because they cannot be in present time, which is where real life happens…
Characteristic #2: Panic
You rarely see little children running in abject panic. It has to be indoctrinated into them by parents, peers, schools, governments and their media lackeys – all of which are a reflection of that fear-spewing voice in their heads. This ‘fear mindset’ is the disease of an anxious world.
What are these children afraid of? They’re frightened of same things that scare the adults, because they cling to those lessons from childhood. It’s all about the child having come to a conclusion that he or she is inadequate, they will be punished or rejected for that inadequacy, and that makes their world a dangerous place.
Fear is not real; it’s not a solid thing. It is an emotional mechanism for avoiding pain – for avoiding things that might happen. It does not protect you. Indeed, prolonged exposure to fear leads to insomnia, ulcers, high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes and cancer.
We end up with a child (who becomes an adult) who avoids the unknown, so that they will not have to face the punishment that would follow some failure they might commit – running through life in a near state of panic, trying not to make mistakes, striving to be perfect. Should they make a mistake, the voice in their head will beat them with it as long as they allow it.
Is any of this congruent with the ways of God?
The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high. Pr. 29:25 AMP
“Do not be afraid…I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Gn. 15:1 NKJV
‘I shall also grant peace in the land, so that you may lie down with no one making you tremble.’ Lv. 26:6 NASB
I sought the LORD, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Ps. 34:4 NASB
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me? Ps. 56:3, 4. NASB
Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me. Ps. 23:4 AMP
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Ps. 27:1 ESV
Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have already defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world. 1 Jn. 4:4 AMP
Well, that looks like a lot of ‘no’ doesn’t it? God delivers you from what fears? All fears. He is your shield. He protects you from all people, and even from death itself. What about that awful voice in your head? It was patterned after the voice that lied to Adam and Eve – the original antichrist. Yep! God put Christ within you and has got that chatterbox beat as well.
But, the person who has been conditioned, who feels so bad about themselves and is sure that God has rejected them, doesn’t know any of this. They only know fear.
There are three basic fears: the fear of death (if you believed in God you would not fear death): “Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.” Rv. 21:3, 4. NKJV
The fear of abandonment (which comes from believing that you are unlovable, unacceptable, and must find your meaning in life from others): And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Dt. 31:8 NKJV
Finally, we have the fear of impermanence (change). Yet the only thing life guarantees is change. Internally, we all know that, but it’s unnerving for most people because they want to know what’s going to happen next. They want things to stay the same so they can feel that they have some semblance of control over life.
“For I am the LORD, I do not change;” Mal. 3:6 NKJV
The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps. Pr. 16:9 NASB
Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Is. 43:18, 19. AMP
God is the only unchangeable force in this universe. We can count on what He will do as we walk by His word. However, we can make all the plans we want, but if they don’t jive with His plans, God’s going to try to nudge you into a new way. It is your ‘absent-minded’ wanderings that cause Him to change up things (for your good). Change is good because it means we have a plethora of new possibilities to look forward to.
But hey, we’re talking about people who are blind to all of this – people who are obsessed with trying to get everything ‘right’ and afraid of what will happen if they don’t. They become chameleons trying to mold themselves into what they think others want them to be.
Ultimately, they are afraid to decide on any options and become paralyzed – afraid to do and afraid to be, running from the meanings they’ve attached to everything. They’re running from fear, not realizing that they are generating it.
We scramble from the present moment and hide from the next one because they are unknowns. Thus, we lose any chance to be happy because we’re too busy struggling to bring all our conditions together that must be met for that perfect moment that never comes.
We react to life instead of evaluating it, so we never experience the reality of what it is that we are afraid of. What we are afraid of is being ourselves; and there can be no life without fear if we are afraid to express our true selves. We believe the lies the voice in our head tells us – the one who invalidates our feelings and then eviscerates us for having them. Yet all of this abuse pales in comparison to what we heap upon our own heads.
We think there is some sort of secret to figuring life out; sure that everyone else knows what it is. Life presents itself as it is, yet we refuse to accept it because it’s not the way we want it. We keep searching for safety but the only way to find that is to live life less. Not a good thing.
Everyone is so afraid that they’ll never get it all together. Guess what? NOBODY DOES! We are all a work in progress.
Fear needs to be uprooted so that we can make conscious decisions. Would someone consciously decide to hurt themselves and others, invite suffering, and believe that they are unlovable? Of course not!
You only do those things because you are afraid – only because you forgot your perfection…
Goodnight and God bless.