Updated: Nov 17, 2020
In this blog post we’ll share ways you can leave fears behind for good.
Hypothetically Speaking - Life Happens.
Have you ever been in a situation where a classmate broke a rule, but the teacher gave them a slap on the wrist? However, when you or someone you know broke the same rule, he or she were treated much differently. This is called preferential treatment. The teacher’s behavior welcomed partiality which creates environments of competition. This is just one example of how life happens to unsuspecting people every day. The hypothetical students in our made-up scenario were affected (inadvertently or not) by the actions of another. Hypothetically, some students will subconsciously compete for attention or approval from those in authority. Positioning themselves to engage in attention seeking behaviors, or the complete opposite. Conversely, students may stay clear of their teacher and silently withdraw, introspectively wondering why their teacher chose to punish him/her; leaving the door open to multiples fears: e.g. fear of failure, fear of the future, fear of correction, fear of lost, ultimately, fear of God along with other phobias.
Say It Louder for the People in the Back
I meet with clients and students from all background's multiple times a week, but the stories I hear are always the same. Tragedies, misfortunes, abuse, failures, deaths, etc. but the blame is rarely on the culprit behind the scenes. How many of you read the scenario and immediately blamed the teacher in our “hypothetical” situation? What if the teacher didn't know that her actions affected her students? If the teacher is unaware, then how do we fix the situation? We can’t. Let me say it louder for the people in the back. We can’t fix or change what happened, but we can choose to heal from it. Trauma is like a secret weapon. It’s locked, loaded, and ready for use, whenever the safety is removed, and the trigger is pushed. Shots fired, T-t-t-t-t-t-t-t! (my attempt at making the sound of an automatic weapon) everyone in the vicinity is subjected to the contents of the triggered person.
Cycles of Ignorance
What I just described is where a lot of Christians live. Trigger happy folks who have no idea that they’ve been conned. These individuals live on the edge every day, afraid of fulfillling the self-prophecy that they aren't enough. They are afraid of being their true self. Whatever hypothetically broke the teacher transfers over and breaks her students. Our adversary bets on mankind's cycles of ignorance. Finger-pointing occupies us with watching and scrutinizing the behaviors of other people, and that’s not the solution. I’m reminded of the scripture that says, “...For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). The work of the devil is sinful at its core. If he can’t get us to willfully sin, then he creates situations where we sin against each other, or God. The intention of our adversary is to make sure that situations like these don’t go unused. Emotional bate is what I call it. Fear is an emotion that brings a snare, but perfect love casts fear out (1 John 4:18).
Make a Trade
How can our “hypothetical” situation be fixed? Truthfully, we cannot fix others. The thing is, God never said we'd control the narrative of our life, the only thing we can do is yield to the one who controls everything. Jesus said, “In this world, you will have tribulations: but be of good cheer; for I have overcome this world.” Jesus wanted us to know that he left Christians the gift of peace. Not that we wouldn't be provoked, misused, or hurt. But to understand that in order to receive and experience His peace, we must let go of our fears. Our adversary uses our pain to make us offended people who live life artificially; he wants us to be afraid of hope, afraid to be different, and afraid to be Christians. Eventually, fear becomes the concept or disembodied thing that Christians idolize. However, Jesus offered us a trade. A life for a life (John 6:63).
Today I challenge you to face your true self. Face-off with the lies, perception, motives, and fears that keeps you from being authentically you. For the sake of a free and healthy soul - let it go so you can heal. God needs you for His global takeover.
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In His Service,
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