“There was once a criminal who was sent to the king for punishment.The King told him he had a choice of two punishments. He could be hung by a rope or take what’s behind the big,dark,scary,iron door.The criminal quickly decided on the rope.As the rope was being slipped on him,he turned to the king and asked, “ By the way,out of curiosity, what’s behind the door? ” The King laughed and said, “You know it’s funny…everyone picks the rope.” “So,” said the criminal, “Tell me what’s behind the door?I mean obviously, I won’t tell anyone,” he said,pointing to the noose around his neck.The King paused then answered, “Freedom, but it seems most people are so afraid of the unknown that they immediately take the rope.”
Picture the above scenario for a minute.Put yourself in the shoes of that criminal,how can you describe the feeling?…
According to the Collins Pocket dictionary fear is:
- Distress or alarm caused by impending danger or pain
- Something that causes distress.
In my own words I would describe fear as a distress-alarm.
We all live in one form of fear or the other. Fear of failure,of death,of the unknown,of the known,of pain,of heart-break,loss and the list is endless.It would be a blatant lie for anyone to boldly declare that he or she has never experienced fear and never lives in it.The big question is, How do we handle our fear?
The criminal in the short-story highlighted at the beginning of this write-up experienced the fear of the unknown. He had two choices to make:The rope or what was behind the big,dark, scary, iron door.
Notice the description of the second choice… big,dark,scary,iron door. The seen is already frightening how much more what’s behind it!It could have had a hungry carnivore ready to rip-off his/her flesh and skin him or her alive or a huge endless dark hole that would plunge him/her into oblivion.He chose what he knew but lost it all because of the fear of the unknown. Where am I going with all this?
Many a times,we walk on egg-shells day in,day out as a result of fear.Living in such manner makes us slaves to fear and it obliterates our joy. Depression, suicidal thoughts,mental illnesses,high blood pressure and many more stem out of the root of fear.
Fear should be renamed ‘inter-fear’ because it is constantly interfering with your getting what you want in life.Too many of us live our lives choosing the familiarity of our rope (familiar pain,familiar struggle, familiar patterns),fearful of going for the unknown alternative-which can lead to freedom and ultimate happiness. Karen Salmansohn(notsalmon.com)
In a Desiring God article written by Jared Mellinger,he sites a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne called The Scarlet Letter (I should get this one!💁)…where Arthur Dimmesdale,a pastor who secretly committed adultery, tragically turns inward rather than humbling himself in confession and turning to Christ for mercy and help.Persistent guilt, fasting,self-mutilation and sorrow cannot heal him.He soon looses his mind,destroys his health and ruins his soul through the torment of endless self-reflection.Hawthorne writes, “He thus typified the constant introspection wherewith he tortured, but could not purify himself.”
Dimmesdales’ fear of sin broke and eventually destroyed his life.
“I desire mercy not sacrifice and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6
Fear is paralysing,fear is tormenting, fear is merciless and ruthless.It strips one off his or her life in exchange of shadows.When all this is said and done,where is the place of God? Does He know that we experience fear?…
- “Have I commanded you?Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid;do not be discouraged,for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
- “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
- “Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me,your rod and staff comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
- “I sought the Lord and He answered me,He delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
- “Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.” 1Peter 5:7
The Bible is enriched with good counsel on how to live free from fear.God recognizes that fear is real and He provides a way out. Seek Him,cast your anxiety and fear on him,be aware that He is with you. The one scripture that stands out for me when it comes to this issue of fear is in the book of Romans 8:15 which says, “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear but you received the spirit of sonship and by him we cry ‘Abba’ Father.”
I make it intentional to always bring up this scripture whenever fear creeps in and it is so liberating. I am a child of God and not a slave to fear!Halleluyah!🙌
God loves you so much,he desires for you to live free of this distress-alarm-fear.Incase you have not allowed Him to take preeminence in your life,this is an opportunity for you to invite Him into your life.Pray this prayer with me…
“Dear Lord,I come before you this day broken and ready to be mended by you. Help me Oh God live free from fear,even as I accept you as my Lord and Savior.Make me aware of the fact that I am your child and not a slave again to fear.Help me Oh Lord to walk in the consciousness that you are with me even in my darkest of valleys.Thank you Lord. I pray this trusting and believing.”
This song ministers to me.My prayer is that it ministers to you too☺
We are no longer slaves again to fear.
Have a liberating week!
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