Fear is a natural human emotion which alerts us to the presence of danger. Exaggerated or irrational fear is a symptom of phobias which causes limiting beliefs and ideas. There are many subtle irrational fears and thought patterns that we have internalised overtime. These can keep us from maximising our full potential and accomplishing our God given purpose. Some common fears that people have are the fear of death and dying, the fear of being sick, the fear of being alone or the fear of not being loved or accepted by others.
Many fears are created from negative experiences early in childhood. Other fears stem from negative thought and ideas which we develop from the things that significant people have said to us. Some people are afraid of things that they didn’t experience themselves but represent secondary trauma passed down from their parents. An example can be a mother filling her daughter with extremely negative ideas about men and marriage. Although her daughter may not have necessarily experienced a bad marriage, she can erroneously transfer that fear into her own marriage.
Someone may have been hurt by people in relationships in the past. This can result in the fear of entering into new relationships and cause us to struggle with trusting other people. A child who was hurt by a parent may struggle to trust others. The fear would be that other people may hurt or harm them in the way that their parent(s) did. A rich man can struggle to enjoy his wealth because he is afraid that someone will rob him and take away his wealth. He can also live with the persistent fear that he could wake up one day and find himself poor again.
Negative life experiences can leave deep seated fears in our minds and affect our emotional responses to others. While it is important to learn from our past experiences, we must not allow these experiences to create deep seated fears that can cripple our chances of living a meaningful life. As Christians, let us pray and continue to bind the spirit of fear and it’s limiting effect on our lives. Ask God to show you where you have fears that limit your ability to advance and make progress.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).