First, let’s define fear. Generally, it is used as a noun and defined as follows:
“A distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.”
Fear causes biological changes.
Fear leads to biological changes induced by adrenaline surges in the bloodstream. Adrenaline is preparing the body for a fight or a flight.
If, by chance, movement of blood from the cortex is too fast, one can even find himself or herself going faint, dumb, or just plain freezing in place.
When fear occurs in our life, respiration, blood pressure, perspiration, and heart rate all increase. Our body is ready for an all-out attack or a run for our life.
Related: How Fear Causes Sickness and Disease
Biological changes can result from real or perceived threats.
Real threats, of course, being when someone is actually attacking you or you are in a true physical fight. Perceived threats are either imagined, made up, or rationally assumed.
Whether perceived or real, fear, and the biological reactions explained, do occur.
Many times fear can be explained as the acronym:
Whether real or not, when fear strikes us, it is very real to us. The aforementioned biological responses prove that.
If not dealt with, fear can destroy our health.
If these responses are not dealt with in their proper form (actually getting in a fight or running for our lives), our health can be affected in cataclysmic ways.
It is our belief that much of the fear today is strictly in the realm of imagination. It stems from past hurts, trauma, disappointments, and uncertainty. If we do not deal with fear in the proper way, as described, fear’s bodily responses become the norm.
Fear can be perpetually self-generated with the internal repeat of questions such as: What if I can’t make enough money? What if this diet plan doesn’t work? What if I get cancer? What if I don’t make it? What if I can’t? What if they don’t like me?
You will notice in each of these questions the two words, “what if.” With these questions we can certainly see the answer is clearly unknown. However, when we allow these questions to be repeatedly asked verbally or internally, the emotion of fear will show its ugly head in our lives with a chronically elevated bodily response.
The emotions, questions, and dramas of fear become permanently ingrained in the computer like database of our inner brain. They can be easily accessed by idle thoughts, imaginations, words of another, pictures, or things we see.
The Root of Fear
Chronic elevations (caused by fear) of the listed bodily functions lead to elevated cortisol. Elevated cortisol will lead to increased blood sugar, increased insulin production, dysfunctional sleep patterns, weight gain, dysfunctional metabolism, hormonal imbalance, and chronic inflammation.
We mistakenly try to correct each with pills, diet, and exercise. However, none of these address the true root of the problem.
To understand the root of the problem, allow me to quote one verse from the Bible. 2 Timothy 1:7:
“For God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and of sound mind.”
If God did not give us the spirit of fear, then who did? I believe we all know the answer to that question.
A spirit of fear can barge its away into each one of our lives. We all realize how we feel, act, and respond to the world and our fellow man when the spirit of fear consumes us. However, we underestimate the power of the spirit of fear in regard to the decay of our health.
How to Overcome Fear
So how do we relieve ourselves from the pain of the spirit of fear and eliminate it from our lives? For the answer, I will again quote (in part) one passage from the Bible. 1 John 4:16-18:
“and so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him… There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…”
So there you have it. God is the source of love, and HE casts out all fear.
When we rely on him, it is his responsibility to make fear run the other way. You see, God makes fear run away from and scared of itself. Without him, fear runs rampant in our lives.
To trust God at his words is to trust Him to get rid of the fear.
When we are then filled with His love and peace, they exhibit themselves by lowering blood pressure, respiration, heart rate, and perspiration. Chronic and debilitating health conditions, as mentioned above, then are reduced. In turn, we find ourselves in a state of wellness and peace rather than the state of dis–ease.
If this writing resonates with you, share it boldly with others. Let’s all get some people free and healed.
If this writing arouses the emotion of anger, share it boldly with God. Let’s get you free and healed.