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The negative impact of fear

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By Dave Henning / August 14, 2012

Max Lucado discusses 4 ways that fear negatively impacts life in Chapter 1 of his book Fearless:

1.  Like the disciples in the boat with Jesus asleep during the storm, we too unleash a swarm of anger-stirring doubts.

2.  We become control freaks.  Fear essentially is a perceived loss of control, so we grab for a part of life we can manage.

3.  Our recall is deadened.  We develop spiritual amnesia, forgetting God’s goodness to us.

4.  Safety becomes our god and we worhip a risk-free life, unwilling to step out in faith.

Pastor Lucado goes on to contrast fear and courage: “Fear never wrote a symphony or a poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease.  Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry.  Fear never saved a marriage or a business.  Courage did that.  Faith did that . . . . Fear leads us into a prison and shuts the door.”

Max concludes with a prayer that when we face the seismos (quaking storms) of life, we will fear less tomorrow than we do today, and in the process not go under.

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    Dave Henning

  • I have been a great fan of Max Lucado for years, his style of writing, his humor and strength have been an oasis of peace and hope for me. You can pick up any of his titles and you will find ways to “worship” that you never considered. One of my favorites is “It’s Not About You”. Life isn’t about just us, it’s about serving, and that’s something that at times I slip and forget. We can all too easily fall into the trap of forgetting who we are, what He has given us and what do we do next? Fear is our prison, and once that door is shut we can be spiritually immobile. Remember Paul’s prison experience? when he was shackled in his cell? The great earthquake sent by God loosened his chains so he was set free. Pray for that “earthquake” so we too can be set free. Peace to all.


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