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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