Discussion on the Topic of Fear
Wholesome Life  2008-09-18

Fear – it is a natural part of our everyday life. Fear makes its way in our hearts from our childhood and follows our path till the day we die. Fear is something each and one of us experiences to a certain degree. This is why I decided to gather the elderly people whom we minister at the Wholesome Life Center, and to initiate a discussion about the topic of fear – the different types of fears that cripple us – some unreal, others – very real. The worries that take away our peace and joy…

I started the discussion with a small speech about the source of fear, the meaning and definition of the term "fear" and the types of fears that we experience, leading to the idea of the fear of the Lord. I pointed out that all our worries and fears are connected either with our past or our future. When we look back at our past we tend to ask – "what if…" (What if I was born in another country, what if I had a different family, etc…) and we feel regrets… Then, we look towards our future and again we ask the question - "what If" (what if I get sick, what if my husband leaves me, what if I don't have a job and money, etc.). This makes us prisoners of the past and the future, and we forget that the only real life we have is in the present.

The most important point of my little sermon was that the only fear that is healthy for us and our wellbeing is the fear of God – not to tremble in His presence, but to respect and adore Him and His majesty. The unbelievers don't feel God's mighty presence… The believers know what it is to be in His presence and have fear of God, but in the everyday life we all sometimes loose that fear of God's greatness. Then we get entangled in our worries and fears and that makes us depressed, discouraged, hopeless… I wanted these elderly people who have gone through so many hardships in their lives to really understand that only the fear of the Lord gives us peace that the mind cannot understand (Philippians 4:7). After my introductory speech, we spoke about the fears we all have and how they damage our lives. At the end we had a time of prayer where we willfully gave away all our fears in the loving hands of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.

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