Overcoming the Fear Factor in a Dangerous World

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It seems the world is more dangerous than it’s ever been. ISIS is beheading and burning people. Boko Haram has been busy kidnapping school girls. In fact, the Middle East seems as if it’s about to explode. We are warned of the threat of nuclear expansion to ominous and to unstable countries. Then there’s Ebola, not always in the news, but still destroying lives.

 
As far as America’s own national security we keep hearing disturbing things. Internal threats and homegrown terrorists. Protests that turn into riots. Porous borders. Our system of banking on the verge of total collapse.

 

Even in our own city, village, or neighborhood we face drive-by shootings, muggings, and even something as unthinkable as the sex-slave trade going on in the seedy part of town, or the not so seedy part of town.

 

What should we do? Some are stocking up on food, firearms, and ammunition, as well as subscribing to survivalist magazines. Those with the means, install high tech security systems. Others simply isolate themselves behind barred windows and multi-locked doors. They have become afraid. Fear is dominating their lives.

 
What is fear? You might say that it’s an emotion. I’d disagree. Fear itself is not a feeling. It is a spiritual force. And even the most intellectual, scientific, psychological- minded people know that on a visceral level. If you were in an airplane with severe engine trouble and someone in the next seat said, “The fear in here is so thick you can almost touch it,” you’d agree. The same would be true if you happened to be in a bank during an armed robbery. The fear would be palpable.

 
Though fear is a force, it can and does affect our emotions and in many instances can cripple individual lives. Yet many have absolutely no anxiety about the threats of this world. These are believers who have moved past fear and into the Lord’s promise of peace, protection, and blessing

 

Hebrews 13: 5a-6 [NASB] ~ for He Himself has said, I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU; NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU.” So that we confidently say, THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?

 
When I look at this Scripture I see what the Lord has said, but there’s another part. I see that we are supposed to say something. I’m supposed to say: The Lord helps me and I’m not afraid of what man can do on this earth to me. It plainly tells me to say that. Not only to read it, no just think it, but to say it aloud.

 
What we say, shapes our feelings, especially what we say about ourselves. If I ever catch myself saying about some event, perhaps on the news, “That’s so scary.” I immediately say to myself out loud, “Quit that fear talk.”

 
In fact, I talk to the news reports. I even point a finger at the TV and shake it. I really do, and as a recovering news junkie, it makes them less powerful in my life. If there’s a report on the news about anxiety on the increase in the nation as well as an increase in pill popping to cope with it, I say, “Not in my house! Not in my life!” But that wasn’t always so. At one point, a few years ago, I had great anxiety. Things were going hay-wire in my life and I found I could not cope with the destructive actions of some people in my life. But I literally talked myself out of that situation. Words have power, after all. I began saying words of power and faith. Of course the words I choose to say come from the Bible. If God said the words first, there’s more power in them than in something I make up on the spur of the moment.

 
Another very practical thing to combat fear is to realize is that fear is the anticipation of something bad happening. In actual fact, that feared thing rarely comes to pass in the individual’s life. Another practical tactic to combat fear is to laugh a little. Laughter dispels fear. Doctors tell us deep belly-laughs releases marvelous feeling endorphins. So, go to a comedic movie, or play a tape of an old one on your TV. Do something, anything that will make you laugh which will in turn decrease your anxiety and fear. And that’s the key. Don’t be passive and let fear overtake you. Combat it.

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About NikeChillemi

Nike Chillemi has been called a crime fictionista due to her passion for crime fiction. She writes literature that reads like pulp fiction. She likes her bad guys really bad, and her good guys smarter and better. She is the founder and chair of the Grace Awards, a member of ACFW. She has judged numerous literary awards including the Grace Awards, Carol Awards, Inspy Awards, and the Eric Hoffer Awards. View all posts by NikeChillemi

10 responses to “Overcoming the Fear Factor in a Dangerous World

  • Carol Graham

    You are bang on in both describing fear and facing it. I have lived a traumatic life and have learned how to do just that — yet fear has a subtle way of creeping up and grabbing you when you are vulnerable. It starts in our thoughts and I constantly tell myself “buy the thought and you buy the lie” I appreciated the scriptures you used and know that that is where our thoughts and focus must be.

    For the past 6 weeks I had been in a terrible physical place and considering how many times I have been healed in my life, including cancer over 40 years ago, fear still grabbed me. I was terrified of the ‘death sentence’ and was buying into it. I thought my husband was coming into my office to console me but he was there to lecture me — he said “You are the strongest woman of faith I have ever met — why are you allowing this?” It was a slap in the face and within hours my entire situation turned around. That was almost a week ago and it feels like an eternity since I was basking in the terror I allowed.

    Thank you for the confirmation

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    • NikeChillemi

      Carol, You are right that fear has a subtle way of creeping up on us. Fear never stops. It’s a negative, demonic spiritual force that comes with the curse. Fear doesn’t play nice. It does grab you when you’re most vulnerable.

      I like what you said, “buy the thought and you buy the lie.” Wow! How true!

      I’m so glad you bested your fear. PTL

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  • Jim Edwards

    For the Lord does NOT bring a spirit of fear, but of Power of Love and of a Sound Mind,
    Don’t laugh a little. Laugh a LOT.. Laugh at the very lies that would take you down.
    Try a read of Let’s Just Laugh at that’ by Steve Backlund.
    It’s a very powerful way of dismantling their potential.

    Blessing, Joy and laughter come upon you and overtake you – Nike.
    Love it!

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    • NikeChillemi

      Jim, I agree with you. Yes, laugh a lot. I’d never heard of Let’s Just Laugh at That by Steve Backlund. So, I looked it up on Amazon and it seems to be a really good book. Thanks for suggesting it.

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  • gkittleson

    It’s heartening to read this article, Nike. One of the WIPS I recently completed has this moral premise: Fear debilitates, but courages leads to autonomy and liberation.

    You’re right, fear never seems to tire of acting on us, and we have to stand against it.

    Thanks for this post.

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    • NikeChillemi

      Gail, I’m seeing Christian novels attacking fear and other negative spiritual forces. This is good, only good. Our words are powerful when spoken and written. Best to use God’s own Word when meeting the enemy, however. 🙂

      No fear is relentless, always looking for an opening. We do have to stand against it.

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  • gkittleson

    I totally agree on using God’s own Word to resist/confront, Nike. I wouldn’t be here without it, that is for certain
    . I try to show someone moving into ACTION based on Scripture. At least for me, that’s been a challenge…it was one thing to memorize a kazillion verses, but quite another to ACT on them!

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    • NikeChillemi

      Gail, I wasn’t brought up to act on Scripture. Didn’t even know to say the Word out loud on my own behalf and the behalf of others. I had to hear several sermons on that before I really got it. But it’s amazing to do that. And it works.

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  • Janis Cox (@AuthorJanisCox)

    Nikki,
    Very well written and powerful. Speaking God’s word openly speaks powerfully against demonic forces and strengthens us as well to rid us of the fear.
    Blessings,
    Janis

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    • NikeChillemi

      Janis, Yes, when our natural ears hear God’s Word coming out of our mouths it strengthens us in the natural. When our inner man hears those words it strengthens our spirit – even more important.

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