FEAR VS. CONCERN (PART 2)

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In my last post, I contrasted the concepts of fear and concern. During this global coronavirus pandemic, it’s normal to be concerned. However, fear must be recognized and arrested if we are to make it safely through. Fear will kill your faith, and if your faith is dead, you open the door for “Corona” to kill you.

To recap, fear is characterized by compelling thoughts, reactions in your body (e.g., insomnia and loss of appetite, etc.), negative emotions of anxiety and unrest in the spirit to the point of torment, and irrational behavior (e.g., hoarding). In contrast, concern is characterized by peace, confidence in God, and Spirit-led action. We must choose the latter if we want to survive.

So what if you are in fear? What do you do? How do you combat fear and maintain a healthy concern all the way through this crisis?

  1. Recognize and take authority over the spirit of fear.  I Timothy 1:7 says,For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Luke 10:19 says, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” If we don’t recognize that fear is not an emotion, but a spirit, and that we do have power over it, we won’t even attempt to fight against it. When we don’t fight, we lose.
  2. Build yourself up in the Word. During this crisis, it’s imperative that we stay rooted and grounded in the Word of God. A consistent quiet time with God on a daily basis is a necessity. Now is not the time to miss spiritual meals. Jude 1:20 says, “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit….” You build your faith by reading and speaking the Word of God.
  3. Guard your eye and ear gates. You must control what enters your soul daily. Tony Robbins said, “You must stand guard at the door of your mind every day.” Watch what you read, programs you view, and what you listen to. You cannot resist fear when you fill your mind with CNN reports. Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
  4. Keep a positive confession. When you confess God’s Word daily, you build your faith because Romans 10:17 says, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Job 22:28 says, “You shall decree a thing and it shall be established for you.” So when you speak the Word of God, you build your faith and automatically counteract the fear the enemy attempts to dump on you.

Therefore, Beloved, don’t let the fear get the best of you. It’s OK to be concerned. Let that concern motivate you to make it through this crisis. Let concern motivate you to wash your hands regularly and wear a mask. Concern will help to keep you safe. Concern is your friend. Fear, however, is your worst enemy and will torment you right into sickness and disease, into the hospital, until you find yourself on a ventilator fighting for your life. Remember, Job 3:25 says, “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.” Please don’t let it happen to you. Put fear in its proper place: under your feet.

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FEAR VS. CONCERN

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Beloved, this global pandemic has required us to drastically change our way of life. The coronavirus crisis has struck fear in the hearts of people everywhere, even some Christians. Surely, we should be concerned about our health and the potential of the dreaded virus to cause sickness and death, but we should not wallow in fear like the rest of the world. Why? Because we have a God Who is our refuge and our fortress (Psalm 91:2) He is the Difference Maker. That is why we can maintain a position of concern and not let our emotions mushroom into full-blown fear.

What is the difference between fear and concern? This is very important to know so that we can maintain a position of faith throughout this ordeal and come out on the other side of it alive. Therefore, Let’s take a look at the characteristics of each, then you can make a determination as to whether you are simply concerned or in fear.

CHARACTERISTICS OF FEAR

Hopefully, as you read this you do not have the coronavirus. However, if you fear getting the disease, this is what you might be experiencing:

  • Your thoughts are continuously preoccupied with evil forebodings or extremely negative thoughts about the fact that you could indeed contract the coronavirus.
  • You may have negative emotions of depression, hopelessness, anxiety, or feelings of continuous stress.
  • You are anxious to the point where you may lose sleep or your appetite, or you overeat to cope with your negative feelings, setting the stage for your immune system to be compromised and sickness and disease to come upon you.
  • You see the threat of the coronavirus as a clear and present danger, although you don’t know for sure that you have been exposed to the virus, or you don’t have any symptoms manifesting at this time.
  • You have irrational fears due to feelings of not having any control over whether you contract the disease or not, and you fail to factor in the sovereignty of God Who is in control of your life.

CHARACTERISTICS OF CONCERN

Concern, however, is far different from fear. If you are simply concerned, this is what you are probably experiencing:

  • You refuse to let thoughts about contracting the coronavirus dominate your thought life.
  • Your daily activities of eating and sleeping remain unaffected.
  • You have peace and joy in spite of what is going on, and you are believing that you will not contract the virus because you are standing in faith on the Word of God.
  • You view the coronavirus crisis as a potential danger, not a clear and present danger.
  • You see yourself as having some control over whether you get sick or not, and you conduct yourself accordingly by taking the proper measures as prescribed by the governmental entities, and you are aware that God is ultimately in control of your life and what happens to you.

So you see Beloved, fear and concern are very different in nature. Are you concerned, or are you in fear? Know that how you respond to this crisis will determine your end result. Job 3:25 relays, “The thing I greatly feared has come upon me.” That is why we must be careful not to let concern morph into fear. I pray that you will stay in faith and not let fear get the best of you. A healthy concern is necessary, but fear must be cast down if we are to get through this situation with a powerful testimony that will ultimately draw unbelievers to the Savior.

How are you dealing with the spirit of fear during this coronavirus crisis? Please leave a comment below.

I’d love your help in spreading the word about my books, Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth. Click here to find out ways you can help.

 

 

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