Wednesday, November 30, 2016

FEAR!!!-Trepidations' of the Unknown

Over the previous several months during 2016; I have had to come along side to help many people cope with certain situations of anxiety and stress-because they have found themselves struggling within the Throes and Trepidation of  'fear'. 

Due to such experiential encounters-this has ushered in Cause-and-Effect for me write, and share Intel about the ways and means that may bring some comfort. To those in the throes-of-the-moment and others who may be hurting; and in pain with anxiety and stress.

Firstly, know this: 'fear' is closely akin to being an allegory-it may be taken figuratively.Why? Because when you look at each letter that make up 'fear'. Here is how it translates:

Let's take a look at the theology of it. To be in fear or to operate with fear, means, 'one does not have God in, "Front-of-Mind-Consciousness'. The passage of Psalm 23:, v1 reveals "The Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want... " This is no-doubt the best-loved passage in the O.T. Bible-it is clearly about somebody who have lost all the comforts of Worldly things and want to come in to a better place-out of the turmoils-to a Safe Haven of Security. The image of Christ as the shepherd is an intimate and personal one. 

He is not a distant king or Lord, nor is he an impersonal Rock or shield. He is "The Shepherd" who takes care of all the needs of his sheep. David who would be king; out of his own faithful care for his father's sheep may have led him to consider how fully he could trust in the Lord, his heavenly shepherd. David realizes that his situation is not just one of the absence of want-but one where his "cup overflows"

Indeed, v 4 reveals "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death; I will 'fear' no evil for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me" This passage provides a picturesque and wonderful trusting and peaceful relationship-one may have with God-as a deep reservoir of comfort thereby eliminating any elements of fear.

The Bible tells of two types of 'fear'-one is beneficial and the other is a determent-one that we should strive to overcome. The beneficial one is, "Fear of the Lord". Which does not necessarily mean, 'To Be Afraid'. It is to be a reverential "Awe-of-God". To reverence for his mighty Power and Glory! I hasten to add, it's prudent, proper, and respectful way to also have knowledge and understanding of God's wrath and anger. Yes, he does bring consequences to the fore front when needed. Reflect on when he told Noah to build the Ark-his heart was grieved. When he instructed Joshua along with Caleb to let the children of Israel  wander in the wilderness for 40 years to have the disobedient, unruly and stubborn one die off.

The second type is,-The Determent "The Spirit of Fear". "For God has not given us a 'spirit of fear' -but of power and of love and of sound mind" {2 Tim 1:7}-a spirit of fearfulness and being timid is not of God. Being human sometimes the spirit of fear overwhelm and/or overcomes us. This is when our faith kicks-in, which leads us to trust in; believe in; and love God completely, with all your heart, mind, body and soul.
A Word About 'Panic Attacks': A sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions-the brain tells you real danger is apparent. This can be very frightening-many times one have no apparent reasons-one can detect. Basically, no obvious reason is evident. It may last from 5 minutes to upwards of 30 minutes or thereabouts. This is known as a physical "fight-to-flight' reaction. Which involves an accelerated heart rate, light, to mild sweating, tension, pounding of pulse. This can translate to anxiety and stress- Thus the advent in the throes of-trepidation of 'fear'.
Method and approach to help elevate the situation. Relax, start doing deep breathing exercises, focus on quietness, calmness, peacefulness and solidarity, and in the end pray and meditate..

Research/edit/Up front and close/practicable experiential encounters By Bishop Steve Braxton, pastoral care, behavioral modification practitioner,

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