Fear: The Believer’s Kryptonite (Intro)

2 Sam 22:30

For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.

When I see this scripture, it immediately reminds me of Superman; “…faster than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound…”

We are all fascinated with super heroes. It is evident when the move “The Avengers -End Game” grossed over 1 billion dollars its opening weekend. The reason: we acquiesce to super-human abilities bestowed on “mere” mortals to be used for the greater good – to “save the day”. We often don’t realize the power we already have been given. God places His ability on our ability, causing us to do what we could not do before he placed His ability on our ability.

Superman’s nemesis, or the one thing that rendered him powerless was “Kryptonite”. As a believer, if there’s one thing to pinpoint that renders us powerless, our kryptonite—it is fear.

Fear may be defined as an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger; unexpected danger, peril, to be afraid or apprehensive; an uneasy state of mind usually over the possibility of an anticipated misfortune or trouble

The reason fear is to the believer as kryptonite is to Superman is because, once fear is introduced into the mind, if not dealt with properly, it stifles the will, and influences the emotions; leaving men powerless.

Fear will cause you to make bad decisions, or prevent you from taking any action at all. It paralyzes you, disrupting the core of your “spiritual central nervous system”. No wonder, over 140 times in scripture, we are told “do not fear”.

David addressed this phenomenon of fear when he penned Psalms 91. Even with the opportunity to fear present, he concluded “I have no reason to fear.” This is the first installment of a series and upon its conclusion, my prayer is our minds will be renewed and we too will have the confidence to boldly say, – “I have no reason to fear”.

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