I want to revisit Curb Your fear and lay it out in a little more detail. Many mental illnesses have a root in fear! Fear is normal as it can protect us when there is imminenet danger. When it becomes a frequent or constant and there is no real danger; it manifests itself in undesirable anxiety or worry. If you were to be an outsider looking in on yourself during a “panic or anxiety attack” most likely you might scratch your head and wonder why? You may be hardpressed to ind anything in the present that could physical harm. Those unwarranted “feelings” can stem from – ingrained perceptions, a false memory, some sort of speculation and a mindset steming from deceptive thoughts.
This post is taken from a discussion with author Brian Ludwig PANIC ATTACKS CALMING THE STORM. He was explaining fear to a group plagued with anxiety.
FROM A DISCUSSION WITH AUTHOR BRIAN LUDWIG
I have good balance. I can walk and balance myself on a curb where a sidewalk does not exist. A curb is around 8 inches wide. I seem to be able to balance myself and walk on the curve very effectively. However, if that same curb was located a couple hundred feet off the ground, the task — the exact same task — would be extremely difficult.
Why — there is now an impending opportunity for loss that was not there before. Because of that, new emotions now begin to surface. The opportunity for loss opens the door for potential fear. Potential fear causes distractions that have the ability to undermine my confidence.
All of a sudden my effectiveness is being attacked. But what has changed? I still have the same ability and the curb is still the same width.
What has changed is that I am now entertaining thoughts that have created fear because there is now an impending potential for loss. Nothing has changed on the outside, I am still able and the curb is the same width. However, the potential for loss opens the door for fear to be brought on the scene.
Consequently, what was once done with no anxiety has now changed. It’s not just me walking along a curb, it’s me juggling thoughts of a potential loss, of harm being brought to my life.
I now have baggage that was not present before the curb was elevated far off the ground. The baggage weighs me down and causes distractions. My confidence is now attacked because a once healthy respect of my task has now escalated into a debilitating fear
Ponder over these bullet points to help you understand the foundation of fearful living.
- Fear is a learned behavior.
- Thoughts establish our behavior; our behavior does not establish our thoughts.
- Your mindset is your collection of thoughts and beliefs that shape your thought habits. Your thought habits affect how you think, what you feel, and what you do. Your mindset impacts how you process information that you receive.
- You can’t always control what you go through, but you can control how you go through it, so you remain effective to obtain the victory.
- The battle for the victory of your mind cannot be fought by someone else.
- If your feelings drive you to have thoughts that are deceptive, then take authority over the initial thoughts that had the ability to cause you to have feelings that were based on lies.
He went on by explaining self-pity or that woe is me attitude often accompanies those with anxiety issues and mental illness in general. He shared how self-pity plays a major role in establishing an undesirable fear-laden lifestyle. The turning point in his path to freedom is anchored in his serach for truth!
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Self-pity can actually cause the formation of an unwanted mindset. The deception to continuously meditate on self-centered, selfish, self- absorbed thoughts will actually create a pattern of thinking that will continue to enhance and grow the misery that you continually embrace through your thoughts.
Where do good and evil come from?
2 Timothy 1:7 7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.
James 4:7 So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.
Don’t give the demonic realm the right to pitch a tent in your mind. Demand that your thoughts line up with the word of God. Demand that any thought that does not line up with the word of God is cast out by meditating on the truth found in the word of God.
The longer that you meditate on thoughts that war against the truth of the word of God, the more permanent the housing that those thoughts are contained by.
When you continually house thoughts that war against the knowledge of God, you allow more and more houses to be constructed. At that point, you have allowed a mindset to be established. …..INSTEAD BELIEVE IN AND FOLLOW THE TEACHINGS AND PROMISES OF GOD!
Philippians 4:6-7Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. 7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
If you continually meditate on self-centered thoughts, you will create self-centered feelings which will then generate more and deeper self-centered thoughts. When your thoughts are formulated in the absence of the influence of God, the demonic realm can cause you to allow a mindset to be established that will cause death, loss, and destruction.
If we demand that everyone and everything lines up with our desires and expectations before we can be happy and before we are capable of conducting ourselves properly – we offer the world nothing. We lose sight of the truth of the moment.
Thoughts like this are manipulated and spurred on by deception. Deception is the main TOOL used by the demonic realm
When we submit ourselves to the inferior, we allow stress and anxiety to fill our minds with the “what if’s” that have no life in them, no promise in them.
Don’t live by your feelings because they are:
- based on circumstances and not truth
- easily manipulated
- under the realm of demonic influence
If you allow your feelings to have a greater impact than the truth of the word of God, then your feelings will cause your thoughts to be inconsistent and easy manipulated which will cause all future thoughts to be inconsistent and easily manipulated.
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