Faith or Fear
Fear is a spirit. The gospel of John tells us the Holy Spirit is like the wind, we can see the effects of the wind, it comes and goes, but we can’t see the wind. So it is with the spirit of fear, we can see its effects, but we can’t see its substance for it too is like the wind. The spirit of fear is directly opposite the Spirit of Faith which is YHVH. Just as the Spirit of YHVH is constantly around us so is the spirit of fear constantly around us. Each moment of every day is a constant choosing of one or the other — Faith or Fear.
Rom 8:5-17, For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Messiah, he does not belong to Him. If Messiah is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Yashua from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Messiah Yashua from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh– for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Messiah, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
There is a gland in our brain called the hypothalamus which is responsible for hormone production. The hormones produced by this area of the brain govern body temperature, thirst, hunger, sleep, circadian rhythm, moods, sex drive, and the release of other hormones in the body. This area of the brain controls the pituitary gland and other glands in the body. This area of the brain is small, but involved in many necessary processes of the body including behavioral, autonomic, and endocrine functions. The hypothalamus’ primary function is homeostasis, which is to maintain the body’s status quo system-wide.
The hypothalamus uses a set-point to regulate the body’s systems including electrolyte and fluid balance, body temperature, blood pressure, and body weight. It receives inputs from the body, then initiates compensatory changes if anything differentiates from this set-point. The set-point can migrate, but remains remarkably fixed from day-to-day.
The hypothalamus responds to a variety of signals from the internal and external environment including body temperature, hunger, feelings of being full up after eating, blood pressure and levels of hormones in the circulation. It also responds to stress and controls our daily bodily rhythms such as the night-time secretion of melatonin from the pineal gland and the changes in cortisol (the stress hormone) and body temperature over a 24-hour period. The hypothalamus collects and combines this information and puts changes in place to correct any imbalances. Information taken from: http://www.yourhormones.info/glands/hypothalamus.aspx and http://www.healthline.com/human-body-maps/hypothalamus
The hypothalamus gland is the seat for all fear, anxiety, stress, panic, phobias, rage and anger. The spirit of fear is constantly harassing the hypothalamus with whispers; they are going to make fun of you if you say that word from YHVH; if you wear that you will look like an idiot; one more piece of cake won’t hurt you, besides there may not be any left by morning. And on and on it goes.
How do you respond? If you reject the spirit of fear and are obedient to YHVH and His Will for your life, the spirit of fear has to flee; James 4:7, “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” But, if you pay attention to the spirit of fear by opening a door to its suggestions it is an opportunist, it will waltz right in and quickly set about inviting its friends i.e., resentment, rejection, abandonment, bitterness, hatred, jealousy, envy, gossip, etc., and all their friends. As you continue to listen to fear’s voice, fear and its bedfellows become more and more entrenched and you become less and less able to hear and obey the voice of YHVH.
In the above description of the hypothalamus gland it says:
It receives inputs from the body, then initiates compensatory changes if anything differentiates from this set-point. The set-point can migrate, but remains remarkably fixed from day-to-day.
Our bodies have a set-point. Fear or Faith is the major controllers of our set-point. Let us reject the set-point of fear and its partners, and ask YHVH to release their hold on us, remove them from our beings and change our set-point to: Trust, Belief, Faith, Obedience to the Word of YHVH!
An excellent resource is Dr. Henry Wright of A More Excellent Way To Be In Health’s book FEAR Overshadowing Your Life. The following Practical Steps to Freedom are taken from his book.
Assignment — Day 11: Make your own Fear list. Come before YHVH with your personal list, hold it up to Him and let the devil know that you are not going to put up with this stuff anymore. Let him know you are going to take your life back. (At the end of this post is a list of fears for your consideration.)
Step 1. Make a decision. You have to make a decision to step away from fear.
Step 2. Ask for discernment. You need to be able to see clearly how you are being affected by fear.
Step 3. Repent. Specifically for each way you have given in to fear, not trusted YHVH and not believed His word. Repent first then ask for release.
Step 4. Ask YHVH to forgive you; so that you may truly begin to trust and believe Him.
Step 5. Develop new habits. Submit your thoughts to YHVH. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Whenever you do succumb to fear, repent.
Step 6. Quote the Word of YHVH. “For YHVH has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2Tim 1:7 Declare over your life that you believe these words from YHVH and will not believe what fear is saying to you anymore.
Step 7. Choose what you will believe. You have to continually choose to believe YHVH no matter what things may look like to your natural eyes, or seem like to your natural mind.
YHVH is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? YHVH is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
Some fears to consider: Fear of aging, fear of menopause, fear of drowning, fear of suffocation, fear of fires, fear of lightning, fear of electrocution, fear of storms, fear of heights, fear of elevators, fear of crowds, fear of being free, fear of God, fear of airplanes, ambulances, animals, babies, fear of bridges, fear of being alone. Fear of childbirth, fear of choking, fear of confinement. Fear of dependency, fear of betrayal, fear of being trapped in circumstances, fear of criticism, fear of disapproval. Fear of doctors and hospitals, fear of white coats, fear of bad news, fear of needles, fear of change, fear of vomiting, fear of disability.
Fear of… Introspection, self-consciousness, self-awareness, over-sensitivity, timidity, apprehension.
Fear if inadequacy, fear of intimacy, fear of public speaking — which is fear of man, feelings of distress — which would be an unknown fear. Fear of insects, fear of noises. Fear of judgment against yourself, God, or anyone else. Fear of loss of identity, fear of making a commitment, fear of marriage, fear of men, fear of situations.
Fear of nuclear war, fear of pain, fear of radiation, fear of rape, fear of water, fear of women. Fear of accusation, fear of condemnation, fear of harassment, fear of persecutions and suffering, fear of disfigurement, fear of blood, fear of not having your turn at the washer or dryer. Fear of thieves, fear of being robbed, fear of staying home, fear of weapons, fear of fear.
As you can well see from the above list you can be afraid of anything and everything! Butin Yashua we are over-comers!