Extinguishing the Spirit of Fear
We live in a time when fear and anxiety are the status quo.
We fear what is awaiting us with every new day. We’re anxious to find a place where we feel we belong, like we’re accepted. We stay awake at night thinking of all the work we’ve yet to finish, and we turn on the news only to find more reasons to lose sleep.
- Another shooting.
- Another contentious election.
- Another untimely death.
- Another reason to fear and let anxiety blow the sails of our souls.
What are we to do?
A brief Google search offers an abundance of cures. Our problem is we’re unhealthy, so here’s a 6-week exercise program with guaranteed results. Look at all the reviews, surely this will do it! Or maybe that’s not it, what you need is to level up your game. The problem is you’re using the wrong productivity system so you’re behind and anxious. Buy this book and its corresponding 3-month planner. Follow along and kiss your anxiety goodbye! Actually, what you need are more Instagram followers. Once you hit 2,000 everyone will love you and you’ll never be stressed again!
If only the solution to our problems were this simple. If only we could take a course and buy a book. Then all would be right in our world.
All of our Google solutions aren’t entirely false. They do offer treatments. A better workout routine and healthier lifestyle will certainly help. Having a good system to stay on top of things isn’t a bad idea at all. I know I couldn’t stay afloat without one! And, I’ve no doubt hitting 2,000 Instagram followers feels good. The real problem with these solutions isn’t that they’re wrong or bad.
Here’s the truth.
The problem is they don’t go deep enough. They don’t bring us to the root of our anxiety. It’s like slapping a band aid on a flesh wound; they bring only marginal healing. What’s needed is to go deeper because when you get down to the root, when you dig through the fog of anxious despair, you find there’s another reality, another dimension hardly spoken of. This is the dimension of the soul.
We are not only flesh and bones but also souls. Souls who are crafted by divine fingers for something more than what this world has to offer. Something deeper than a simple Google search can cure. Something which is only found in a kingdom which is foreign to this world—the kingdom of God.
In this kingdom we find promises which are kept, words which will never perish, and a God who has a personal history with anxiety and fear. A God who took on human flesh to free us from our anxious plight.
A God who entered into our human longings and anxious fears. A God who died to set us free and rose again to give us life. This life cannot be found anywhere else and this freedom cannot be lost.
The pages that follow are an invitation. They invite you to look at your anxiety and fear in the deepest levels; to go beyond what’s on the surface and get to your heart. At its core, this is an invitation to believe Jesus’ words to His disciples are words to you as well. “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful” (John 14:27).
If you keep looking, you’ll find an endless supply of reasons for your heart to be troubled. If you look to the Man Christians call Messiah, you’ll find an endless supply of reasons for your heart to have peace. In the process, you’ll find peace isn’t a thing to be had but a God to hold onto.
What you’ll find in these pages isn’t a quick fix or a one size fits all solution. No. You might not find anything, in fact. Or you may just find your whole being re-oriented at your deepest level. You may find that peace you’ve always been looking for.
You may find yourself with Jesus of Nazareth.
If fear and anxiety are things you struggle with, let’s walk this path together and find help.
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