Unlearning Fear

Even though our fears our learned – we have to understand that the ability to fear is part of human nature. God wired to have fears – the protective ones.

But so often we get stuck in the restrictive fears –

  • If I go on this plane, it might crash.
  • If I start this business, it will fail.
  • If I ask her out on a date, she may say no.

The challenge with restrictive fears is that it typically leads to anxiety – which paralyzes us. So we learn these fears along life’s journey.

  • We fall off our bike … we will fall off again.
  • We get divorced … no one will ever love me.
  • We get sick … and worrying about sickness makes us sicker.
  • We burn our hand on a hot stove … we now become afraid of touching that stove again.

Even though fear is a learned behavior … there is so much that we learn through our fears!  If fear is a learned behavior … then that means it can be ……….. unlearned!

I had a friend who suffered from disambiguation for almost half her life … it’s the fear of flying … it kept her from going on missions trips, long distance vacations, etc. Recently she took her first plane trip.  If someone can be learned … it can also be unlearned.

W. Clement Stone:  “Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.”

What steps do you need to take today to unlearn your fears or to get unstuck from them?

Psalm 28:1: “The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.”  Don’t be afraid!!!

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