Fear in Control Outline
- Fear explained.
- Dread explained.
- How Fear took over in my life.
- Repetition of Satan’s Tactics.
- Podcast Transcript
Good afternoon! Welcome to “Healing our Brokenness”, Episode 41, entitled “Fear in Control”. How many of you have dealt with fear? How did it make you feel? Was your heart racing? Did you feel like you were losing your mind? Was your body shaking?
What is fear? Fear is when we are perceiving something as a threat or danger to us. If you have dealt with any kind of trauma, or have PTSD, you know that the fear part of the brain can get triggered. And then when this happens, All reasoning goes out the door. We know what we know, but because the fear brain has taken over, we cannot stop it. What happens is that while the fear brain is in control, you become keenly aware that the fear is irrational and needs to stop. You literally feel as if someone is behind you and after you at the same time. I have experienced this several times. When it happens, I usually get praise music in my head to let me know that I am OK. However, I cannot stop the process of what the fear brain of PTSD / trauma is doing. It has a mind of its own so to speak. No amount of talking myself down helps me to calm down. I know that I just have to wait it out.
When we think of dread it does not bring about a good connotation. Dread makes you think of something awful taking place, another form of extreme fear within itself. When I was in my 20s, and I found myself having a health crisis, my life was filled with fear that was out of control, and daily battles of dread of dying because of my health. I am allowed Satan to get the best of me in my thoughts, and in my spirit. Every day, as I waited for my thyroid condition to improve, Satan had me trapped in a foot hold of fear and dread about me possibly going into cardiac arrest and dying before getting to the point of feeling better.
What made it worse is that i was suffering from an extreme lack of sleep. When you are going without sleep for so long, it puts you quickly in a category for having a lot of other things to take place. And some of those things include mental health issues, nervous system issues, focusing issues, brain fog, and the inability to cope in general. My lack of sleep coupled with dealing with trying to get my thyroid under control for months made me the perfect bait for Satan to get a foothold.
And what were his lies? His lies were “This is it. You are not going to make it”. Then after a while, I realized that I had gone about 6 months feeding into this mess. I have wasted all of the time that could have been used enjoying myself locked into fear of dying.
As Christians, we are not exempt from dealing temptation and spiritual warfare. We have God’s promises even when we don’t feel like they are true or that he hears us or even that he is near to us.
Hear are some scriptures to help you during times of fear that I am currently implementing as I walk through releasing fear in certain areas of my life:
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
13 I can do all things through [a]Christ who strengthens me.
Please cover us in your blood from the crown of our heads to the soul of our feet. Please help us to know that you are near. You are the same God in every area of our lives, including fear. Help us to remember this, even when we don’t feel it or can’t see it. I pray for a covering of hope, love, and peace.
In your name,
Thank you for listening to Healing our Brokenness, episode 41 entitled “Fear in Control”.