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Have you figured out that most of the things we fear never occur?  Alfred Hitchcock knew this and made millions  of dollars off of the concept.  The spooky old filmmaker knew that a shadowy suggestion with some creepy music would send your mind reeling into great depths of terror.  His modern protege, M. Night Shyamalan, uses the same technique.  The suggestion ignites our imagination and our “fear” drives the rest.  In other words, we do it to ourselves.  Think about all of the things we deny ourselves, our friends, our family, our kids because of our fearful speculations that will never happen!  How many relationships have been circumvented because we are afraid of being vulnerable again.  How many couples have defaulted into just sharing space and ignore the marriage covenant because one or both are afraid of being wounded?  If we give-in to every fear that the enemy suggest, we might as well lock the doors, have our food delivered through the mail slot and experience the world through the eyes of virtual technology.  It is stinkin’ ridiculous!  If you breath  air on this planet, you are going to get hurt (maybe even often), rejected, ignored, overlooked and most-likely stepped on.  BUT, you can also risk the profound possibility of love and friendship, experience divinely orchestrated union and likely know the holy joys of real covenant.  But, it is going to require you to  risk some head shots, trust again, be vulnerable, ask for forgiveness on a regular basis and be willing to forgive and move on!  What a horrible way to live, when we allow the nasty suggestions about our future to come only from the pits of our past hurt.  Significant relationship prove there worth and depth not in calm seas, but when the storms roll in.  How else would you ever know if the boat has leaks?  I guess you could live in your comfort cave and never experience anything that is real, but that feels more like prison.  Assuredly, that is prison.

The more I watch and the closer I listen, the more I am convinced that in our culture (Christians may be worse than non-Christians) we are absolutely immersed and inundated in fear.  You would think that we would have a better grip on this, but we do not.  Much like Saul and Israel when they heard the words of Goliath, fear is rampant and spreads like a bad rash with every negative report.  I am not totally sure how the devil has convinced the church that he is more powerful than God, but we seem to have swallowed the bait whole.  Yes, satan is a formidable opponent, but he is also destined to the depths and ultimately defeated and he knows this better than we do!  He roars a lot, we listen a lot and it is about time for the Body to remember who it is that has its back and to take captive the thoughts that have us scampering for cover like a cockroach on cake once the light gets flipped on.

Where is our faith?  Where is our trust?  Where is our God?

We need to develop some serious spiritual spine or get some major deliverance.


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  1. May 13, 2010 at 6:28 am

    Dude! So good Mr Paschall! Thanks for this kick in the butt today!

  2. kayla phillips
    May 13, 2010 at 7:12 am

    amen! so good, and so challenging! thanks Mike!

  3. mogservant
    May 13, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Fantastic blog. You always make me laugh out loud with your straight up, no BS analysis of life. I’ve been fighting fear my entire life and I’m finally finding a point where it feels like the last big chunks are starting to fall off. Life is far too short to live fearing what may happen. Learning to trust, no matter how big the waves.

  4. paul allison
    May 13, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Amen SD. Keep preachin this stuff. Just don’t look for a mega-church to hire you!

  5. Paula Brown
    May 21, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I enjoyed this piece. Fear keeps people from living an authentic life. Yesterday an old man ran out of gas right in front of me at a stop sign. I pulled over and offered to help him by calling someone, finding a gas can and filling it up, or taking him home. He was afraid to get in the car with me. It made me wonder what had happened to him that would make him afraid to get in the car with an “older than middle-aged” woman who he outweighed by 80 or 90 lbs. Sometimes one single experience can produce fear in someone that taints their entire existance…..maybe I was scarier than I liked to think! Good article, Mike.

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