CHAPTER 11:CONQUER YOUR FEARS
“He answered me and freed me from all my fears."
--David (Psalm 34:4)
I'm devoting this chapter to the subject of fear because I know from experience how debilitating fear can be. I'm not talking, however, about normal fear. We all have that and it‘s both necessary and desirable. I think that‘s the kind of fear I posed for Deborah, Barabbas‘ wife in my novel, .”Of Such Is The Kingdom.” But if he would have had more fear, perhaps he wouldn‘t have listened to the stranger. Yet, when asked why he thinks nobody does anything about the Romans and their taxes, Barabbas replies .”The only reason I can think of is fear. We‘re all afraid to say anything.”1
As Dr. Norman Vincent Peale points out, in his book, a guide to confident living, "the line of distinction between normal and abnormal fear is very finely drawn. Before one realizes, he may step across the line into the dark and shadowy regions of abnormal fear."*
So, for the remainder of this chapter, when we speak of "fear," let it be assumed that we are talking about abnormal fear. We could also call it irrational fear, because it has been proven that most of things we fear will happen never do happen. Yet, even though we may recognize it as being irrational, this fear can actually gain a grip on our minds and hearts and hold us back and keep us from accomplishing our goals and achieving your God-given success.
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