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    Sunday School: Is Fear a Sin?

    Fear is an emotion and like many emotions, it’s not a sin. God created all of our emotions when He created us. When He finished, He looked at everything He’d made and it was very good (Genesis 1:31). Emotions are not sins, but sometimes we use our emotions in a sinful manner–such as when we get angry and begin hurting other people with our words and actions.

    Fears are split into two categories–rational and irrational. Rational fears make sense; for example, if I were face-to-face with a lion in the middle of the jungle, I would fear that the lion might attack me. That’s a rational fear: Lions need to eat, they’re territorial and I don’t know how to defend myself against them, so it’s entirely possible I could be attacked in that situation.

    An example of an irrational fear is that a giant asteroid will strike the earth and destroy everything. This is irrational because there are so many things that would need to line up perfectly for it to happen that it’s extremely unlikely, and fearing it cripples our ability to live our lives.

    Fear prepares us for situations when we may need to flee danger. Fear also causes our minds to begin preparing solutions to situations if running away won’t work. Sometimes fear keeps us safe and alive. Remember, fear is an emotion and God created emotions, so fear must have some beneficial purposes.

    Fears and even insecurities give us something to work through, something to overcome. Some of our big insecurities can’t be overcome without God’s help. Insecurities and fear help build thankfulness and appreciation. If we were confident in everything, we would become prideful and begin to believe we don’t need God; check out the story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9.

    Like many emotions, fear and insecurity become less beneficial when we allow them to control us instead of us controlling them and submitting them to God. If fear and insecurity are allowed to rule our lives, we won’t get to experience much of life. We’ll never have any adventures or try anything new. Fear can even keep us from accomplishing the things God has planned for us. This is not healthy fear.

    We can think of this kind of life-controlling fear as stage props for a play. A well-made prop wall might look like real stone or wood, but if we apply just a little bit of pressure to it, it’ll break, fall or we’ll tear right through it. That’s what life-controlling fears are like–they seem scary, but like a bully, if we stand up to them, face them and refuse to back down, then we’ll tear right through them. We have God on our side, what fear can stand against Him?

    Princesses, if you’re struggling with fear and insecurity I encourage you to pray and submit those fears to God, then with His help, stand up to them! Don’t let fear or insecurity control your life.

    What fears do you need to stand up to this year? Share your responses and prayer requests in the comments below!

    For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    8 COMMENTS

    1. I have a phobia called emetophobia, which is an irrational fear of vomiting. It’s been very difficult to get through, and I still haven’t overcome it, but I know with God’s help and a lot of hard work, I’ll get through it! Thanks for this wonderful post – it’s good to have reminders that everyone has fears, but with God, we can get through them!

    2. One of my biggest fears is other’s opinion about me. I often hear them talk behind my back and since I have a huge lack of self confidence, I end up being taken advantage of. I know I got to get rid of this fear and I pray God to strenghen me and to give me love for my ennemies…

    3. While I was struggling with fears after watching a horrible movie last year, I’ve seen God work in the most biggest ways through my weaknesses when I had finally admitted to him I needed him. Let him show it through you! God is faithful, and he will give strength to the weary, and power to the weak! Don’t give up Ladies!

    4. I think we all have no reason to fear, I won’t say i’m not afraid of anything but the word of God says we shouldn’t be afraid of anything if we’ve got Jesus and there’s also a good fear which is the fear of the lord in the book of proverbs19

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