[Column] Clean Up Fearful Thoughts

Clean Up Fearful Thoughts

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

In this world, there are two kinds of people. One is those who have pessimistic tendencies in all things and the other is those who have optimistic tendencies. Optimists embark upon the path of happiness and success and pessimists inevitably embarks upon the path of unhappiness and failure. One of the commonest symptoms of pessimistic thoughts is fear.

Wordsworth wrote in one of his poem, “Fear hath a hundred eyes, that all agree to plague her beating heart.” Fear destroys confidence and normal interpersonal relations. Fear is generated in almost all circumstances and grows with doubts. Many are in the hospital because of ailments arising from fear in their heart. They destroy their lives by thinking about growing anxieties over un-occurred events.

During the Second World War, approximately 300,000 young people died. Ironically around this time in the U.S. the number of deaths due to heart attack exceeded a million. This was caused by constant anxiety of the caring individuals who had their sons and husbands on the frontline. More people died from anxious and fearful thoughts than from bullets.

There is an Indian fable about fear. A mouse in a village was helpless against cats. God had mercy on it and turned it into a cat. Now it was helpless against dogs. The merciful god turned it into a tiger. Now it constantly trembled in fear for hunters. He sighed in regret for what he has done and said to it, “You’ll be a mouse again. Regardless of what you are outside, you are always a vulnerable mouse inside. There is nothing I can do.”

Guard your heart so that fear will not creep in. Heart is the wellspring of life (Proverbs 4:23). Let God dwell in the center of your heart and be free from fear. “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”(Psalm 27:1). Drive away the thoughts that bring fear with the blood of Christ and fear God alone (Matthew 10:28). Pray for the overflowing of God’s love in your heart because fear cannot abide in love (John 1 4:18). Cast upon God the fear that remains in your heart, fear for the past, present, and future. At this moment clean it up in the name of Jesus Christ. And be strong and courageous in Jesus Christ.

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