Summary: What should Christians be afraid of.

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What are you afraid of?

Matthew 8:23-27

Being a man I hate to admit that I might be afraid of any thing. So my first reaction to talking about fear is to tap into my childhood. My physical childhood, I still am mentally child like.

I was probably afraid of the dark, and lots of other normal things growing up. To day I am not really talking about normal fear. Normal fear is a God given response to things that are dangerous. Things that can hurt you or other people. Fear is one of the many natural things that God has designed into people and animals.

Now there are some other fears that come from a trained response basically form experience. And for many people these can move from healthy fears to phobias.

One of the things that I remember as my biggest fear, a thing, a statement that would cause an instant fear response and immediately freeze me in my tracks. One phrase that turned me into a begging, groveling, crying mess was,” Wait until your daddy comes home!”

Later, in school, There was another phrase that did not have the same outward impact on me was, “Take out a blank piece of paper and a pencil.”

To be more open, now as a grown up I tend to be afraid of a lot more things, experience is a good teacher.

When the phone ringing late at night. Not really the phone but the potential conversation. I fear the bills, taxes, youth lock-ins, and traffic around Atlanta.

So, what are you afraid of? SLIDE - to Death and then Fear slide

The list of natural fears is seemingly endless.

I found a list of Phobias – Fears that were listed on the internet. That I thought were interesting and many were strange: ( could not pronounce the medical names so I am just going to give the definition)

Fear of failure – got it

fear of fire - Some

Fear of dancing – sorta got it

Fear of plants – Definitely not

fear of sleep – Don’t have it at all

Fear of dust. – Safe there

Fear of walking. – Still OK

Fear of looking up. – Maybe a little now I mention it.

Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth - No

Fear of opening one's eyes. - No

Fear of bald people – a little

Fear of Work – I got it pretty bad

Fear of one's own fears – That one bothers me….

Fear of getting wrinkles - No

fear of growing old - Yes

There are over 500 medically defined fears. They are defined to help psychiatrist and councilors to help people to identify a person’s phobias.

-- My definition of a phobia is a fear on steroids…. when something becomes a phobia, it means we have let our healthy fear that protects our lives, become something that keeps us from living.

However we are not talking about dealing with phobias this morning.

We are limiting our thoughts to dealing with normal fear.

Several years ago Columnist Dave Barry wrote "All of us are born with a set of instinctive fears--of falling, of the dark, of lobsters, of falling on lobsters in the dark, or speaking before a Rotary Club, and of the words "Some Assembly Required."

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