Inside Out, a new blog series launching today, deals with our emotions. Whatever is inside always comes to the outside. Jesus said it’s impossible to stop ourselves from speaking what’s on the inside; for “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
We want to examine what healthy biblical emotions look like. We want to use Jesus as our example.
Here’s what we know for sure. Jesus experienced all five emotions; fear, anger, disgust, sadness and joy. And yet His emotions never controlled His reactions. His emotions didn’t drive His decisions or lead Him to sin.
Our fears must be challenged.
If we allow fear to grow unchecked, we give it the right to be our master, and a horrible master it will be.
The Apostle Paul wrote to Pastor Timothy; “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Why did Paul write that? Because Timothy was completely overwhelmed with fear and was walking away from the ministry.
- Fear disempowers us.
- Naked fear enslaves us.
- Fear left unchallenged will make us feel like a helpless victims, even though we aren’t.
Someone said that 90% of the things we fear never come to pass. But do you know what that proves? Fear actually works!
Have you ever thought about some of the things we fear the most?
- important decisions.
- living in a world that seems out of control.
- losing our jobs.
- finding out we have a serious illness.
- And most of all we fear our own destructive impulses, impulses we can no longer resist, and with that fear is the greater fear of being disgraced and losing respect.
Isaiah 43: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, your Savior.”
 Luke 6:45
 2 Timothy 1:7
 Isaiah 43:1-3 NKJV