The Problem of Fear
Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity Kitai. Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real, but fear is a choice.
Cypher Raige, After Earth
Kitai, the son of a hero, is in danger and that is what his father tells him.
It's interesting to consider that fear is not real – in a sense it is exactly that: not real. It is real though in another, more spiritual sense. In a world that we normally don't see fear is very much more real. I believe that there is a spirit of fear – Why else would Paul tell Timothy (think: again a Father telling his son) that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control. So lets reconsider: Fear is not real in one sense – we can't touch it – but real in a spiritual sense – it takes power over our actions if we accept it. We have been given another spirit however. This second spirit (also mentioned in 2. Timothy 1:7) is a spirit of power, love & self-control. It is also a spirit that we need to accept. We may even need to kindle a relationship to that spirit. But let's get back to the real stuff: What did Jesus say about that? He said: In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world. My pastor put it this way: You have a big brother. A big brother that will take you through every trouble. He is stronger than any other: it is Jesus. See also the blog post on the website of CBG Church.