IS IT FEAR OR CAUTION?
President Franklin Roosevelt famously stated; “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”
We are told in the book of Job, (from the bible) that Job said, “The thing I feared came upon me.” And then again He declared; “that which I was afraid is come to me.” If you are a bible reader you know the horrible things that happened to Job.
What is the difference between fear and caution?
Consider this: Fear and faith are both believers. One believes for bad and the other believes for good. If God is good and the devil is bad, then faith believes in what God will do, and fear believes in what the devil can do. Think about it! In Psalms 23 the author said; “ I will fear no evil…” It is a choice we make.
One of them (God) loves us and the other one (devil) hates us. Which ever one we lend our believing to is the direction our life will go. Fear has torment! It will wake you up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, worrying about tomorrow. It makes many people hit the bottle to assuage that awful feeling. Fear will make you panic, and panic will make you hurt yourself.
Faith is totally supported by love. “God IS love”
I read this following statement in the bible; “There they were in great fear, where no fear was.”(Psalm 90) Fear is one of the greatest and most effective tools that man’s enemy, the devil, uses. It seems to release him to do his dirty work, just like faith appears to release God to do good and desirable things for us. Fear and faith are only opposites in this respect; – one believes for good things and the other believes for bad things.
Faith has JOY, – fear has TORMENT.
What is Caution? Fear and caution are not the same. I can be cautious without being in fear. But it requires some wisdom and honesty to determine the difference. The scriptures taught me to “be careful (fearful) for nothing.” I am cautious when I drive my car. I am cautious when I consider the words I use. If I use grievous words, I stir up anger. If I speak softly I can turn away wrath and settle dissagreements. “The power of life and death is in my tongue.” I use caution when I train my child, lest I build in him/her an angry spirit of rebellion, and have a future I didn’t want for myself or for my child.
I choose to operate in faith. – not fear. It is my choice! That is also your choice. Faith keeps me in ‘good standing’ with God. “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” By living my life in faith, I know that God does things for me that I am not even aware of.
I have chosen to never let a comment come out of my mouth that claims either FEAR or PRIDE. They both have clearly declared negative and undesirable consequences. If I can restrain my mouth from claiming fear and pride, -my believing will begin to align with it.If I live my life in fear, bad things can happen that would have otherwise been avoided. It is not a negative to be cautious. GD
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