What does fear do to our bodies?
I came upon this verse, “Men’s hearts failing them for fear…” Luke 21:26. It caused me to pause; especially after reading medical reports stating fear can lead to heart attacks.
Within a frame of three years I lost my father and youngest brother to heart attacks, and another brother underwent a triple bypass.
I visited my cardiologist for a checkup and was told, “My plumbing side of my heart looked good; yet, the electrical side wasn’t beating in sync.” He recommended medicine and a heart ablation. I didn’t have peace with either.
Instead, I determined to shrink my fear filled thoughts since I lived in a fear-breeding atmosphere.
Fear was all over the chambers of my heart knocking me down, robbing me of joy, peace, purpose, focus, and forward living.
So when fear came knocking, I purposely chose this verse to wage war against fear, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. I made a decision not to open the door to fear and allow it to march in, sit down and start a conversation. This takes alertness and action.
Three years later I visited my cardiologist for a round of tests. Pleasantly surprised the Doctor told me my heart was beating at a normal rhythm. I knew who healed my heart beats, through His power, love, and choosing to keep a sound mind.
Only God knew the inner heart workings of my father and brother. For me fear had been a tag-along way too long.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (II Timothy 1:7, KJV)
The best recipe to shrink fear— Face your fears!