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Is/Are fear(s) a  weakness or a strength or both? (Please forgive my wording of this question) :-)))
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139792 tn?1498589250
Fear when paralyses you in taking any action, it is weasness. whne it spurs you to act, it will become strength.
when you can take action, it is not fear, it may be considered as a foresight.or you can say now-long concept.
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A different twist on fear in the new testament is the following verse that I have heard many times:

Second Timothy 1:7 says, For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (NKJV)  Other versions use the word, timidity which when looking up, I found the following as part of the definition:

2. characterized by or indicating fear: a timid approach to a problem.

1540–50; < L timidus fearful, equiv. to tim(ēre) to fear + -idus -id

Related forms:
ti⋅mid⋅i⋅ty, tim⋅id⋅ness, noun
tim⋅id⋅ly, adverb

1. fearful, fainthearted. See cowardly.

(http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/timidity) for reference
(Taken from the following site:  http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-fear.html)

What does the Bible say about fear?

Question: "What does the Bible say about fear?"

Answer: The Bible mentions two specific types of fear. The first type is beneficial and is to be encouraged. The second type is a detriment and is to be overcome. The first type of fear is fear of the Lord. This type of fear does not necessarily mean to be afraid of something. Rather, it is a reverential awe of God; a reverence for His power and glory. However, it is also a proper respect for His wrath and anger. In other words, the fear of the Lord is a total acknowledgement of all that God is, which comes through knowing Him and His attributes.

Fear of the Lord brings with it many blessings and benefits. It is the beginning of wisdom and leads to good understanding (Psalm 111:10). Only fools despise wisdom and discipline (Proverbs 1:7). Furthermore, fear of the Lord leads to life, rest, peace, and contentment (Proverbs 19:23). It is the fountain of life (Proverbs 14:27) and provides a security and a place of safety for us (Proverbs 14:26).

Thus, one can see how fearing God should be encouraged. However, the second type of fear mentioned in the Bible is not beneficial at all. This is the “spirit of fear” mentioned in 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (NKJV). A spirit of fearfulness and timidity does not come from God.

However, sometimes we are afraid, sometimes this “spirit of fear” overcomes us, and to overcome it we need to trust in and love God completely. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18). No one is perfect, and God knows this. That is why He has liberally sprinkled encouragement against fear throughout the Bible. Beginning in the book of Genesis and continuing throughout the book of Revelation, God reminds us to “Fear not.”...............

(Stopping at this point....anyone wanting further study can look the site up).

On a basic level...as a child some one may have "bullied" us and given us exposure to fear and other things.  Maybe the home life was very chaotic and through abuse, more fear came to take up residence.  Without proper help/guidance, it is harder to deal with it.  Fear can take many forms through disguises and healing/deliverance is needed. I think recognition in naming it is important if it is an unhealthy fear and then the ways to move beyond it.
675347 tn?1365464245
I don't think there's anything unnatural or inappropriate about being a bit scared....in the right place at the right time. I think 'scared' has its place as one of our instincts.
Think it's just when it's out of place, or out of proportion, there's something wrong.
My electrical system went weird. I got a bit scared of it. So I immediately did something about it. If I hadn't been that bit scared, I wouldn't have bothered.

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That is a good point, ginger :-)  We take things more seriously when afraid.

I was thinking about "phobia's" and the wide area covered by them.....it is so deep.

What you bring up takes us back to fear as a motivator.

675347 tn?1365464245
Yeah. Phobias are strange. It makes you wonder what causes them. I can understand a flying phobia, or a fear of heights, but some people get phobias about the most ordinary things!

I was on a crowded train not long ago. We all had to stand. I was between carriages, had no seat, and there was a lady stuck right next to me. She looked so scared! I asked her was she ok. She said she had a phobia of dogs. (My dog was with me) There was nothing I could do. I would have moved, and tried to but couldn't go anywhere! She started to get anxious. (My dog was sleeping curled up at my feet on the floor) I talked to the lady.....anyway to cut a long story short, this lady dared to stretch out a hand and stroke my dog! Misty was very gentle and friendly, and wagged her tail. Everything went from there. In 2 hours of our journey that lady was no longer afraid like she had been before. She seemed happy and smiling, and it was like a weight was dropping off her!
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Wonderful, Ginger...you were part of her growth...and such a positive one :-))))))))))

Thank you for sharing!!!!

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