It may sound spooky or foreboding when the word fear is mentioned, much less when preceded by the word Spirit. One may think of a scary movie, or being lost in a foreign country or about the chaos happening in our world, COVID-19, the war in the Middle East or a myriad number of other scenarios where the mind and body is not in a place of contentment or peace. A whole host of natural symptoms may occur in response to a fearful situation. It’s called the
“fight or flight response”.
Physical symptoms may include dry mouth, rapid heart beat, sweating, loss of bladder control, fainting and more.
Here is the Google dictionary definition of the word fear, used as a noun with some examples:
“an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat: “he is prey to irrational fears” “drivers are threatening to quit their jobs in fear after a cabby’s murder” “fear of increasing unemployment”.
Synonyms: terror, fright, fearfulness, horror, alarm, panic, agitation, trepidation, dread, consternation, dismay, distress, anxiety, worry, angst, unease, uneasiness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, nervousness, nerves, timidity, disquiet, disquietude, discomposure, unrest, perturbation, foreboding, misgiving, doubt, suspicion, the creeps, the willies, the heebie-jeebies, the shakes, the collywobbles, jitteriness, twitchiness, butterflies (in the stomach), funk, blue funk, the (screaming) abdabs, the Joe Blakes, worriment, inquietude, phobia, aversion, antipathy, bugbear, bogey, nightmare, neurosis, complex, mania, abnormal fear, irrational fear, obsessive fear, bête noire, hang-up
antonyms: calmness, confidence” (1)
Just as the synonyms above indicate, there is a deeper unveiling of this four letter word (fear); similarly, there is a deeper understanding when one looks at the word Spirit. The Holy Scriptures say,
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind, ” (2 Tim 1:7),
meaning power is a spirit, love is a spirit, and a sound mind is a spirit. The amplified version of the bible says the same verse this way,
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control], ” (2nd Timothy 1:7 AMP).
Jesus said His words are
“Spirit and they are Life” (John 6:63)
and He wants His words to dwell in us; i.e. for us to have Him living in us (Col 3:16). When His Seed is sown into us (the dust of the earth), then we will produce the fruit of his character in us. So what is this Spirit? Here is a little glimpse:
a spirit, i.e. a simple essence, devoid of all or at least all grosser matter, and possessed of the power of knowing, desiring, deciding, and acting
3a) a life giving spirit
3b) a human soul that has left the body
3c) a spirit higher than man but lower than God, i.e. an angel
3c1) used of demons, or evil spirits, who were conceived as inhabiting the bodies of men
3c2) the spiritual nature of Christ, higher than the highest angels and equal to God, the divine nature of Christ
4) the disposition or influence which fills and governs the soul of any one
4a) the efficient source of any power, affection, emotion, desire, etc. (2)
Certainly “the divine nature of Christ” is the process of understanding what His Spirit wants to teach us through His “holy apostles and prophets” (Eph 3:5), but there are evil spirits as well. Let’s take a peek into the word power from the Google dictionary used as a noun:
“the ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality: “the power of speech, ”his powers of concentration “”the power to raise the dead”.
synonyms: ability, capacity, capability, potential, potentiality, faculty, property, competence, competency
antonyms: inability, incapacity” (3)
The greek word for power is dunamis, from which we get the word dynamite. What could the dynamite in this word do? Let’s see. It reveals:
1) strength power, ability
1a) inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth
1b) power for performing miracles
1c) moral power and excellence of soul
1d) the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth
1e) power and resources arising from numbers
1f) power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts (4)
So, why are we looking under the cover of these words? Because life and death are literally in them. Public Health Policy expert, Dr. Scott Atlas, former adviser to President Donald Trump on COVID-19; a senior fellow for the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, with extensive experience in public health policy, clinical research, and teaching stated the
“lockdowns implemented to curb the transmission of COVID-19 in the United States and across the globe have not only been a ‘heinous abuse of power’, but have failed to protect the elderly and vulnerable and ‘the consequences of the lockdowns will last for decades after this pandemic is completely finished.'”
in light of “imperfect knowledge” in the early phases of the outbreak lockdowns were “appropriate” to prevent “overcrowding of hospitals and health care facilities”, but soon, “rational thinking and critical thinking disappeared, and lockdown measures were driven by fear” because of the lack of leadership by the faces of public health to put things into perspective. “There’s a big reason why lockdowns were never recommended in prior pandemics and those rules, those simple rational logical assessments, were thrown out the window.”
He stated that
“40-50% of the deaths were in the nursing homes”.
Americans were skipping chemotherapy treatments, while people who had suffered acute strokes and heart attacks were too afraid to call an ambulance as they didn’t want to be in a medical setting. Meanwhile, child abuse and domestic violence skyrocketed, opioid deaths and suicides surged, and there has been a dramatic rise in young people suffering depression and anxiety where one in four young adults cotemplated suicide (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 2020). I think that it is still somehow held by many people that
“Ok, the lockdowns are an economic harm but we are saving lives.”
No, you’re destroying families, you’re destroying lives, and you’re literally killing people with lockdowns”. Dr. Atlas also said,
“Many other people destroyed families, sacrificed our children out of fear for adults–even though children do not have significant risk. And we didn’t care as a country. We kept them out of school.”
Dr. Atlas addressed other related consequences to the spirit of fear: threats to his personal safety requiring police protection, the canceling by Big Tech and the mainstream media of other experts, scientific voices that disagree with their narrative, the economic impact of fear driven policies, and that the poor are disportionately affected.
So which spirit will one agree to? The spirit of fear or the Spirit of power: the “divine nature of Christ?” There is no neutral ground. The COVID-19 is a real entity. The question is which spirit is driving our response to it. Words carry the spirits in them and they matter. Choose the power and not the fear. Until next time, blessings.
- Google Dictionary
- Thayer Bible Dictionary
- Google Dictionary
- American Thought Leaders. Interview on Epoch TV: Scott Atlas: Lockdowns Not Only a ‘Heinous Abuse’ of Power, They Also Failed to Protect the Elderly
- Scripture References: New King James Version of the Bible and Amplified version of the Bible
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