Spiritual Practice

What’s My Phobia?

Isa Adney, 19

I remember reading a list of phobias in psychology class, trying to pronounce the intricate names, laughing at the ridiculous fears, such as arachibutyrophobia, the fear of peanut butter. I thought, Why would anyone be afraid of peanut butter? Doesn’t everyone know how good it tastes with jelly? I was baffled.

 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us that courage is a gift from God.

Then, before I could laugh again, I could almost hear God saying, “Isa, why are you afraid of what people think of you? Don’t you know that their opinions don’t matter? All that matters is what I think of you.”

It’s true. I put more energy into being afraid of what others think of me than I do into discerning what is right in God’s eyes. My fear reveals my lack of faith. The Bible says that “perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18b, NIV); and perfect love comes from being reborn in the Spirit of Christ.

I’m learning that a life in the Spirit bears fruit, such as faithfulness and love; and these gifts are the only cure for phobias — even those involving peanut butter.

If you are interested, check out the Phobia List.

What Do You Fear? If you’re human, you’re probably afraid of something. Fear can be useful, serving as a warning signal to keep us from harm. Think about what could happen if we did not have a respectful fear of poisonous snakes? Fear becomes a problem only when we allow it to control us instead of putting our trust in God.

Anna Gheen, 23

-- from Devo'Zine (November/December 2006). Copyright © 2006 by Upper Room Ministries. All rights reserved
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