Module 1 – Study Material

Precis:

Examine the various components and dynamics of fears, phobias and maladaptive behavior; understand debilitating effects; study methods for developing effective skills.  

Text: John 14:1; Joshua 1:6-7

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. – Be strong and of good courage … be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law … turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

Introduction:

As the day of our Lord’s return approaches, the predominant characteristic will be fear. Jesus Christ clearly prophesied this when He declared; And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon earth distress of nations, with perplexity; men’s hearts failing them for fear … – Luke 21:25-26.

One would think that our modern technology could create a Utopian world of peace, joy, harmony and well being. Not so! We have placed a man on the moon; examined close-up photographs of our outermost planets; divided the second into billions of usable functions; reconstructed the human body with used spare parts and sliced into the genetic code to produce tailor made organisms. We have been inept however, in bringing peace to the troubled heart. This is neither God’s design nor man’s desire. The exciting news is that God has provided an answer to man’s dilemma. 

At the turn of the century, the besetting fear was war, the impending loss of life, limbs and property. The devastating drought and the great depression during the decades of the twenties and thirties caused much concern. These fears were rooted in reasonable causes.

The decades of the sixties and seventies brought a new kind of fear. Countless youth turned from the norms of established patterns to a sub-hippie drug culture. The “uppers” and “downers”, mind altering, mood-elevating hallucinogens they ingested created a personal and social nightmare from which many never recovered. On its heels came a revival in the interest of the occult. Movies and stage productions like The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby became box-office hits. Television programs like Bewitched seemed harmless and entertaining, but it opened Pandora’s box to an unprecedented preoccupation with the unseen world of demons. 

Each succeeding decade marked a further departure from the spiritual norms that once held us and with that came an epidemic of fears, phobias and maladaptive behavior.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (discipline, self-control) – 1 Timothy 1:7

LESSON

1.1 DEFINITIONS  

1.   Fear – Trepidation                   4.   Phobia – Irrational dread 

2.   Worry – Apprehension     5.   Hysteria – Panic

3.   Anxiety – Uneasiness             6.   Psychoneurosis – Obsessed

1.2     GENERAL ANNOYANCES, FEARS AND PREOCCUPATIONS 

1.   Financial And Legal Related Matters Concerns

2.   Family, Friends And Peers Concerns

3.   Health And Welfare Concerns

4.   Vocational Concerns

1.3      THE DYNAMICS OF FEAR

1.    Displacement Of Anxiety

       1.  Fear of failure     

       2.  Fear of disclosure

       3.  Fear of rejection

2.     Defense Against Harmful Impulses

       1.  Fear of sexual aggressiveness

       2.  In tense hatred

       3.  Indulgence

3.     Childhood Rearing And Conditioning

       1.  Faulty childhood rearing

       2.  Traumatic experiences

       3.  Defective learning process

1.4     CONDITIONS THAT INFLUENCE PHOBIC REACTIONS

1.   Repeated reinforcing circumstances

2.   Mind-set, convictions, self-concept

3.   The Spirit of God and familiar spirits

1.5     DEBILITATING AND DESTRUCTIVE ASPECTS OF FEAR

1.   Fear Hath Torment – 1 John 4:18

2.   Fear Is Demoralizing, Terrorizing – Joshua 2:9-11

3.   Fear Entraps, Ensnares, Captures – Proverbs 29:25

4.   Fear Calls For High Alert – Song Of Solomon 3:8

1.6     GOD’S COUNSEL ON FEAR

1.   Cognition – John 8:32                                     6.    Extinction – 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

2.   Understanding – Matthew 13:13-15            7.    Identification – John 15:1-8

3.   Refocusing – Hebrews 12:1-3                        8.    Confidence – Philippians 4:13

4.   Reprogramming – Romans 12:1-2                9.    Well Being – 2 Peter 1:3-4

5.   Desensitization – John 14:1                           10.  Challenge – Joshua 1:5-9