Nathan Grimes Lubbock, TX, USA
CHAPTER 15-HOW TO OUTWIT THE SIX GHOSTS OF FEAR
“If you demand riches, determine what form, and how much will be required to satisfy you. You know the road that leads to riches. You have been given a road map which, if followed, will keep you on that road. If you neglect to make the start, or stop before you arrive, no one will be to blame, but YOU. This responsibility is yours. No alibi will save you from accepting the responsibility if you now fail or refuse to demand riches of Life, because the acceptance calls for but one thing--incidentally, the only thing you can control--and that is a STATE OF MIND. A state of mind is something that one assumes. It cannot be purchased it must be created.”
I was forced to take a soul shaking look at the man in mirror this week. This lesson caused me look into shadow behind me and I did not like what I saw. There they were the ghosts, the fears which keep showing their ugly heads.
Now I did not see the fear of DEATH because I know without a doubt, in Christ, where my future is complete with no concerns after this life. The ghost of OLD AGE no problem I am thankful for these 66years I have gained. God has brought me to this time to conquer the other worries. The fear of LOSS OF LOVE OF SOMEONE is thing of long past. I have been blessed by the love of one woman for 47years.
I will admit the fear of ILL HEALTH has raised its head in recent years, but this too, I have surrender to God and it is amazing what he has done and continues to do.
But there in the mirror I catch a glimpse of a shadow. There is the fear of CRITICISM. Being self-consciousness of what other might thank of me, even feeling inferiority or not good enough. Thanks to Michael, I now know “It’s none of my business what others think of me, my only business is what I think of me.”
My “Sixth Sense” kicked in big time this week. I have been having a recurring dream in which I cannot find my car. I could feel an intense sense of loss, a fear of being without. This was the ghost of POVERTY. I was playing the blame game, angry at everyone else. I even started yelling at God, “Why have you allowed me to loose my car? Why can’t I have what others have”?
For the first time I can remember, an audible voice speaking to me, “What have I denied You? Look to your wealth and riches, a family that loves you, friends that care for you, a long life, and more. I have even prepared more for you, but look behind you.” (There in the dirt behind me a trail of deep ruts where I had been dragging my heels.)
“Those are ruts you have made dragging your feeet with your indecision, doubts, worries and procrastination. I have two words for you, “STOP IT” I’m ready to bless you. It’s as TGR says, ‘If you neglect to make the start, or stop before you arrive, no one will be to blame, but YOU. This responsibility is yours.’”
I have made a DECISION get out of the ruts, stop the worrying. To follow the instruction of Mr. Hill, “Whip the fear of poverty by reaching a decision to get along with whatever wealth you can accumulate WITHOUT WORRY. Put your foot upon the neck of the fear of criticism by reaching a decision NOT TO WORRY about what other people think, do, or say.”
Thank you Michael, Linda, and MFF family for believing in me, until I can believe in myself.
Lubbock, TX USA