Jeff Champagne Gansevoort, New York, United States
The Six Ghosts of Fear
I suspect that when Napoleon Hill wrote the title of this chapter he had an understanding of the biblical context in relation to his thoughts he was going to put into the chapter. For me as a believer I tend to try and not to take root of fear in any form. The famous acronym for FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real, is nothing more than a frame of mind. That is a thought pattern that must die in us. Fear is a bad tree that has many roots. Roots that can take hold and consume a persons life. Thoughts are things and we must not let thoughts be anything other than a positive mindset.
Hill was right on point...why? Scripture tells us in 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Very important scripture for the believer. I want to focus on 2 things..... Spirit of fear, and of a Sound mind. The lesson and critical issue here is that fear is a SPIRIT. Or as Hill wrote a Ghost. Important correlation. If fear is a spirit, then we are to deal with it in a spirtual realm. That does not mean we forget about a positive mind set. To the contrary, we MUST have one. NO NEGATVITY MUST TAKE ROOT (remember the tree). Our roots must be cultivated in good soil. It's no coincidence that Jesus paid our price on the cross..... Which was a tree by the way.
The second focus is of a Sound Mind.... We are GIVEN a sound mind. We don't have to earn it, pay money for it, it is ours. Whether you are a believer or not there is still the common ground of CHOOSING how you are going to think each day you get up. If you have a positive mind set towards ANY situation fear CANNOT enter. It cannot take ROOT in fertile soil. I am facing a situation in my life currenlty that if I let fear in I am done for. I was laid off 2 months ago. I desperately need to get back to work for obvious reasons. But I AM planted and cultivated in fertile soil. I get up each day KNOWING the outcome. I AM victorious, I AM Blessed, I AM winning. No spirit ever created by the enemy can or will touch me.
I AM grateful to Bob Shoaff, I AM grateful to Michael Dlouhy. This day I DECLARE victory... so much for the "six ghosts" of fear..... I WIN!