Lovely Day Conquerors, i trust i find you well. Welcome to this final part of the Crafting of Bondage according to the Bible. In preceding parts, we dealt with the belief system and pride as the battlefield of bondage. Now we move on to fear, the culmination of the assignment of bondage.
Section III: Fear
Fear is a negative emotion we experience when we percieve threat to our peace, safety, and wellness etc. The feeling is unpleasant and can be so bad as to cause panic which can also lead to bad decisions or even sickness. Picture the scenario of coming face to face with a bee or a dog. One is said to be safe if they relax and take it easy. However in most case, people panic because of the fear of being bitten- the moment they move, run, jump or scream, their opponent also perceives danger and strikes. Sometimes fear is used in the category of honour as with fearing leadership, elders or God etc. In this case it is the threat to peace, safety or wellness etc that can be caused by violating the laws of honour. Fear of negative consequences or punishment then can equate to fear of those one is answerable to. Fear is either activated in the physical realm (tangible things e.g by other people, events or objects that can be seen by the eye) or spiritual realm (intangible things e.g emotions, feelings, spirits or losing control etc). Either way, the spiritual entity of fear is at work to intimidate individuals into regression as opposed to progression. It is important to note that fear is a very natural response to negative stimuli but when it comes to the crafting of bondage, the crunch of the matter is how the fear is handled. Now just like pride, fear happens at different levels and manifests itself in different expressions all crafting the work of putting one in bondage overtime. Fear commands pain, disappointment, regret and rejection and can be activated by any if these entities itself.
Pain is a highly unpleasant feeling experienced physically or spiritually. Physically, pain affects the flesh e.g injuries, accidents, physical abuse, sickness etc. Spiritually, pain affects the innerman e.g heartbreak, rejection, hurt, verbal or emotional abuse etc. Pain is inevitable in life and can just strike without warning. Pain that happens on the physical can also have far reaching effects spiritually if not handled properly. In the crafting of bondage, pain plays a pivotal role as the centre-stage of negative emotions one can experience.
Now pain is not something anyone looks forward to and can easily become something to be dreaded based on past experiences of self or others. This trauma can naturally calibrate one’s perceptions of life or the future with fear of the unknown or the foreseen e.g fear of history repeating itself (Job 3:25). The negative emotions that are left unresolved become magnified as they create good ground for disapointment, regret and rejection again furthering the agenda if fear itself.
This is when things do not take the expected or intended course leading to negative outcomes. The obvious response and decision afterwards is to work hard to avoid future occurence of the same unpleasant feeling by the same kind of scenario. Disapointment works by planting seeds of doubt and belief in any good. Once disapointed, a person’s ability to have faith in that area is tempered with. The more one stays in the zone, the more the mindset is settled in being pessimistic and negative and this translates to every other thing that concerns them as little other disapointments trickle in (James 1:6-7). Once the work of unbelief has been solidified in the innerman, it becomes difficult for a person to recognise the presence of God or that he even exists. If at all there is still an atom of belief in his existence, yet they will move into a zone where they believe he is not for them but for others. Disappointment left unresolved will always activate regret as it makes way for rejection eventually agaim solidifying the presence of fear in one’s life.
Naturally, disapointment causes one to trace their map back and forth to establish the cause of their unfortunate circumstances. This emotional refusal to accept current circumstances ushers in an unpleasant feeling of regret. Regret is basically wishing things had never happened the way they did. Consequently in an attempt to press the undo button continuosly in one’s mind and realising that in real life it is not happening, negative roots of worry, frustration, confusion and stress begin to build a castle in the innerman. The more the castle is established, the more the negative emotions build up into more stronger ones like anxiety, distress and depression. The worse case scenario here is a threat to mental wellbeing. Too much pressure on the mind with no answers is a recipe for disaster. Thus, bondage will be reaching for the top!
Now the culmination of the work of bondage is rejection. Rejection is the experience of being denied access to that which one feels they deserve. In part 1, we discovered that bondage is a state of imprisonment or being tied down. When it comes to spiritual bondage and the crafting thereof, rejection becomes the icing on the cake because of it isolative capabilities. From pain to disappointment and regret, the move is to squeeze a person of all known hope and faith in good until they find themselves choking i.e alone- no God, no family, no friends, no fortune, nothing good at all. If anything, at least they do not feel it or see it. They could be with family bit feel so alone and cold. That is the point. In the zone of rejection, people always feel like the world is against them. They are overly supicious because of the overmuch subjection to pain, disappointment and regret. In trying to manage their fears and protect themselves from further pain, they reject in advance so as to make sure they are not rejected. These rejective characteristics of theirs pervert their judgement and mislead them into treating others unfairly without noticing it. The evil of the spirit of rejection is therefore that where people reject in advance or counter reject, they do not realise how these actions bite them more than their ‘victim’ others. Infact they are not aware of their negative action obviously potrayed to self as self protection. Rejection is consistent with victim mentality too. The feeling of being left, being dumped, being undesireble, being unfortunate, being alone or lonely, being poor, being broke, being unfairly treated and denied access to all kinds of desired things…well riseUP!!!! Bondage doesn’t give a hoot about your perceptions of disadvantage!Infact bondage loves victims!!!! Soon enough too, sickness begins to creep in. If not high blood pressure, depression, cancer or anthritis then mental health issues, hearing of voices and a possible threat on one’ life as in suicide.
Thus, fear is a highly intimidating spirit that worms it way into a person’s life using the platforms of pain, disappointment, regret and rejection. Each of the giants can also in some cases operate as the root cause of fear or even cause one another in the process of the crafting of bondage in a person’s life.
Join me in part 3 of bondage as we conclude this series by looking at breaking free from bondage.
Thank you for reading this post.
Falling is not the problem, failing to riseUP is!!!!