Not only is fear a hindrance in your life, but it also places a filter of distorted perspective over your mind. Fear and anxiety produce worry, a false sense of security, and a desire for the things in this world.
Remember that out of fear you develop a desire for something that is unable to fulfill you? The need for recognition, to please people, for financial stability, the dependence on another--these things become something you crave, perhaps feel you need. In that place, your perspective becomes distorted. Your number one isn’t God, but instead, something in this world.
Last week, I hope you stopped to take stock of the fears driving your life and the struggles they produce. Today, look at how those fears and struggles affect your view on life. Do they get in the way of what’s best and most healthy for you?
Mark mentions that worry, false security, and a desire for the things of this world will choke out the word and leave your life unfruitful. Is that the kind of life you want to live? Probably not. Come back next week to learn more about the proper perspective.