The Antidote

Marty Hynes
Marty Hynes is an author and speaker leading the Project19 Men's Movement.
Anxiety

Oct 03,2018

“The number one antidote to fear is preparation.” Don Hutson

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines antidoteas– 1 a remedy to counteract the effects of poison; 2 something that relieves, prevents, or counteracts. 

 

There is something common among all of humanity no matter your gender, age, color, economical/social status, religion, culture, or up brining. ALL of us battle with fear, worry, and doubt.

 

What if there were a cure? Would you take it? 

 

Let’s tackle each one of these monsters of humanity one on one by taking in the appropriate antidote for each one. 

 

·     The antidote for fear is power, love and a sound mind – 2 Timothy 1:7; The Apostle Paul

1.    POWER: Think of poweras a Super Hero strength or ability. The Greek word -  dunamai– means a force, miraculous power — ability, abundance, meaning, might, worker of miracle(s), power, strength, violence, mighty wonderful work. In other words, this power is divine and imparted to us from Almighty God to use as needed against fear.

2.    LOVE: “There is no fear inlove[dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear away and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thoughts of torment and punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].” The Apostle John (Amplified Bible)

3.    SOUND MIND:According to the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible defines a sound mind as self-control, self-discipline, prudence. A sound mindis a sober, stable mind that is balanced and in control. 

 

Therefore; when we arm ourselves with the divine nature of strength, ability and mighty works, perfect and complete true love, and a clear, sober, and stable mind, fear has no power over us.

 

·     The antidote for worry is seeking the Kingdom of God and right standing with Him – Matthew 6:33; Jesus Christ, The Son of God

1.    God’s Kingdom and righteousness is what we need now, in this life; and for eternity, those things to come. There is nothing lacking. It is all there!

2.    Priority matters when it comes to worry. What we place first in our lives will either cause us much worry and anxiety, or give us peace of mind!

 

The pursuit of the wrong “thing(s)” causes us to worry. Put it this way. If we seek those things of “eternal value” then there is no need to worry. Why? Eternal values will NEVER run out. 

 

·     The antidote for doubt is faith + action – James 1:6-9; 2:20; James the brother of Jesus

1.   James defines doubt as a double-minded manwho is unstableis all his decisions. A doubting man is an uncertain, hesitant, worried, and fearful man.

2.   The writer of the book of Hebrews defines faithas “the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].” Hebrews 11:1

 

Faith overcomes doubt giving humanity the ability to walk on water, part the seas, or to see the dead come to life again. 

 

If we were to take each one of these antidotes we would defeat these three common enemies of humanity. Fear robs us of our potential. Worry robs us of our joy. Doubt robs us of our future. 

 

Take the antidotes and cure yourself of these poisons!

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