Does the alertness that comes from the fear response help you to think more clearly and quickly? Properly controlled, fear protects us from harm and motivates us toward positive action. What do we do when faced with valid fears like the loss of a job, death of a loved one, the future of our children, and sickness? Fortunately, you have the tools to help you coexist with fear and use it to help motivate rather than allowing it to keep you from living the life you desire, even if it seems scary at first. It will keep me cool under pressure." Bible Verses About Fear and Scriptures for Overcoming Your Fears What wisdom does the Bible provide us about fear? 2. Created with Sketch. Fear is part of our Creator's loving provision for us. There are many levels of fear in our daily lives. Firm data on fear levels only go back so far, so it’s hard to isolate a turning point. Fear isn’t designed to keep us inactive, but to help us act in ways that generate the results we need and want. In most cases fear of change stops us from taking action. Anxiety: Some stress can be good because it gets us to do something. Follow Us. Your sensible fear protects you. News alerts keep us in tune to the world’s pain and injustice on the hour, and rising statistics of child trafficking put parents on edge. Created with Sketch. But all that fear isn't good for us. Pounding heart. But there are times when feeling anxious about something new can really limit us. In fact, according to neuroscience, fear is killing us. “The whole aim of practical politics”, wrote HL Mencken, “is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.” John Adams, one of the founding fathers of America, echoed this sentiment writing “Fear is the foundation of most governments”. First of all, fear is “a chain reaction in the brain," according to How Stuff Works . This fear, some might say, is necessary … it stops us from doing something stupid. We all face moments of fear that creep in and steal our joy and peace. Animals might fear an immediate danger, that is happening right now, but only we fear something that might happen, that isn’t happening now, that isn’t even showing its ugly face at the moment. God Wants Fear to Protect, Not Imprison, Us. Gallup polls on fear of terrorism only date to about the time of the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995. It often works with anxiety, self-doubt and guilt to help it to do this. Perhaps the increased heart rate provides you with more energy even -- energy you can use to drive yourself forward. If you were to see a bear in the woods, you wouldn't go up and pet it—you'd flee as fast as you could. Fear may be as old as life on Earth. Masks of Fear Afraid to feel the fear (whichever that may be for you) we try to mask it by building emotional protective shields to keep us safe from experiencing it. Embrace fear as instruction and let it inform your actions, but not control them. It is a fundamental, deeply wired reaction, evolved over the history of biology, to protect organisms against perceived threat to their integrity or existence.