Friday, January 14, 2022

Doubt Is The Precursor To Fear

2nd Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

“Doubt is the precursor to fear, and I knew that I couldn't experience my perfect moment if I was afraid.” —Alex Honnold

One of the most amazing people alive today is a young man named Alex Honnold. Alex free solo climbed the 3,000 foot high Yosemite mountain wall in California on July 3rd, 2017. ...

60 Minutes Records Alex Honnold Free Solo Climbing

Literally, Alex uses no ropes or safety equipment while climbing frighteningly high natural mountains and manmade buildings. It blows my mind that anyone could have such calm nerves being thousands of feet off the ground, with no safety equipment. I would be utterly terrified even with the safety equipment, doubting if the equipment could keep me from falling. What if? For that reason I won't even ride on amusement park rides.

Pastor Jack Hyles said that there are three ways to become great:

  1. Know something that no one else knows.
  2. Be something that no one else is.
  3. Do something that no on else has done.
Albert Einstein is a good example of a great man, who knew something that no one else had ever thought about. Einstein Theory Of Relatively gave way to atomic energy and weaponry.

An example of a great man who became something that no one else was is Julius Caesar. Caesar was an amazing human being, who is responsible for the development of our calendar as we know it today. 

And Alex Honnold is a perfect example of a great man who did something that no one else ever did, he climbed Yosemite's wall by himself with no ropes or safety equipment. Alex did it in 3:56 hours. I shudder just thinking about it, cringing as I watch him maneuvering that 3,000 foot high wall which such grace and confidence. What an amazing man!

Tragically, Alex Honnold is an atheist, rejecting all religions. Certainly, one does not have to ascribe to religion to believe in God, but Alex has publicly stated that he has no belief concerning the spiritual realm. I have prayed for God to send a soulwinner to witness to Alex, before it is too late. The Holy Bible warns that the unsaved (wicked) go to Hell (Psalms 9:17). John 3:36, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. Jesus our blessed Savior warned in John 3:3, Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Alex made an amazing statement that caught my attention. When asked about how he overcomes his fear of climbing, he said: “Doubt is the precursor to fear.” That is very Biblical, even though Alex wasn't referring to the Bible. I got to thinking about how doubt in our daily Christian life so often gives way to unnecessary fear. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.

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