Fear is a parasite looking for a host. Once it finds it, it feeds and grows and multiplies. The byproduct of its feeding is anxiety. If left untreated it can paralyze the host. It consumes all the joy and happiness he/she would have otherwise experienced.
When riddled with parasitic fear, the emotions brought on by everything else are amplified. Things that normally wouldn’t bother a person seem too much to handle. People around them are somewhat irritated that the host is overwhelmed by seemingly insignificant things.
Fear can leave one feeling too weak and hopeless to even seek treatment. However the good news is that if the host can muster up enough strength, treatment can be effective. A first step in the process is seeking out an encourager who can help lead him/her in the right direction: a spouse, a pastor, a counselor. The most powerful treatment that cannot be overlooked however, is the Word of God.
Sometimes if the condition is advanced, it can take a little while for the treatment to take effect. The parasite has taken hold in the spirit and mind. Things may not change right away. The host may feel numb and think it is useless. He/She may feel that it is less work to simply allow the parasite to grow and take control. However, the treatment will eventually be effective and the host can be free of the crippling, consuming parasitic fear to enjoy life with joy and happiness.
“I sought the Lord and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
“Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” Psalm 50:15
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7