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Are You Fearless

My friend claims to be FEARLESS. Does God tell us to be FEARLESS? Are YOU fearless?

My friend berates me because of my fear of wasps. Isn't the kind of FEAR, which I experience, a sensible defence mechanism rather than a SIN?

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 ---Rita_H on 2/20/14
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LOL! Oh Lidia honey I would give my right arm to have seen you fighting that rodent for 3 hours!! :D :D You made my day girlfriend :D Love and hugs Mary :)
---Mary on 3/2/14

Wasps and bees are totally different species and behave very differently from each other. I am not at all afraid of bees. If one comes in the house it goes to the window just wishing to get out and head for the pollen on flowers.

A wasp comes in and is attracted to the sugar bowl, sweet drinks etc. and then sensing my fear comes to ME.

I would never kill a bee. Without them WE'd all be dead as they are one of the most important parts of our food chain, pollenating very many things which we need for food.

A bee rarely stings because they die after stinging but a wasp can sting and sting again as they retain their sting (unlike a bee which leaves it in the person).
---Rita_H on 3/2/14

Hello,Cluny,all respect...true story,weapons:bleach,cleaning sovents,literfluid,,everything - broom,hammer,baseball bat,mop,anything
I could get my hands on! Get Rid of it..(rodent!quite not like nothing I ever saw) eventually he got tired! a combustible fire' took him out!

Thankfull,no more rodents! all the neighbors have cats..
---Lidia4796 on 3/2/14

\\I was stuck on N elevator for 5 minutes and I panicked.
---shira4368 on 3/1/14\\

What is an N elevator, shira?

**one time I fought a mouse for 3 hours' lill thing big constitution!**

What were the weapons, Lidia?


Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 3/1/14

Shira some bugs are attracted to hair spray and possibly perfume. I run from wasps,bees,yellowjackets and anything that stings. God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 3/1/14

Hello,Ladies, One time supermarket
I reach' for a loaf of bread.. bam! A bee sting me!
It hurt for months.

Summer psst over whelmed by spiders!!
one time I fought a mouse for 3 hours' lill thing big constitution! Finally,got rid of him.

Love of Jesus!
---Lidia4796 on 3/1/14

I was stuck on N elevator for 5 minutes and I panicked.
---shira4368 on 3/1/14

Hi Shira, thank you, I will get some of that this summer, that's the only thing I really hate about summer is the presence of more bees--ugh! Otherwise I can hardly wait for summer! Where do you live? Are you having a harsh winter hon? I hope not but it seems most of the country is. God bless you, hugs, Mary :)
---Mary on 3/1/14

Shira, when I said "I think that, like dogs, wasps can smell fear and are attracted by it" I think we mean the same thing when you say "that they are drawn to certain chemistry".

I am certain that wasps (and dogs) can sense who is afraid of them and whatever it is that we give off when fearful is attractive to them. However, it is easier for the fearless to say "Just stay calm" than it is for us to actually do that.

It is not the unknown I fear. I know what the effects of wasp stings can be. Those who have never experienced that have nothing to fear - YET! Take care, Summer is on the way.
---Rita_H on 3/1/14

Mary, bees and wasp are drawn to certain chemistry. I was told that's why they chase me. Once me and some friends went to omeefeenokee swamp and a bumble bee got after me. I threw my purse down and ran inside the little store. They sold me
"Skin so soft" Avon makes it. It absolutely works.
---shira4368 on 2/28/14

Oh my gosh Shira--scary indeed!! I too am petrified of all bees and especially wasps and yellow jackets! I once saw one in my mom's house on the window inside and just knew it was waiting for me! Couldn't leave fast enough! God bless you and you have an awesome day, hugs, Mary :)
---Mary on 2/28/14

wow, about bees and wasp..... I don't know what it is but they seek me out. They don't seem to bother others. once I was mowing and a bumble me dove on me. I ran in the house and it bounced off the screen porch trying to get me. My husband took off his ball cap and swatted him dead.
---shira4368 on 2/24/14


I used to freak out when a bee or wasp got near me. Over the years, I have mostly overcome that, just stay calm (but cautious) when near them.

I am also afraid of heights. To fight that, I climbed Twin Peaks when in San Francisco. The first time, couldn't walk around the viewing wall. The next time, I could, holding onto it. The third time, without holding on. Next, I could climb the hill on hands and knees. I pushed more each time I visited. The last time, I did it standing up, at night, after a rain, so the grass and wooden steps were slippery, and was able to do it.

With irrational fears, we fear what COULD happen. If we do it and find that it DOESN'T happen, the fear frequently diminishes.
---StrongAxe on 2/24/14

\\Strongaxe - I don't scream or cry but I certainly don't say "bring it on" because I want it to go away,\\

Neither does my friend.

He has frequently made the sign of the Cross in the insect's direction and said, "Bee/wasp, you re blessed in the Name of Jesus to go far away from me."

Eventually it does.

I'm not especially fond of spiders or scorpions, myself.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/21/14

//Courage is not being without fear - rather, it's experiencing fear, but doing what one mues do DESPITE that fear. Without any fear, there is no courage either. It cakes no courage to do something that's easy.//

Good word
---Scott1 on 2/21/14

Strongaxe - I don't scream or cry but I certainly don't say "bring it on" because I want it to go away, but I do inwardly panic trying not to show it to others. I just get up and remove myself from the situation without making too much fuss.

There are things of which I am not afraid which I know others DO fear but I would never tell them that they have a spirit of fear or that they should face their fears full on. We usually have good reason for our fears.

I don't think that there is such a person as a totally fearless person. I think that my friend will find this out for herself one day.

Thank you to all for the wonderful and understanding answers I am receiving to this question.
---Rita_H on 2/21/14

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Hello,Sis.Shira4368, Let me add Elavators! I was pregnant and in Chicago stuck in an elavator about 6 hours! Really sick later on.
---Lidia4796 on 2/21/14

Lidia, you are so completely right, everyone one has some kind of fear. I hate high places and when I see it on the tv, my skin hurts. The girl that went to the top of a bldg yesterday made me sick. I also can't be In a tight place. Just the thought makes me sick. when I fly, it don't bother me.
---shira4368 on 2/20/14


Fear is a natural reaction. However, we have a choice as to how to react to fear. We can scream and cry in panic, or we can try to be calm and react with caution, or we can face the fear straight in the face, and yell "Bring it on!".

Courage is not being without fear - rather, it's experiencing fear, but doing what one mues do DESPITE that fear. Without any fear, there is no courage either. It cakes no courage to do something that's easy.
---StrongAxe on 2/20/14

Hello,Rita,Darlene,Shira - just saw this new...guess what? Everyone has some sort of timid or fear of something. Some things,, I got used to doing some things,other thingsjust stay with you. Like when I went to the opera theatre. I was so afraid

I thought I was die ( dying) panic attack!
I do not like parades!

Then it would be my mind in a Super pray Mode 24/7 iin the hospital.
They are " leary" to me. Those people see death on a daily basis,

you got keep God as your grip, line and helper...
---Lidia4796 on 2/20/14

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Hi Rita,

God gave you a brain and you are using it. You are truly blessed! It sounds like your friend wasn't as blessed.
---trey on 2/20/14

Thank you Darlene. My friend sees my reaction as a lack of faith (a spirit of fear). Scott1 seems to be of a similar opinion.

Fortunatley most of the spiders in U.K. are not venomous but a male friend is terrified of even the smallest ones.

I think that some people are too quick to criticise something which they don't, personally, understand.

Fear can be very debilitating.
---Rita_H on 2/20/14

The kind of fear that God speaks of in scripture is...

...the fear of HIM.

Read Isaiah 29:13 in the RSV
...(the RSV is probably the closest of the popular versions to the original Greek).

God says that the FEAR OF HIM is a commandment of men (fearing GOD is not what A SON OF GOD will matter anyone's excuse).
---faithforfaith on 2/20/14

Rita H when the Bible tells us to fear not it isn't talking about things like getting stung and that sort of thing. We are to fear not life because God goes through it with us in Jesus name. God gave us the fear response to things which can injure us that is what flight and fight responses are there for to take care of us physically. I prefer to think of that as a healthy respect for the things in this world which can hurt us and to respond accordingly. God didn't make a world full of numb sculls who don't have sense enough to stay away from wasps. I have a real aversion to spider even to the fact I get chill bumps around my knees when I see one up close,yet its mainly the ones which have venom. You're ok.
---Darlene_1 on 2/20/14

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I will not stay in a room if there is a wasp in that room - I have to leave others deal with it. If I am eating and one comes in the window the wasp comes to ME and hovers around MY face/mouth. I think that, like dogs, wasps can smell fear and are attracted by it. People say "sit still and it will leave you alone" WRONG - they never leave me alone.
My friend IS being serious but she, almost certainly, will have fears which will come to light one day.
After 2 severe reactions to stings (one requiring hospital) I never want another.
---Rita_H on 2/20/14

The Gospel is introduced with what becomes a constant refrain: Fear not!

But there's a difference between servile fear and being startled by things you don't like.

I know someone who faced an extended hospital stay with utmost faith in God's mercy and eventual healing. During this stay, at one point his blood sugar dipped to 29.

But he has a phobia about bees and wasps.

Go figure, and don't worry about what other people say.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/20/14

Rita, I hope you don't take your friend too serious!
What he/she is advocating is dangerous. God must not be put to the test by us!
Does she j-walk, put her hand in the lion's cage,eat tainted food,refuse to wear a seat belt etc... Our conscience is a built in protector of our lives!
---1st_cliff on 2/20/14

tell him/her to grab it then.(sarcasm)

depends on your defense mechanism.

Do you sit inside because the wasp is outside then? a sin yes

Do you panick around it? a sin yes

Do you just walk away from it? a sin no
---Scott1 on 2/20/14

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