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When most people speak of spiritual fear they quote 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (NKJV). One of my favorite quotes is the spirit of fear and faith cannot occupy the same space, but can it? Can fear be beneficial? Can you use it to your benefit?

Robin Downes believes you can.

Any person who has come close to encountering their spiritual selves knows that sooner or later, fear becomes a wall that is seemingly impossible to break through.

Embarking on the spiritual journey is like sailing alone out on the ocean to explore the unknown. Like all explorers we are drawn to discover what is waiting out there without knowing if we have the courage to face it; for all we know there could be monsters or tidal waves lurking in our near future.

Fear is omnipresent and universal. Even plants and tiny insects feel fear. It is a natural part of being alive; fearing the unknown. We fear loneliness and death and the end. Our fear becomes more and more heightened as we realize the truth about life.