Fight… Flight… Freeze… Who Is “me?” #1

Posted: March 6, 2014 in Podcasts, Who Is "me"...?
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As a product of the Word of Faith movement in the early 1980s, i am forever indebted to the books and teachings of Kenneth Hagin Sr., R.W. Shambach, Bob Yandian, T.L. Osborn, Charles Capps, Bob Tilton and the like. These were men who turned my world upside down with their faith and teaching.

i learned how to pray for the sick by reading Charles and Francis Hunters books on healing the sick, and i learned how to resist the devil by listening to John Osteen. i have always been challenged by Kenneth Copeland’s utter consecration to Christ and to walk in the light of His Word. i can’t imagine where i would be right now if not for being influenced by these men and that movement.

As i walk through these three words “Fight, Flight, Freeze” and share my thoughts you may better understand and appreciate why i shared that.

Fight – The Worlds Take:

When i choose to fight i am both engaging and attempting to repel the threat or challenge – to make it go away by taking it on. In some circumstances, this is going to be the correct option, but as with many unconscious choices i make about my behaviour, if i consider it my only option, it can become counter-productive. Example, if i am someone with a tendency to fight, it may be that when the pressure is on that i argue with people and maybe even get into a “must win at all costs” mode.

This may work in gaining my short-term goals, but it’s unlikely in the long-term to do much good for my health, my relationships, and possibly my career – although… there are some situations where being a fighter may seem to be an advantage.

In 1 Samuel 18:5 it says, “And David went out wherever Saul sent him, and he prospered and behaved himself wisely; and Saul set him over the men of war.” The in verse 7 it says, “And the women responded as they laughed and frolicked, saying, Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” I share that to use David as a biblical figure that would seem to have a natural ability to fight. Just thinking about David causes me to remember David, the brave shepherd boy who fought the roaring lion and the wild bear and everyone knows what happened when he met Goliath, the giant. And let’s not forget that David had Bathsheba’s husband sent to battle with the intention that he be killed.

It doesn’t seem like fighting through his challenges were stressful? That may be because some people find it genuinely energizing, enabling them to find productive and constructive outcomes.

However… i would guess that for David and those types of people, with an instinctive drive to fight, are at least partly managed by some conscious control to make it work positively. Example being when David could have killed King Saul and didn’t.

Ephesians 12:10-18 summarizes my view on fighting as a response. i’ll highlight key phrases. “And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.  

In closing, “Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon.” Remember mind or heart, heart or mind? Those words are how i get the mind of Christ… my thoughts being established in Truth, Righteousness… and then, my steps will be Peace, Faith, Salvation, all ordered by Him. i won’t fight needlessly, in the wrong battles, with the wrong people.

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