Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Of all the liars in the world, our own fears are the worst liars who deceive us and keep us down.
An event hosted by President Donald Trump in his Atlantic City Casino in 1988 explains the negative impact of fear in a more graphic and dramatic way.
Mohammed Ali, boxing’s greatest ever by popular opinion picked Spinks over Tyson. First, never let any human opinion hold you down. Let the word of God be the source of your strength and faith. Never allow some so called expert advice or opinion cloud your mind with fear. Ali was one of the best minds as at this time in boxing, but Tyson, like his name “Iron Mike’ has a IRON mind that he would win and he won.
Michael Spinks fell from glory! Within 91 seconds and lost all the honour he has acquired as a boxer in a life time. He was bowled over by fear and news that Mike Tyson was unbeatable. When you think an hurdle is too high, you may never cross it.
After the fight, Spinks admitted: “Fear was knocking on my door”.
Tyson a got whooping $22m for beating Spinks who went home with nothing but the remnants of fear – shame and sorrow. That night, Tyson held up the three major heavyweight belts at the time.
Before the fight in the changing rooms, Iron Tyson punched a hole in a wall after Spinks’ manager objected to the way his hands were gloved.
But in the other changing room, Spinks was shivering and shuddering. Spinks said he was not sure he was going to be able to leave that room.
And in the ring, a taller Spinks with better record and 9 years older than Tyson raised his hand in the ring, looking absolutely petrified, according to the former world heavyweight champion David Haye.
It was three days to Tyson’s 22nd birthday. With faith, confidence and charisma, he trudged amongst a security-heavy entourage of around 100 through the crowds. His fearlessness was buoyed by the eerie accompanying music conveyed to the 22,000 attendees that something menacing was in the air, but many didn’t know that Spinks would fall from glory in just 91 seconds – the worst in boxing history.
Spinks had more experience, more support, more testimonies but very little faith. Fear is a killer.
I remind you today, “With men, many things are impossible but with God all things are possible” – Mathew 19:26.
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” – Mark 11:24
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” – Hebrews 11:26. ONLY FAITH PLEASES GOD. FEAR PLEASES SATAN AND HIS DEMONS BECOMES IT EMPOWERS THEM TO DEFEAT YOU.
BOW NOT TO FEAR, NO MATTER HOW TOUGH THE SITUATION IS. THE LOVE OF GOD THROUGH HIS FAITHFUL GRACE AND MERCY WILL KEEP AND HELP YOU ALWAYS.
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