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Good Fear

Fear Wisdom Guidance

Source: “Fear of spiders? The London zoo wants to help” By: Michael d'Estries, November 17, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-01

Scripture: Proverbs 1:7

Author: Illustration Exchange



When it comes to spiders, people generally fall into one of two categories: indifferent, or "OMG GET IT AWAY FROM ME" afraid … But what if you could be convinced to respect and co-exist with spiders instead of feeling threatened by their presence?

That's the idea behind the Zoological Society of London's Friendly Spider Programme, designed to help people cope with their fears. The four-hour session is hosted by the London Zoo’s head of invertebrate conservation, Dave Clarke, and features a discussion on phobias, a detailed history and education on spiders, and even a group hypnotherapy session.

Led by hypnotherapist John Clifford, the hypnosis is designed to "remove any remaining negative subconscious feelings about the animals and support the newly-acquired positive feelings."

After all of the above is concluded, the participants are invited to take the optional step of visiting the Zoo's BUGS! building. In a calm and supportive environment, they can practice catching common household spiders and/or cuddle with a big furry Mexican red-kneed spider.


Confronted by a big furry Mexican red-kneed spider, most of us are heading straight for the door! Any time we need to be hypnotized in order to overcome a fear, there just might be a good reason to be afraid! Fear is not necessarily a bad thing. Take the Bible for example. It speaks of a holy God who will judge each of us according to His righteous standards. Such a thought really should fill each of us with fear and trepidation.

While conventional wisdom rejects the idea of fearing God, seeing it as unnecessary and unproductive, the Bible actually commends it--not as an end in itself, but as a starting point. The Bible says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7). 

Don't be the fool who runs from their fears, or erases them with hypnotherapy. Listen to your fears and be guided by them into the ways of wisdom.

Americans Can't Live Without Their Phones

Word of God Dependence on God Guidance

Source: “Mobile Technology Fact Sheet: Highlights of the Pew Internet Project’s research related to mobile technology” by Pew Research Center, posted, retrieved 4/20/15

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-30

Scripture: Various

Author: Pew Research Organization / Illustration Exchange


According to the Pew Research Center, 90% of Americans own a phone:

  • 67% of cell owners find themselves checking their phone for messages, alerts, or calls — even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating.
  • 44% of cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed because they wanted to make sure they didn’t miss any calls, text messages, or other updates during the night.
  • 29% of cell owners describe their cell phone as “something they can’t imagine living without.”

Recent statistics also show that 70% of cell phone owners and 86% of smart phone owners have used their phones in one or more of the following ways in the past 30 days:

  • Coordinate a meeting or get-together — 41%
  • Solve an unexpected problem that they or someone else had encountered — 35%
  • Decide whether to visit a business, such as a restaurant — 30%
  • Find information to help settle an argument they were having — 27%
  • Look up a score of a sporting event — 23%
  • Get up-to-the-minute traffic or public transit information to find the fastest way to get somewhere — 20%
  • Get help in an emergency situation — 19%

All this cell phone use equates to the average person checking their phone 150 times per day, this according to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers's annual Internet Trends report.


A recent social media buzz point (author unknown) asked this probing question: What if we began to treat our Bibles the way we treat our cell phones?

What if we …

carried it with us everywhere?

turned back to get it if we forgot it?

checked it for messages throughout the day?

used it in case of an emergency?

spent an hour or more using it each day?

Indeed, what if we consulted the Bible instead of our phone …

The next time we wanted to coordinate a meeting?

“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee” (Psalm 63:1, KJV). “…when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 11:19).

The next time we needed to solve a problem?

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5). “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

The next time you need direction?

“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:6).

The next time you need to decide where you should or shouldn’t go?

“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!” (Psalm 1:1).

The next time you need help to settle an argument?

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church” (Matthew 18:15-16, ESV). “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ To the contrary, ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:17-21, ESV).

The next time you need to find the most direct path to your destination?

“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:6).

The next time you have an emergency?

“Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me” (Psalm 50:15). “He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him” (Psalm 91:15).

Let’s make the Word of God “something we cannot imagine living without!”

Guidance Quotes

Guidance Counseling Wisdom

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-17

Scripture: Various

Author: Various


"Listen to your elders' advice, not because they are always right, but because they have more experiences of being wrong." Anonymous

“Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obedient in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person's seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.” Elisabeth Elliot (1926 - ) is a former missionary to the Auca Indians of Ecuador who killed her first husband, Jim Elliot. She is presently a Christian author and speaker.

“We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.” Ben Sweetland is a self-improvement author of such books as I CAN and GROW RICH WHILE YOU SLEEP).

“Don't ask for directions if you're not going to start the car.” Rob Liano is a Best Selling Author, a Certified Life Coach and a Sales/Business Strategist.

“The Christopher Columbus Award: This award goes to those who, like good old Chris, when they set out to do something, don't know where they are going; neither do they know how to get there. When they arrive, they don't know where they are, and when they return, they don't know where they've been.” Jim Berg, as quoted in his book Changed Into His Image: God's Plan for Transforming Your Life.

“Knowledge unlocks the door to the mysteries of our mistakes; wisdom guides us away from repeating them.” Evinda Lepins is the president of is the President of Chicklit Power Ministries, Inc.

“The last thing Scripture should do is make you blind in the world. Instead, you hear everything, see everything, and feel everything because everything just so happens to point right back to it.” Criss Jami is an American poet, essayist, and existentialist philosopher.

“To dispense knowledge without moral guidance would be grossly irresponsible.” Wayne Gerard Trotman (1964 - ) is a British independent filmmaker, writer, photographer, composer and producer of electronic music.

“Intuition is the GPS of Life.” Donald L. Hicks is a spiritualist, naturalist, and author of "The Divinity Factor” and "Look into the Stillness.”

“You never require a teacher to lead you into the wrong path, but you do require a kindly word to conduct you aright.” Charles H. Spurgeon (1834 – 1892) was a British Particular Baptist preacher and author known as the "Prince of Preachers.”

“No matter how talented or skilled you are, you will never reach your full potential without expert guidance.” Author unknown.

“There is as much guidance in what does not and cannot happen in my life as there is in what can and does -- maybe more.” Parker J. Palmer, founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal, is a world-renowned writer, speaker and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change.

“If you listen to the beginning of the whispers you will not have to hear the shouts.” Miranda J. Barrett is a modern American teacher and poet who focuses on women’s issues.

“It is not kindness to tell patients that need strong medicine that nothing serious is wrong with them.” Cornelius Van Til (1895 – 1987) was a Christian philosopher, Reformed theologian, and presuppositional apologist.

“Jesus doesn’t lead you out of your day, He leads you into it.” Todd Stocker is an American pastor and personal development coach.

“In war, when a commander becomes so bereft of reason and perspective that he fails to understand the dependence of arms on Divine guidance, he no longer deserves victory.” Douglas MacArthur (1880 –1964) was an American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II.

“Men give advice; God gives guidance.” Leonard Ravenhill (1907–1994) was an English Christian evangelist and author who focused on the subjects of prayer and revival.

“The next message you need is always right where you are.” Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert; 1931 - ) is an American spiritual teacher and the author of Be Here Now.

“Tradition is meant to be a guide and not a jailer.” W. Somerset Maugham (1874 – 1965) was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer.

“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.” St. Francis of Assisi 1181/1182 – 1226) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher, beloved by both Catholics and Protestants alike.


Many of the above quotes provide their own points of application.

Google Maps Is My Shepherd

Guidance Faith God's Care

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2015-03-20

Scripture: Psalms 23:1 ; John 10:14

Author: Mitchell Dillon

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Probe Module Philae Lands On Speeding Comet

Guidance Trust (In God) Bible

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-11-14

Scripture: Psalms 119:105 ; 2 Peter 1:19

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This Book ...

Word of God Guidance God's Promises

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-04-12

Scripture: Proverbs 6:23

Author: Unknown

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Do You Know Where You Are Going?

Guidance Holy Spirit (Walking In) Truth

Contributed By: Gordon | Date Posted: 2014-03-26

Scripture: John 16:13

Author: Gordon/Illustration Exchange

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Jonah Was Going Nowhere

Circumstances Guidance Repentance

Contributed By: Brett Sartain | Date Posted: 2013-07-06

Scripture: John 14:6

Author: Jon Courson

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One Dad Inspires Teens To Make A Big Burrito Difference

Fatherhood Guidance Selfless

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-06-12

Scripture: Proverbs 22:6

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You Go Where You Look

Vision Guidance God's Will

Contributed By: David Cranford | Date Posted: 2013-06-06

Scripture: Proverbs 29:18 ; Job 31:7

Author: David Cranford

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