Coping with normal preoperative fear,
excessive fear, and
some thoughts on spiritual battles
by Nancy Allen

2 Timothy 1:7.   For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

We are all aware that some amount of fear before surgery is normal.  And I think brain surgery is more scary than most.  It may cause you to consider your mortality.  As a nurse, I will tell you what you probably already know.  All surgery carries a risk.  All medical procedures and all medicine, even over the counter, carry a risk.

You may not be aware though, if you are experiencing such a high level of fear that it is overwhelming and unreasonable, it certainly doesn't come from God, but may be the bad guy Satan trying to trip you up, because calmness and peace of mind come from God.

Friends, I am not saying your particular preoperative fear is caused by Satan or is a spiritual attack, because some preoperative fear is expected.  It likely isn't.  It could be a lack of faith or your mind working overtime, or both.  But if it is excessive and relentless or is mentally paralyzing, it could be a spiritual attack.  I have been in spiritual battles several times before.  I think most strong Christians have.  Satan doesn't concern himself if a person is lukewarm for the Lord or an atheist.  But a strong Christian is a threat to him and subject to attacks.  Whatever the cause of your fear, the Lord will help you with it if you ask him.

I have experienced this several times with illnesses of mine and others.  Satan knows we are often weak when we face a serious illness.  Now, when I begin to feel an extreme level of fear and panic that is over the top,  I realize Satan is trying to get to me, and I rebuke him. I tell him to get lost and pray for God's peace that passes all understanding.  Sometimes in life we find ourselves with a spiritual battle on our hands. It is unrealistic to think we will get through life without Satan occasionally trying to trip us up or tempt us in some way.

Let us always remember, Satan wants us in a fearful state--certainly not 100% trusting the Lord.  He likes to attack us at our weakest point.  So we need to be on the alert for his attacks.  I don't want to scare you or upset you with these thoughts.   However, if I didn't point out the scriptures to you and warn you, I would be falling down on my job as a Christian who really cares about you.  I have worked many hundreds of hours making this website to help you.

I Peter 5:4-7.  Be careful--watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy.  He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart.  Stand firm when he attacks.  Trust the Lord.

Several years ago my worst spiritual battle occurred when a much loved special cat of mine named Kit nearly died and was near death for weeks and weeks.  Satan tried to control me every day with fear.  It was terrible.  It was a battle day after day.  It was relentless.  Christian friends were trying to help me fight it.   I learned a lot from that experience about spiritual battles.  Many people that are not well informed about Satan's attacks might not have realized what was going on, but thankfully, I knew it for what it was. I got through it with the Lord's help and, praise God, the Lord is much stronger than Satan.  And my cat Kit recovered with the Lord's help and my good nursing care. Click here to read about Kit and her battle for survival.

Also, I have a good friend who seemed to be a devoted, church going Christian.  She told me though she didn’t believe in Satan.  I was completely blown away by that.  I couldn’t believe she just threw out a bunch of the Bible, especially something that important.   I believe she is very wrong.  I have always thought that is one of the things Satan likes best--for people not to believe in his existence.  That way they are totally defenseless and don't have their guard up against any temptations or attacks.

Back to our discussion of fear, as a nurse I will tell you, you need to get rid of as much of that excessive fear as possible (from whatever source) and be positive going into your surgery, because that will affect the outcome of your surgery to a certain extent.  We, in the medical field, are well aware of this phenomena.   I have studied this positive/negative attitude and brain/body connection for years.  In fact, some of the really negative thoughts people have can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.  If you believe something enough, it will probably happen.

Nurse Nancy Allen

In a nutshell, the body tries to do what the brain tells it to do.  That is why some medical people will stop a person from having surgery if the patient truly believes he/she will die during surgery.  They know how powerful the brain's affect is over the body.  So friends, please try to stay in as positive a mode as possible going into your surgery.  I know it is hard.  The natural impulse is to be fearful.  It is hard for us humans to trust God 100%.  I admit I was a bit nervous, but not actually fearful, when Arnold was in surgery even though I felt like I was trusting the Lord with all my heart and mind.  But you can do it with the Lord's help.

The body tries to do what the brain tells it to do

I can't emphasize enough the importance of going into your surgery with as much faith as you can muster in addition to having  a positive attitude, trying with the Lord's help, to keep fear down to a minimum.  That is so vital in how things may play out with your surgery.  I will always believe that is one of the reasons my husband Arnold did as well as he did.  Dr. Francel did great work getting his tumor out, but Arnold's attitude and faith were key.  He felt quite at ease the day of his surgery.  Despite the risky surgery ahead of him he was not at all fearful.  When he went into the O.R. his pulse rate was low, around 54, not only because he was a runner but because he had a great relaxed, positive attitude.   He trusted the Lord and Dr. Francel to bring him through it successfully.

Dr. Paul Francel

Then after successful surgery for his "inoperable" brain tumor, by faith and pure force of will, he was like the man the Lord said in John 5:8 in the Bible to "Take up your bed and walk."  He did.  Then he ran.  It was amazing. There was no holding him back.  Twelve days post-op he was running, playing tennis, mowing the lawn, and fixing broken hardware with a ball cap covering his 14-inch stapled, horseshoe-shaped incision.  Less than a week after getting home from the hospital he was fixing the phone system at my office.  That weekend we went up to Shawnee and helped my niece pick out a computer desk and put it together.  In five weeks he returned to work full time.  Arnold is an amazing miracle!

Arnold Allen

In closing, I can't advise you any better than this:

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything;
tell God your needs and don't forget to thank him for his answers.
If you do you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful
than the human mind can understand.  His peace will keep  your thoughts
and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7

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Suggested Reading on Satan

I should warn you these books and links have a frightening, shocking message

Ascent from Darkness: How Satan's Soldier Became God's Warrior (2011) by Michael Leehan.  Mr. Leehan's story was shown on KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, February, 2012.  He was a Satan worshipper for over 30 years before committing his life to Christ.  This book isn't for the faint of heart and is frightening in parts.  It has some animal killings, self-mutilation, and he almost killed a pastor and himself before being rescued by the Lord.  This is a real eye opener about the world of Satan.

Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey, a well known Christian author.  This was published in the 1970's.  It is well researched and written.  I highly recommend it.

The Satan Seller by Mike Warnke - this appears to probably be out of print, but some copies are available.  His story reminds me a lot of Michael Leehan's.  Mike Warnke was a Satanic Priest and became a Christian Pastor. It is also frightening in parts and very revealing about Satan.

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