I owned a Jack Russell for 15 years; his name was Russel. He died about nine years ago. He was a perfect dog, though he was very aggressive. He would fight anything and usually win the fight. He killed several coons that were twice as big as he was. He was an excellent watchdog and could hear cars drive in the driveway and deer that would eat apples in our orchard. He wasn’t afraid of anything.
We have another dog now. He is a jack-a-poo, half Jack Russell and half poodle, and his name is Roscoe, but most of the time I call him Russell. He is a wonderful kids dog, the grandkids all love him. He acts like a good watchdog in that he barks a lot at noises, but he is afraid of his own shadow. There was a sack of chicken food sitting in our back yard waiting for me to carry it to the chicken pen. Roscoe wouldn’t leave the back porch while that sack was out there, I am not sure what he thought it was, but he wasn’t going out there to check it out.
My first Jack Russell was totally fearless, I am sure he would have fought a bear if he had a chance. My present Jack Russell is pretty much afraid of anything that moves and some things that don’t move if they look suspicious. Dogs are mostly who they are by inherited temperament, they don’t choose or change much. They are who they are, and that is all that they are.
People as a whole are born fearful, and a long list of psychological words have arisen that describe the various things that we are afraid of. In the Bible, God commands us not to fear, worry, be anxious, or fret over 50 times. In our present world it is easy to observe that people who are fearful are easy to control, that is why the devils main tactic is to create fear in our life.
1 Chronicles 28:20 Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you.
Jesus by His death on the cross has freed us from the ultimate fear, the foundational fear, the fear of death.
Hebrews 2:14-15 that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.