fear /’fir/ noun;
1. An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat.
Are you feeling the unpleasant emotion that fear brings? Are you fear based, filtering everything that happens in your life through the eyes of fear? My guess is that you are bound up and God wants to set you free.
Like I’ve mentioned a few posts ago, I’ve been a pretty fearful person. The lord is good and is always working on those areas in our lives, that we are stuck in. He is wanting to set us free. For years, this area of fear has been my struggle and if I am not careful, fear will creep in and I’m back in that place of anxiety and panic.
Lets look at the definition again.
Fear: The unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous; likely to cause pain or a threat.
The unpleasant EMOTION?
When fear grips me, it feels like way more than an unpleasant emotion.
I CAN’T BREATHE!
As long as I am allowing my thoughts to run rampant in my head: the fear grows, my faith gets smaller and I start to feel lost. There it is, the unpleasant emotion of feeling lost. What happens if I’m lost and I can’t find my way?
Have you ever been accused of something that wasn’t true? The unpleasant emotion of trying to defend yourself can be paralyzing, especially when people don’t believe you.
For years my life was bound by fear. People called me insecure. I was consistently bombarded by the thoughts swirling in my head. The controlling opinions of people left me exhausted.
Even though I knew how God saw me and what his word said about me, I was unable to rest in his opinion of me because I was taught, that no matter what, above everything I must be a good girl and do whatever anyone told me to do. I became the perfect people pleaser. I became all things to all people. I was living a life fear-based and trapped by the unpleasant emotion of disappointing others.
I knew the words to 2nd Corinthians 10:4-6 “Take every thought captive.” I was born again. I was involved in every activity in our church and I was leading people to the lord. I was living the way I’ve always lived, so what was the problem?
I did not know how to take my thoughts captive or how to renew my mind. My mind was under attack and no one knew it. Paul calls this “Spiritual Warfare.” I called it chaos and craziness! It wasn’t until I was desperate for God to help me, that I learned to “TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE.”
Listen carefully to this verse and lets take it S-L-O-W.
“We are humans, but we don’t wage war as humans do.” (Okay that was my problem, I was under attack by something I couldn’t humanly fight against, but I was trying and losing) verse continues…
“We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.” (That’s a mouthful. God’s mighty weapons are HIS WORD and PRAYER) I read the bible and I prayed, so why was I losing this battle?
Instead of using the written word like Jesus did when he was being tempted by Satan in Luke 4:1-13. I was having conversations with myself over the unpleasant emotions I was feeling. It was more like whining and wondering: Why does this have to happen to me and why am I going through this, it’s not fair. The devil is so mean. I need to call my friends and ask them to pray for me while I tell them of my sad life.
No wonder I was losing the battle!
Verse 5 says, “We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God.” (The obstacles in my mind were all the thoughts rushing in like a flood, keeping me from seeing God’s promises for me. I was blinded by those thoughts. Here God is saying “Jamie you know this. you have read my word, now use it”.) Verse continues, “We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. And after you have become fully obedient, we will punish everyone who remains disobedient.”
I realized that my thoughts were keeping me from obeying Christ. I had the sharpness of the sword to grant sure victory and I wasn’t using it.
We must learn to speak as Jesus did in the wilderness when he said to Satan, “It is written.” Those words are powerful. When I take my authority, pick up my sword, Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between joint and marrow. It exposes our inner most thoughts and desires.” Using God’s word is how I am able to defeat the enemy and win. The word of God is able to cut through the clutter in my mind, divide the truth from the lies, and set me free. We must use his word to win. Satan knows the overcoming power of the word of God, and he fears it.
The second offensive weapon in our tool belt: PRAYER.
Ephesians 6:18 says, “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” Before we go to battle we must get on our knees. I have never been a part of the military and I’m not really sure how things go except for what I have seen in movies, but I know there is a chain of command. I see the Holy Spirit as our Commander-in-chief. He gives us constant communication.
We must not set foot on the battle field until we have talked with him and I don’t mean a quick “Thank you lord for our day, Amen.” kind of prayer. I’m talking about a “suiting up for battle” kind of prayer.
If everyday we are in a battle, then everyday we must be sitting at the feet of our God who knows all and sees all. We must listen carefully for his instructions on how to win the battle today.
I want to encourage all of you today, to take the mighty weapons God has given to you and get ready to battle the unseen world. We will have victory in our lives when we use the weapons of God’s word and prayer.
Thank you for equipping us for battle. Thank you that we don’t have to do this life depending on our own knowledge and strength. Give us eyes to see beyond the moment we are in. The real battle that wages war is against our souls and the souls of people. Give us your knowledge to see the danger up ahead. Give us your wisdom to know what to do, and the courage to pick up your word and use it to fight the good fight. In the powerful and mighty name Jesus Christ, Amen.
Praying for all of you,
Victory In Jesus,