Thinking about fear I am reminded of something I read in the book Praying God’s Word, by Beth Moore about breaking free from spiritual strongholds, "Satan is many things, but he is not very creative. He uses the same thing over and over as long as he is getting results."
How true is this when it comes to fear. The enemy not only knows your fears he put them there!
“Fear is born of Satan, and if we would only take time to think a moment we would see that everything Satan says is founded upon a falsehood.”
~ A. B. Simpson
When Pastor Blake asked us to write down three fears this past gathering my first thought was only three? In less than a minute my paper had:
Fear of failure
Fear of commitment
Fear of not being in control (fear of being vulnerable)
Imagine how long that list could be if I spent an hour writing down everything that causes me fear, anxiety, apprehension, nervousness, dread…. But that isn’t the point is it... we aren’t supposed to dwell on our fears. Dwelling on them is what the enemy wants; to consume us and distract us from living the life God created us for.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Remember the ex from my blog My Red Cord, the one I went down a very dark path with? My heart sings for joy as I write that he has been saved! Hearing his story of accepting Jesus into his heart and allowing God to start working in his life almost doesn’t seem real. I am sharing this because of a specific story he told me happened recently. He was at a bachelor party with his mostly non-believer friends out on the town. They were drinking, partying, strolling around when they passed an elderly man who was asking for money. As all his friends walked past laughing and carrying on, he stopped, turned around and asked the man if he was Christian, immediately being called crazy by his friends. The man replied he was and proceeded to share his favorite hymn. During their conversation his friends laughed at him and continued to tease him the rest of the night about it as well.
Anyone who knew my ex, he was very afraid with how others perceived him and would do anything to ensure he fit in and was “cool." That fear had driven him to make many poor choices in life which he is now only finding the power to overcome through God. His new-believer thirst has him reading and researching much of the bible. He shared that much of what he reads and has heard others say is how much God loves us. God’s love is what moves him and reassures him.
Notice the three things that allowed him to (without fear) speak to that man, on the side of the road, in front of his friends calling him crazy?
Power: The power that rose Christ from the dead is the same power that God will give to us to overcome fear
Love: Focusing on God’s love can do unimaginable things
Self-Control: Also known as self discipline; reading God’s word and talking to Him on a regular basis
So now we are going to pray not to overcome fear but to overcome the enemy (inspired by the book Praying God’s Word).
Father God, You are my light and my salvation -- whom shall I fear? You, the Lord, are the stronghold of my life -- of whom shall I be afraid? When evil advances against me and the enemy attacks me, cause him to stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident. (Ps. 27:1-3). Thank you God for sending your son to die for our sins and that nothing can ever separate us from your love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from Your love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from Your love that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8:38-39)