After spending time with the Lord today, I feel that He would really like this particular post (from yesterday) to serve as today’s post as well. May His will be done, beloved.
With the power and authority that Christ has given me, I am renouncing the enemy’s garbage off of you today. Today is the day the Lord has made, and we are going to rejoice and be glad in it.
“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” Luke 10:19
The same power that resurrected Jesus Christ from the grave and overcome the power of darkness is the exact same power that resides in us as believers of the One True King – Jesus Christ. I’m ready to call the enemy out for his lies and pervasive distortions of who you are, who God is, and what this life is really about.
Let’s start with the seed of fear. After growing in our minds, fear can create symptoms such as insecurity, greed, people-pleasing, or depression. Whatever the outward appearance, fear of something is generally a major root cause for each of those. Whenever a seed of fear isn’t immediately confronted with the power and authority of Christ through God’s word, it can sprout into a weed that seeks to demolish every bit of your righteousness, cripple you spiritually, and numb your true emotions. Yet, the truth is that we can rest because there is never a reason to fear, and in fact the Lord commands us not to fear.
“For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (BBE)
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Why does the enemy plant seeds of fear into our minds?
For the simple fact that he desires our worship. He wants our attention, our minds, our hearts, our bodies, and our lives. In his pursuit, he starts with a simple thought and hopes it takes root. Fear is intended to create a wedge between us and the Living God by distracting us from Him. In our confusion, we may focus on other unreliable or temporary sources of comfort (such as money or another person) to relieve our fears. And once this distraction causes us to turn away from the Great I AM, we are prone to worship the very thing that we fear, which leads to our next point: anxiety.
Why does he plant seeds of anxiety?
Because nagging anxiety will drive us to build altars in our hearts to worship idols where God was once revered. You see, what you worry about is what you will end up worshiping. And anything you worship outside of the Lord is really an idol in your life.
Satan knows the Ten Commandments, and he also knows how God feels about idols very well. The enemy wanted everyone to take their eyes off of the One True God and to worship him (Satan) instead. We all know the outcome of that decision: God-the Father kicked him out of heaven and cursed him for eternity. We should not be surprised that the enemy still uses the exact same tactics of idolatry to attack God’s people.
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalms 56:3
“Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19:4
Here are some common examples of how idolatry can emerge from fear or anxiety:
- You’re afraid of being lonely, so you do everything you can to create (and protect) a busy schedule
- You’re afraid of being single, so you date every guy or girl that catches your eye
- You’re afraid of rejection, so you isolate yourself and hide behind a TV screen and the internet
- You’re afraid of being abandoned, so you obsess about being the “perfect and worthy” spouse
- You’re afraid of the economy collapsing, so you hoard everything you own without consulting the Lord
- You’re anxious about bills, your bank account, and the stock market, so you constantly focus on money
- You’re anxious about how others see you or what they think about you, so you build a facade that others approve of
- You’re anxious about poor choices of your friends/family members, constantly focusing on the details of their lives
- You’re anxious about your sales goals and your work performance, constantly focusing on your job
Notice a theme here? Fear and anxiety are incredibly controlling and oppressive. They can lead us into fatigue, sadness, confusion, depression, crankiness, malnourishment, and frustration as they spread throughout our hearts and minds.
“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” Proverbs 12:25
When we’re with Jesus, there is absolutely no reason to fear what He has already overcome. Satan is defeated, along with everything he tries to throw at us. Fear and anxiety are merely tactics to get your eyes off of all that Jesus is. The enemy knows that if he can remove us from adoring and trusting the Great I AM, we are hopeless. Therefore, we must focus on Jesus Christ as our future, our acceptance, our community, our security, our companion, and our identity.
What are you afraid of today, beloved? Whoever you are, Jesus is going to set you free today. You just need to confront fear and anxiety, lay them down at His feet, and ask Him to deliver you with the power of His mighty right hand. Whatever it is, ask Him. He will be faithful to forgive, deliver, and redeem you.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalms 34:4
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
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