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Repost: Shutting the Door on Fear

After praying about what to share with you as readers this weekend, I believe this re-post is for someone(s) today. May it serve as an incredible source of encouragement for those of you who have recently succumbed to bouts of fear. To God be the glory!

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

One night last year (just days before our short-term missions trip to Austria), my husband and I were fast asleep until an odd noise disturbed the gentle hum of our AC, startling me into consciousness. The noise left me so dumbstruck that my heart began to pound violently against my rib cage, and I nudged Keith to wake up.

“Keith, there’s someone trying to open our front door!” I exclaimed while pushing myself out from beneath the sheets.

I grabbed my cell phone and could see the door knob twist and turn with the intruder’s persistent attempts to enter our home. Keith had dashed to the door and could see through the peephole that our would be intruder was actually a young woman. A woman who appeared quite disheveled (perhaps intoxicated) and may have assumed she was at the correct home. But she was accompanied by a large man whose presence caused my mind to fear. Though they left within seconds, I was deeply afraid.

At this moment the Father began to speak: “Christy, they won’t return. It was a mistake. Trust in Me. Don’t allow the enemy to have a place in your mind. What the devil has intended for harm, I am intending for good. Allow Me to be your Protector. Trust in Me.

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

I immediately felt peace after the Lord spoke, but the inner struggle (between fearing what just took place and putting my trust in God) was still ever-present. In all honesty, it was difficult not to think about the worse-case scenario. We tend to meditate on what could have been (what generally never happens) and allow ourselves to become so distraught that we plunge into a victimization mindset (poor me).

This is exactly where the enemy wants us, beloved.

Allow me to describe to you the image that God brought to mind when revealing the truth of who Satan is and why I shouldn’t fear his pathetic attacks. He’s not big and strong like many of us believers think (even though he is stronger than man alone). Satan’s power is all a facade. A show. Remember, he lies about everything:

“He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44b

God showed me a vision of the enemy as a small, frail, insecure, rejected, pale being that was nothing more than miserable. This is the one, beloved, who taunts us to fear. When God put this into perspective for me, I realized it was quite ridiculous to keep meditating on the crap this sick little being was throwing out at me.

There is absolutely nothing to fear in Christ Jesus. Jesus is the One who is Big and Strong. Allow this truth to set you free, beloved.

“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”John 8:32

Satan isn’t original in anything he does. He simply mocks Jesus with lies. It wasn’t Satan who conquered the grave. Nope. It was Jesus who victoriously snatched those keys of death out of Satan’s hands when he hung on the cross and died for the sins of the world. There is no kingdom, no power, no authority, and no demonic presence that will ever defeat Jesus. Ever.

“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Matthew 28:18

“They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” Revelation 17:14

“On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords.” Revelation 19:16

This is the truth, beloved. If God is for us, who really can be against us?

“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

Whenever the enemy decides he’s going to deliver a crap load of lies at the doorstep of your heart, it usually looks like one of the following:

  • You’re going to die of this illness
  • You’re going to lose your family
  • You’ll never be married
  • You’ll never be good enough at what you do
  • You can’t reach that goal
  • You’re unlovable and will always be rejected
  • Etc, etc…because this list can go on and on

However, it’s only when we believe these lies that we give them power and deliberately choose to make the enemy bigger than he is. Allow me to expose this as it is: It’s a mind game. He wants your mind. He wants you to think things are worse than they are, becoming so severely crippled that you never realize the God-given potential (and desires) that reside in you.

Rebuke Satan’s lies in the name of Jesus and move on. You have this authority through Christ.

“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”Luke 10:19-20

May you firmly stay in His grip this weekend allowing His perfect love to shut the door on fear.

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A Call to Pray for Atlanta

Praying for Atlanta

If any of you have had any remote link to technology over the past day, you have already heard of the treacherous nightmare many Atlantans are experiencing with the icy road conditions. Whoever you may be and wherever you are in the world, I am asking you to pray today. Atlanta needs your prayers. There are many people who have slept in their cars overnight in 12 degree weather who have no food or water. There are children who’ve been stranded on school buses and parents who fought all night to try and reach their babies. Some children are still on buses and some are still at school. People are desperate, afraid, and hopeless. We’ve seen a lot of miracles last night: tons of loved ones rescued by others and given a warm place to stay and others who connected with friends and roughed it out in the cold whole night. But, we still need prayers. Please pray for the following:

1. For the Lord to send divine interventions to save these children and trapped adults (in their cars and buildings) and for them to return home safely.

2. Please pray for hearts and spirits to be refreshed and renewed by the kindness and generosity of others. Countless people are opening up their homes, making the trek to rescue stranded people, and dropping off bottled water and snacks.

3. Pray that the generosity continues whether through local churches, individuals, or businesses. And that God may multiply the resources just as He did when feeding the five thousand with two fish and five loaves of bread. May no one run out of anything needed for those in need.

4. Pray for sunshine. Pray the sun will melt the ice on the roads so people can drive. 

5. Pray that hearts will turn back to God in this crisis. Pray for a deeper level of trust for those that already believe in Jesus Christ and for those who don’t or who have turned away, that this experience may reignite their faith. 

6. Pray that God grants incredible wisdom to those who are driving and working to restore the roads.

7. Pray that hearts will be forever moved with compassion towards those that are in need. Pray this experience will not be in vain, but that it would produce a harvest of righteousness. Pray that hard and bitter hearts towards the church would be broken and healed by the selfless giving of a believer in Jesus Christ. Pray that the homeless and abandoned children (orphans, trafficking victims) will gain a new level of importance in the hearts of many who (never once before) faced such travail. Pray that this suffering will be used as an incredible tool of character refinement and hunger for the truth of Jesus Christ. 

May the Lord receive the glory! May trust and hope be restored in this city for Jesus Christ!

“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”  Colossians 3:15

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”  Psalms 46:1

“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.”  Psalm 18:32-36

“Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”  Psalm 119:165

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we all live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”  Galatians 5:22-26

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  John 14.27

“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

“The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’  Numbers 6:26

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Shutting the Door on Fear

May this post serve as a source of encouragement for those who’ve recently succumbed to bouts of fear. I sense this is meant for someone today. Be encouraged, beloved.

Shut Door

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

One night this week, my husband and I were fast asleep until an odd noise disturbed the gentle hum of our AC, startling me into consciousness. The noise left me so dumbstruck that my heart began to pound violently against my rib cage, and I nudged Keith to wake up.

“Keith, there’s someone trying to open our front door!” I exclaimed while pushing myself out from beneath the sheets.

I grabbed my cell phone and could see the door knob twist and turn with the intruder’s persistent attempts to enter our home. Keith had dashed to the door and could see through the peephole that our would be intruder was actually a young woman. A woman who appeared quite disheveled (perhaps intoxicated) and may have assumed she was at the correct home. But she was accompanied by a large man whose presence caused my mind to fear. Though they left within seconds, I was deeply afraid.

At this moment the Father began to speak: “Christy, they won’t return. It was a mistake. Trust in Me. Don’t allow the enemy to have a place in your mind. What the devil has intended for harm, I am intending for good. Allow Me to be your Protector. Trust in Me.

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

I immediately felt peace after the Lord spoke, but the inner struggle (between fearing what just took place and putting my trust in God) was still ever-present. In all honesty, it was difficult not to think about the worse-case scenario. We tend to meditate on what could have been (what generally never happens) and allow ourselves to become so distraught that we plunge into a victimization mindset (poor me).

This is exactly where the enemy wants us, beloved.

Allow me to describe to you the image that God brought to mind when revealing the truth of who Satan is and why I shouldn’t fear his pathetic attacks. He’s not big and strong like many of us believers think (even though he is stronger than man alone). Satan’s power is all a facade. A show. Remember, he lies about everything:

“He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44b

God showed me a vision of the enemy as a small, frail, insecure, rejected, pale being that was nothing more than miserable. This is the one, beloved, who taunts us to fear. When God put this into perspective for me, I realized it was quite ridiculous to keep meditating on the crap this sick little being was throwing out at me.

There is absolutely nothing to fear in Christ Jesus. Jesus is the One who is Big and Strong. Allow this truth to set you free, beloved.

“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”John 8:32

Satan isn’t original in anything he does. He simply mocks Jesus with lies. It wasn’t Satan who conquered the grave. Nope. It was Jesus who victoriously snatched those keys of death out of Satan’s hands when he hung on the cross and died for the sins of the world. There is no kingdom, no power, no authority, and no demonic presence that will ever defeat Jesus. Ever.

“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Matthew 28:18

“They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” Revelation 17:14

“On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords.” Revelation 19:16

This is the truth, beloved. If God is for us, who really can be against us?

“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

Whenever the enemy decides he’s going to deliver a crap load of lies at the doorstep of your heart, it usually looks like one of the following:

  • You’re going to die of this illness
  • You’re going to lose your family
  • You’ll never be married
  • You’ll never be good enough at what you do
  • You can’t reach that goal
  • You’re unlovable and will always be rejected
  • Etc, etc…because this list can go on and on

However, it’s only when we believe these lies that we give them power and deliberately choose to make the enemy bigger than he is. Allow me to expose this as it is: It’s a mind game. He wants your mind. He wants you to think things are worse than they are, becoming so severely crippled that you never realize the God-given potential (and desires) that reside in you.

Rebuke Satan’s lies in the name of Jesus and move on. You have this authority through Christ.

“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”Luke 10:19-20

May you firmly stay in His grip this week allowing His perfect love to shut the door on fear.

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