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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