I’ve been taking a break from the blog for the last couple of weeks since the new year. I’ll testify that I have been battling fear and anxiety again and didn’t feel qualified to write this blog. I haven’t even tried to write anything, I thank those around me for the support and encouragement. I’ve been needing to pull myself out this funk.
I guess what brought all this on were things in my personal life that I just can’t seem to control. After lots of meditation, sleepless nights, and prayer, I have found that there are just some things in life you can’t worry or be afraid of. They are inevitable.
I had a pastor at my local church pray for me and they gave me this verse: ” I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” – Psalm 34:4
While I was getting prayed for a woman at the church said she had heard angels singing over me and that God was singing over me. I had just met the woman and I didn’t hear anything, but apparently this woman has a gift. I had gotten to a hopeless mental state these last few weeks and I admit that although I wrote the blog for New Years I didn’t practice much of what I preach. Anyways after prayer when this woman had told me what she heard, I guess I was just so in awe. I think in the hard times, we forget just how much God loves us. It was just a reminder for me.
“My slanderers pursue me all day long; many are attacking me in their pride. When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” – Psalm 56:2-4
A soon as we have doubtful thoughts or thoughts that scare us, we need to attack it with the word. The bible is described as our sword and what better way to use it than with our mouths. When we are going through hardships, the absolute best thing to do is to read the word aloud. Which I had to stop myself and do recently. The verse that I stumbled upon was this: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”l
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We just have to keep reminding ourselves with the word who our God is in times of distress and trouble, the verse I’ve always held close to my heart which is Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous, do not be discouraged, for the lord your God is with you wherever you go.
- Joshua was afraid after Moses died, when he was handed the leadership over the Israelites. God told him to be strong and of good courage. Then the Lord instructed him on how to achieve these character traits: Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. -Joshua 1:7-8 The immediate response to feelings of fear, worry, or anxiety should be the Word of God. Instead of asking God to remove fear from us, we need to follow His instructions and fill our spirits and souls with the Word-the proven antidote for fear.
This verse I constantly repeat to myself whenever I feel small, and frightened. We have to remind ourselves what a mighty and awesome God we serve. Otherwise we just let Satan have more power, and let him deceive and take more than he already has. Which is our sound of mind and peace through Christ Jesus in life everlasting! I don’t know who this messege is for, if for nobody else then I write it to remind myself. I lean not on my own understanding…Nothing can separate us from the love of God. We can’t worry about tomorrow, we can’t worry or be scared of the future. We can’t let people control our happiness. The maker of the universe loves us all. It’s people that can cause us hurt, situations… humanity is complicated. More than the natural we have to trust in the supernatural around us.
When the devil tries to put fear into our minds, we have to rebuke him and fight him with the word. We need to pray and be encouraged. Fear is not from God.