For years fear ruled my life.Yes, I was a Christian.Yes, I had and have great faith.However, the same circumstances that caused me to lose myself brought an environment of fear into my life.It overwhelmed me to the point that I was afraid to speak my mind, express my opinion, or even enjoy life.It was done so insidiously that I didn’t realize it had happened.I know now that Satan was using fear to keep me from being the child of God I was created to be.
Thankfully God brought someone into my life who enabled me to realize how fear was affecting me.She led me to 2 Timothy 1:7:
“for God gave us a spirit not of fear
but of power and love and self-control.”
and showed me how to overcome Satan’s attacks.To this day when I sense fear trying to control me all I have to do is whisper Jesus’ name and quote that verse and fear has to flee.It is so freeing!
It was not an overnight victory but nothing worth doing is.I still have times when that old feeling of fear hits the pit of my stomach and I just want to curl up under the covers with my puppy and stay there.That’s when I rebuke Satan and call on Jesus.I remind myself of verses such as Philippians 4:7:
“and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
and allow the peace of God to envelop my being.There are times when I can feel His comforting arms wrap me in a cocoon of love, peace, and warmth.It is so comforting!
Jesus quoted scripture to rebuke Satan when He was being tempted in the wilderness.How can I do any less?Knowing and claiming the word of God allows me to overcome any temptation Satan may used to confront me.But just knowing it is not enough.I must use it.It is empowering!
Fear seeks to control.Fear has no power unless I give it.God is in control.He has all the power and all I have to do is claim it.Jesus has overcome.That is amazing!
Freeing, comforting, empowering, amazing.I like this new way of living God has led me to.Amen!