Today’s Plan to Up End Fear:
Don’t Argue With Fear – Take It Captive.
Rationalizing with fear doesn’t work. Fear is a foe able to bend kings and mighty warriors to it’s sway. So, how can I succeed against something so powerful?
The battle with fear begins in my mind, so it must be waged there:
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV – emphasis mine)
These verses speak of weapons. What weapons?
“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” Ephesians 6:10-18 (NLT)
It says I’m to make every thought obedient to Christ. What does Jesus say I am to think about? What am I to do?
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:6-9 (NIV)
As I fight with God’s strength to dwell on what is true, noble, right…. I can more easily remember God’s loving, powerful faithfulness to me in the past.
Remembering and dwelling on his past faithfulness strengthens me to come to him fully trusting he can do the same today, in this situation!
Let me close this week with “You Are Faithful”, by Carrollton:
This afternoon we head to the specialist. Thank you for your love, encouragement, and prayers. They, along with the reminders of the truth, have strengthened me more than I can say! Fear has been kept at bay – and I am so thankful to God, and to you!
With much love and gratitude,
p.s. You may also wish to read: Caution, Emotions At Play!