There is a thief among us; crafty and cunning.
He is not that strong really,
but has a persistent vision and goal – to steal all the good he can from us until the day we will discover him and when you do, you will have to stop him or else he will continue with the stealing. What it’s name – fear.
Among the things it steals, peace has got to be the most precious.
Peace. When we fear, we automatically will lose peace. Over the weekend we went for a team building event which was at a camping site meaning we slept outside surrounded by trees and bushes. Now the whole place is surrounded by an electric fence, but for me that was not enough for I feared a lion or a leopard would come into our tent and eat us! I know this sounds hilarious but the fear was so strong in me that i could not stop talking about how worried i am that we might be eaten and I just couldn’t sleep. My ‘tent’ mate had to talk to me to relax amidst me moving around the tent making sure there we no snakes under the bed😂. She reminded me something, “Grace we prayed before we started the trip, have faith in God and sleep!” and then finally she requested, “can we switch off the lights?” of which I didn’t want to but I had to agree. It became easy though because of these words, ‘have faith in God.’ I had to pray myself to sleep though and God is good I slept😊
I know of a group, as they were travelling to Mombasa, one of the members could not sleep in the bus. Why? She feared they would have an accident. She lacked peace and so was tormented the whole trip.
Have you ever been tormented by fear? Do you think you should be in that position? Do you think God likes you in that state of torment and lacking in peace? No. He doesn’t. He wants us to be free of all bondages and one of those is a bondage called fear.
I have so far learnt that there is fear brought about by wisdom. That kind though does not torment us, it’s to help us. E.g it is normal to fear the touch of fire because it will burn you(wisdom). But there is a fear that torments, that steals away peace, joy even blessings. Jesus speaks about in 2 timothy 1:7
He reminds us that we do not have a spirit of fear rather the spirit of power, love and self control.
From that scripture, I feel, He reminds or rather wants us to know that fear is a foreigner, and an intruder not of Him but clearly of the rulers the world.
The last three words also go to show that fear is not a small thing to be tolerated but something to be fought and stopped once discovered. It is a power that if not stopped can over power us.
Do we have the power to stop fear? Yes. How?
1).Be careful of what you watch. The devil will use any opportunity to invade you. Example: there are people who after watching horror movies they have nightmares and lack sleep why? The devil is using the images from movies to cause nightmares. The devil can magnify things to scare us. To make us fearful. He will use the images we allow to occupy our minds.
2).Be careful what you listen to and even if you have to listen, then sieve what needs to stay and what needs to leave your mind and heart. By the Spirit of wisdom given by God, get to know what to take in and what to throw away. The devil uses words to destroy us too. Some words bring about a fear of people. Test those words with the word of God and you will over come!! Focus on powerful words, life giving words e.g. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
3).Know God. Know and have a relationship with He who says He didn’t give us a Spirit of fear but of power, love and self control. Speak to God about your fears and in turn He will give you His courage. Always invite God when you feel fearful…he will answer. Call unto me and I will answer you(Jeremiah 33:3) This has worked for me and still does. He can reveal why we feel the fearful and even how to stop it. What an awesome God we serve!!!👏👏
4).Make a conscious decision to challenge fear with faith. The battle will not be easy but by the power of the (Spirit God)we are victorious. Not by might, nor by power but by the Spirit of God. That is what the bible reminds us.
To have peace and to have an attitude of courage, we will have to decide to want these things, which is for our own good. Just as it is a conscious decision to eat well so as to stay healthy so, should it be a conscious decision to overcome fear with faith. And as we reap the benefits of eating healthy, so do we reap the benefits of faith – among them is peace and courage.
5). Finally, seek deliverance if the torments persist. Call unto the blood of Jesus to destroy this foreigner. Bind and cast it out in the name of Jesus. Seek healing of the inner man😊 from memories and events that give the devil power to attack through fear.
We are victorious through Jesus Christ.
Always remember God is faithful. ❤❤😊🙏
God bless you.