Fear is something that I have struggled with for a very long time. As a little girl I suffered with nightmares and sleepless nights. When I was in college my fears caused severe anxiety and insomnia for years. As a mom I worry about my children.
In recent years my fears have tried to overwhelm me and my children. You see, I was married to an abuser. He abused me and my children on a daily basis. It was a terrible time in our lives and we are still working on healing. When you live through abuse you live daily with crippling fear. And that’s no way for anyone to live! That dark time really opened my eyes to the truth about the enemy of our souls: he wants us to live in fear.
Why The Enemy Wants You to Live in Fear
Satan knows that if he can make you afraid, he can render you ineffective for the kingdom of God. Think about it for a second. Fear sent Jonah running in the opposite direction when God told him to go to Nineveh. Fear had Gideon hiding in a wine press. Fear had an entire army of Israelites shaking in their boots over Goliath. Fear almost made Joseph divorce Mary.
Each of us has a job to do here on earth. And Satan knows who is going to be bad for his business. So he attacks you.
If you are struggling with fear, know that the enemy wants you to stay there. He doesn’t want you to fulfill your God-given calling. He doesn’t want you caring for your family, praying for another young mom, or serving in ministry.
Here’s what I’ve learned: Fear doesn’t have to control you! You are a mighty woman of valor. You are a warrior!
Wake up every day, look your beautiful self in the mirror and say: I am a warrior! Say it until you believe it. And then let the devil know his days are numbered!
What God Has to Say about Your Fears
I remember as a child going to my mom and asking for something that I knew wasn’t going to fly. I would then start to appeal with, “But my friend can do it!” My mom always had the same response: “What’s their last name? What’s your last name? You are an Edwards and we don’t do that.”
Did you ever try that with your parents?
As a young child I learned what I could do and could not do based on who I was. Do you know that you are a daughter of the King? Do you know what that means?
- You are the head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13).
- You are bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20).
- You are a child of God (John:1:12).
God is our heavenly father. We can go to Him with anything and He will hear us and take care of us. Being a child of God also means that you have access to great power:
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19 KJV)
God has given us the power to defeat the devil and anything he throws at us. I love the last part of that verse: Nothing shall by any means hurt you! Not your fears, worries, or anxieties! Nothing!
Taking Fearful Thoughts Captive
The Bible tells us that we are to take every thought captive. For a long time I had no idea what that meant or what it looked like. I have learned that it simply means pointing those negative thoughts to God.
How do you do this?
By replacing them with truth and keeping your focus on God.
When your mind or situation starts to tell you that you are all alone and you are not going to make it, tell yourself, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil because God is with me.”
Yes I want you to talk to yourself. Out loud. Even if other people can hear you. Don’t worry about it. If they can hear you that means so can the devil!
As you read your bible there will be a verse or verses that really speak to you. Collect those somehow. Write them in a journal or on an index card and keep it with you. When those thoughts of fear and dread creep over you, pull out your verses and put a stop to them. Speak the Truth over yourself. Resist the devil and he will flee!
You don’t have to live a life full of fear!