“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind: (11 Tim. 1-7).
Earlier this year I found myself in a hospital room with a dear friend who had gone through a very serious heart surgery. A wonderful nurse was also in the room seeing after his needs, and as she went about her duties she said to members of his family, “I know that you guys are feeling a lot of fear, but that is ok, it’s normal. Without thinking I quickly responded, “No, fear is not normal, and it’s not welcome in this room.” The nurse seemed somewhat taken back and responded, (in a good way) “If you were the one in that bed, you wouldn’t be saying that.’ There is a time to teach, and there is a time to be quiet, so I determined to hold my tongue and simply thank her for doing a great job. Too say the least, her response did not change my thoughts on the subject of fear, because the word of God is very clear on the subject of fear.
How about you, are you easily moved by your emotions and feelings? Is fear something that you have to constantly deal with? Do you worry a lot? Are you often anxious about the future? If you are honest with yourself would you have to admit that your mind dwells more on negatives than positives? If the answer is “Yes,” then God has a word of encouragement for you. He is not the author of fear! In fact, He is the exact opposite. Jesus, who watches over His word to perform it, (Jer. 1:12) is also the One who sends forth His Holy Spirit and mighty angels to make sure that His spoken word accomplishes what it was sent to do.
Jesus said to His disciples, “Fear not, for I have overcome the world” (John:16-33). Get the picture! Jesus is not still trying to conquer Satan’s dismal and powerless kingdom, He already has. Because of His great and triumphant victory, you can live free of fear, anxiety, and worry. Your part is to recognize that fear always comes from an evil spirit whose intent is to defeat and destroy your life. Satan is always looking for a place to pitch his tent and gain squatter’s rights in your mind. S0 —-
How do you defeat the enemy? With the power of the spoken Word; by speaking His promises that are “Yes” and “Amen” through Christ Jesus (11 Cor.1-20). Receive this truth! It is impossible for God’s word to fail when you declare His promises in faith. God’s word declares that you are above and not beneath; you are the head and not the tail; you are the Righteousness of God through Christ Jesus (11 Cor. 5:21). Speak and believe that you are who God says you are, not who the enemy says you are. Understand and accept that you were bought and paid for by the blood of the Lamb. There is immesurable power in the Blood Jesus shed at Cavary. His blood is in abundant supply, but your part is to make sure it is applied. You do that by speaking it and praying God’s promises. Speak them loudly and declare, “My God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.”
More on this subject next Friday Untill then, gurard your heart and tongue— speak life!