2 Timothy 1:7. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
If we ever needed to come against fear, it’s right now in the world we live in. Fear is attempting to take over everything and it demands full control. The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but the Lord has come to give us a rich and satisfying life (ref. John 10:10). Our world appears dark and grim. Turning on the news is enough to send you down a frenzy of panic. Do you think this is how disciples of Christ should be living, also?
Absolutely not. Yet, I see many “Christians” trusting in the government over God and living in fear and seclusion like the world. In John 8:12, Jesus tells us He is the light of the world and if we follow Him, we won’t have to walk in darkness. Now here is where true disciples come into play. Any of us can read the Word, think it sounds good, and go on about our day hoping God swoops in like a magical genie to make everything alright. But that’s not how it works. We have a huge part to play in God’s hand moving in our lives and nation. We are instructed to armor up and to pray in the Spirit on all occasions. We are told to fight the good fight of faith.
We have a very real enemy who would love nothing more than to paralyze us with fear and make us think we are going down with the rest of the world. But take a look at Psalm 91 with me:
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the LORD:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.
If you make the LORD your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”
As you can see, we can live in God’s supernatural protection… IF we make the Lord our refuge, if we love Him and trust in His name. He sends His angels to keep charge over us. We have the angel armies on our side if we will choose to access it. We have a part to play in the outcome of our lives. Do not listen to the spirit of fear; rebuke it and it shall flee. Make the Lord your dwelling place and choose to trust God over what you see and even feel at times. Fear can only lie and as we see in 2 Timothy, it is not of God.
I encourage you to focus on and proclaim only the things of the Lord and watch how the darkness has to flee in Jesus name!!! If you feel fear and it goes against the Word of God, cast it down and find the opposing promise from the Lord and begin to speak that out often. The Lord’s Word does not come back void and cannot be stopped by any enemy we have. Any fear you experience is just a lie from the pit of hell to try and stop you from experiencing all God has for you. So pick up your mat and walk!
Hannah Smith, author of the Moving Mountains blog, is a woman who feels she has experienced a lot of life in her 30 years.
At 19 years old, Hannah joined the Army. After moving around the country, getting a divorce and losing what seemed like everything, she landed back where God wanted her in Ohio, even though she fought the whole way. She is now in charge of the prayer team at her church and seeks the Lord with all she’s got.
Hannah is married and a RN, but works as a stay-at-home mom to her daughter, Isabella, and her son, Grayson.
She loves to hike, travel, drink coffee, and talk about Jesus. Hannah also has a heart to create a home and life in which she can be a safe place for the hurting and the broken.
To her readers, Hannah says, “I believe that God set every single one of you reading this apart, for such a time as this. It is my hope and prayer that God would use the words I say to change your life in a way you and I never thought possible!”