Breaking spirit of fear

 

Father,

 

Thank You that You are the Unmovable Rock of my salvation (Psalm 18:2) and are far greater than my anxious and quavering heart (1 John 3:20). You tell me over and again in Your Word, “Do not fear,” but I forget easily and allow my heart to be heavy and weighted down with worry (Luke 21:34). Yuck.

 
My emotions can be like the storms of the sea — tossing this way and that. Yet I remember that no matter what is within my own heart, You are greater (Isaiah 55:9). In the very depths of my own weakness, I bow before You knowing that somehow my weakness is the very thing that initiates Your power (2 Corinthians 12:9). My weakness releases Your power to descend in strength (2 Corinthians 12:10). You tell me that You must increase and that I must decrease (John 3:30). So maybe getting comfortable in my own weakness is the very prerequisite for watching Your strength kick in (2 Corinthians 11:30). Selah.

 
Spirit of fear, you have no place in my life because anxiety never originates in God (2 Timothy 1:7). Jesus has given me all authority over the spirit of fear and your henchmen of despair, hopelessness, and worry (Luke 10:19; Mark 16:17-18).

 
Father, bind up the evil one as he calls the rulers of darkness onto the court of my mind and emotions. Thank You Lord for giving Your angels charge concerning me, to guard me in all my ways (Psalm 91:11). Thank You for sending out Your heavenly warriors as ministering spirits to help me in this area (Hebrews 1:14). Your invisible messengers bear me up every time I am about to trip (Psalm 91:12). Grant me boldness in prayer to tread upon the lion of doubt and the serpent of anxiety, treading them down until they are dust under my feet (Psalm 91:13; Psalm 18:37-42).

 
Grant me a glimpse of You each and every day, Lord (Psalm 17:15; 1 John 3:3). As You reveal Yourself, my focus will be riveted to Your splendor and fixed upon Your glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). May my eyes become so accustomed to seeing You that all else is undecipherable. Seeing You, the God of all peace, is the best way to know peace (2 Thessalonians 3:16). In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

 

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distractions

 

I wonder if you know how truly valuable you are? Unseen forces above and below haggle over your life.

 

This should come as no surprise. The evil one knows that if he keeps you unsettled, all your heavenly resources lie unrealized. His object is to keep your mind and emotions distracted away from Christ and thus unproductive.

 

Busyness, anxiety, and entertainments “draw us away in differing directions.” In fact, this is the very definition used for the word “worries” in the parable of the sower. “And the worries of the world…enter in and choke the Word, and it (the Word) becomes unfruitful” (Mark 4:19). Aren’t we constantly drawn away in different directions?

 

Like a restless bee seeking the next drop of nectar, our minds buzz from one diversion to the next. Unsettled and uneasy, we are seduced into thinking our racing thoughts are natural and reasonable. After all, we do not alight on that which is blatantly evil.

 

Yet, when we willingly allow our thoughts to be sidetracked, we climb onto a self-inflicted rack of torture. More deadly than we realize, we voluntarily submit our mind and emotions to satan’s diversions. Thus, positioning our emotions for fear and dislocating our focus into anxiety.

 

The evil one whispers that we have no choice. This frenzied and feverish pace is simply our lot in life. But “what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul” (Mark 8:36)? We’ve stopped fixing our eyes on the glorious image of the Divine and settled for the false image of the world (Psalm 106:20). When we excuse our diverted lifestyle, we too have “exchanged the truth of God for a lie” (Romans 1:25), for “whatever is not from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).

 

Oh my precious. Although the battle still rages against your soul, “you have been bought with a great price” (1 Corinthians 6:20). The Holy exchange has been made. “He made Him Who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Because His life is now yours, the peace of God stands ready to protect your heart and mind with a holy, military guard from all hostile invasion (Philippians 4:5-7).

 

The question remains: will you believe? Will you set your mind daily on things above, not the things of this world (Colossians 3:2)? Will you take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5)? Will it be done to you according to your faith or according to your doubt (Matthew 9:29)?

 

The choice is up to you.