Fear chokes out freedom.
On the outside, your life may seem as perfect as it can be; but on the inside, there’s something holding you back from true life and freedom.
The struggle within you is seen by God. He knows the anxious thoughts that pass through your mind. It hurts His heart to see you fight fear.
Waking up to a growing feeling of panic and anxiety was a part of my freshman year of high school. The enemy tortured my mind. (Mental health cannot be ignored. Our thoughts affect every other aspect of our lives!) A fear of quietness and stomach noises held me in chains. I was praying for freedom, peace, and a breakthrough every day. The lies and fear of the enemy were affecting every decision I made. It limited the things I felt comfortable doing.
On the outside, others saw me handing out cards and cookies. They saw me with Impact Bible Study praying. My classmates associated me with joyful smiling.
My inward battle of fighting fear was not known to many of my peers.
We may try to hide our struggles with smiles, but God sees the real issues we are facing within.
Let me tell you why the enemy chooses to fight you so hard and so often.
1. You are the apple of God’s eye
God’s children are His most prized possessions. My youth pastor, Matt Hart, said the enemy attacks us, God’s children, because that’s the only way he can touch God. The devil knows it breaks God’s heart when humans don’t accept God’s gift of salvation.
2. Your calling does not just affect you
Your calling will impact millions of lives, and stir revival among the nations. Pastor Ben Prescott spoke about this at the Forward Conference.
3. The Power Source within you reminds the enemy of his destiny
God is taking back His people who were once lost. The enemy’s kingdom is temporary and forever shaken. When you lie down in peace and rise with joy, the devil knows God is on the move through you.
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” -Philippians 2:10-11
Here is a comforting thought for us: the enemy bows and confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord at the Name of Jesus!
God broke each chain that once held me captive. The enemy has no power over my life. God’s peace flows from my mind to my feet.
Brother or sister, you are not alone in this battle. I know it may be hard to believe, but today is the day for breakthrough and freedom!
Fighting fear does not mean your life is not right with God. Most likely, you are fighting fear because God is using your life to shake this World up for His glory. It is not a sin to be tempted to fear. It is a sin when, instead, we live in it.
In 2 Kings 5, Naaman received specific instructions to follow in order to be healed from leprosy. He was told to “wash himself in the Jordan River seven times before his flesh would be restored and cleansed.” (vs. 10)
Naaman was angry with the “prescription” he was given. He had expected Elisha to pray over his body and instantly be healed. (vs.11)
It is never God’s desire for you to live in fear or to suffer in any way. We face trials because the World we live in is fallen due to sin.
The process of being healed is not always how or when we think it will be, but, rather, in God’s timing and plans.
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” -Genesis 50:20
The trial you’re going through, whether it’s fighting fear or another battle, has already been won by God. You have victory through His blood and Name. I can promise you that God is using and will use this part of your testimony to uplift and speak life into others who are and who will be fighting the same battle.
What the enemy intends for evil, God uses for good. Good for you and countless other people as well!