Wednesday, November 25, 2015

No more fear!

I'm not sure when it happened, but over the course of the year and half that I've been married I've became very fearful. The smallest of things send a whole wave of anxiety and fear through me that takes a whole army of reassurance from my mom and husband to calm me down.

I was never like this growing up. If something happened, I was the person who would usually just shrug it off.

Now, my mind now is like an irrational medical encyclopedia or news station. I get a paper-cut and somehow convince myself that I am going to suffer from some rare undiscovered incurable disease. It's completely ridiculous and y'all, i'm so tired of it! The world is a scary place but there is no reason to fear like this!

Okay, so I do realize that I am legitimately on my own for the first time so there is a bit of uncertainty that naturally comes along with the independence. However, sometimes this fear becomes almost debilitating, I can only believe that majority of this is the work of evil one through my vulnerability.

John 10:10 says "The thief comes to STEAL, KILL and DESTROY" (NIV)

This fear that I get is not of God.

2 Timothy 1:7 says "for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control" (ESV)

I saw the movie War Room, when it came out, and have been so inspired to begin praying warfare prayers and what a great place to start. (If you haven't seen the movie GO SEE IT!!!!)

I have always been told that it takes 30 days to make a habit. So I am going to take the last part of month of November until Christmas to fight these lies and make a habit of proclaiming HIS truth into my life. I no longer want to be fearful and worrisome, but strong and courageous!

Acts 1:8 states, when we accept Jesus into our hearts, we possess His power through His Holy Spirit. It is through this power that we are able to move mountains (Matthew 7:20, Ephesians 3:20). 

James 4:7 says "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you!"

Just by proclaiming the name of Jesus, the evil one flees! That is how powerful He is! His name alone makes the demons shutter (James 2:19). And guess what?! With the Holy Spirit in us, we have that power!  

So my goal is to proclaim, in the name of Jesus, and pray one of these verses daily. To not only make it a habit but a firm belief in the freeing truth of the Lord. I believe that in doing this we are putting on our protective armor (Ephesians 6:10-18) to fight the lies of the evil one that we may allow ourselves to listen too. I believe that when we proclaim scripture in our hearts we are strengthening our spiritual sword to fight with! The more truth we have instilled on our hearts, the mightier our armor will be in battle!

So if you are perhaps in a similar boat that I am in, I challenge you to do this with me! For 30 days, pray over, write down and keep with you one of these verses. When we start to feel those pangs of fear, doubt, worry or anxiety we will have our weapon and comfort of His mighty truth and love with us. We will be strong to not let the lies of the evil one seep in exacerbating our thoughts in whatever situation.

Below are the 30 verses:
(I highlighted in bold all the phrases that mentioned a version of fear. I italicized phrases that reaffirmed God's presence in our lives. I underlined the encouraging actions of what God will do on our behalf.) 

1. "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today." - Exodus 14:13

2. "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you" - Deuteronomy 31:6

3. "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will  never leave nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." - Deuteronomy 31:8

4. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." -Joshua 1:9

5. "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." -Psalm 23:4

6. "The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?" - Psalm 27:1

7. "I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears." -Psalm 34:4

8. "When I am afraid, I will trust you." -Psalm 56:3

9. "In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?" - Psalm 56:4

10. "He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence (disease) that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday." -Psalm 91:4-6

11. "He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord." -Psalm 112:7

12." Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you." -Isaiah 35:4

13. "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." - Isaiah 41:10

14. "For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." -Isaiah 41:13

15." Do not tremble, do not be afraid.  Did I not proclaim this and foretell is long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one," - Isaiah 44:8

16. "I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mortal men, the sons of men, who are but grass." -Isaiah 51:12

17. " Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you." -Jeremiah 1:8

18. "The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. The sorrows for the appointed feasts I will remove from you; they are a burden and reproach to you. At that time I will deal with all who oppressed you; I will rescue the lame and gather those who have been scattered. I will give them praise and honor in every land where they were put to shame. At that time I will gather you; at that time I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes." -Zephaniah 3:17-20

19. "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble its own." -Matthew 6:34

20. "So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." - Matthew 10:31

21. "Do not be afraid; just believe." -Mark 5:36

22. "To rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days." - Luke 1:74-75

23. "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom." -Luke 12:32

24. "When they had rowed three or three and a half miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water and they were terrified. But he said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid.""
- John 6:19-20

25. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world give. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." - John14:27

26. "Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city." - Acts 18:9

27. "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:38

28. "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."- 2 Timothy 1:7

29. "So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" - Hebrews 13:6

30. "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." - 1 John 4:18

God Bless,