Dealing with Fear
Wisdom from the Tuesday Ladies Bible Study
If we allow it, our fears and anxieties can launch a coup for control of our minds. The imagery brought forward at the ladies bible study was that of an old tape recorder or video player that keeps replaying the same images and messages over and over, even when you want them to go away. “What is going to happen?” stories, and, “What if?” questions plague the mind and can rob us of the peace the bible promises for God’s children.
We do not want to just hit the stop button; we want to outright delete these plaguing fears.
The biblical antidote for this assault on our mind starts with the last half of 2 Corinthians 10:5, “…take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.” It is not enough to pray that God would relieve you of those fears; we need to stand against them. We take captive, and we make them obedient to Christ. We seize any thought that goes against the knowledge of God by the throat, cast it to the ground and stomp on its head. Okay, I am embellishing a little to make the point that we forcefully do this. We refuse to allow these thoughts entry into our heart. And if they already have gained access, the first part of 2 Corinthinans 5 comes into effect; “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.” This is the removal of strongholds. We do this with weapons of divine power; prayer and the speaking of God’s truth against those lies in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Once this is accomplished, we need to fill the space created by the removal of fears and anxiety with the presence of God and the truth of the Word. Reading it, studying it, memorizing it, speaking it out over your life. Praying it into the situation you previously found yourself fearful over. The time you wasted worrying over something, dedicate that time to praise and worship.
Great wisdom from our great ladies!
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God bless all of you this week!
Pastor Ken (currently coming to you from the land of 74.9 cents per litre gas!)