“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid.” Psalm 56:3-4
Roller coasters? Psh. Clowns? No biggy. Cliffs? Let’s go jump off one now. But when it comes to scary movies, it’s not even questionable. The before, during, and aftermath of a scary movie destroys me and I can not, WILL not, sit through one.
But a fear much deeper than a paranormal movie has made it’s home within me and has caused a restless soul and worried thoughts. I’ve become so overwhelmed with questions and planning of my future. I have no clue what I want to do when I grow up and that completely terrifys me. But PRAISE because in this time the Lord has spoken to me through friends, Sunday School lessons, and car rides assuring me that it’s okay.
But still within I am frustrated and irritated. Continuous worry. Up-all-night anxiety. Worst-case scenarios the only scenarios I can think of. Why am I feeling so paralyzed like this?
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Scripture makes it clear that fear is not from the Lord. 2nd Timothy 1:7 states plainly that God does not give us a spirit of fear. So when I am feeling this “spirit of fear” taking over, I can know it’s not coming from the Lord. God tells His people in many shapes and forms, all throughout the Bible, “Do not be afraid.” The enemy is the one telling me “Be afraid.”
If the enemy is working hard to keep me from going forward, then there must be some blessing or beauty from heaven he is trying to redirect me from. That’s not cool and I’m not having it, especially from him.
These worries are not just random thoughts, but strategies of the enemy to derail me from everything God wants to give me. And the way to fight back is to have strategies of your own–intentional prayer and time in the Word.
The enemy is always looking for opportunities to sneak in to aggravate those concerns of ours so that they keep us up at night and from thinking clearly. But God wants in, too–to hear our cries, reassure us of His promises, and give us what we need for walking steadily His direction.
So get a load of that, Satan. My God has far outranked you.