I know I have written about fear quite a bit lately, that’s because it is what I see on the face of most people I encounter daily.
I was thinking about this today when God reminded me of something He said to me a little over a year ago.
Upon waking early one morning, He said these words, “The devil needs fear to operate in your life in the same way I need faith to operate in your life.”
I didn’t think a lot of it other than, “Wow, that’s good!” I went about my day.
Throughout that day, every few hours, I would hear the same words. “The devil needs fear to operate in your life in the same way I need faith to operate in your life.”
I knew God was revealing something to me, however, I did not yet know why.
Later that day, my grandson had an accident. He accidently hit the ignite button on a grill. The grill had gas trapped in the lines. He leaned down to smell for propane at the same time he accidently hit the ignite button. The grill blew up in his face.
We thought he had just burned his nose because there were only a few visible signs of burns on him. Still, we took him to the hospital because he said he was in pain.
We expected them to give him burn cream and send him home. Instead, after mere moments at the hospital we were informed he had extensive damage inside his nose, throat and lungs. We were told he had to have an iv because he could stop breathing at any moment. We were told he had a 50/50 chance of survival. The doctor called an ambulance to have him transferred to the burn unit at the closest Children’s Hospital.
Breanne and I looked at each other in shock. Then, those words came back to me. “The devil needs fear to operate in your life in the same way I need faith to operate in your life.
Aha, so that’s what He meant. How faithful is our God to prepare us ahead of time.
That moment, I decided, no matter what I heard or saw, I would not fear. I don’t know how many times that night I said to myself, “I refuse fear.”
I refused to give the devil anything he could use to operate in my life or the life of my grandson.
John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace, I give to you, not as the world gives do I give you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
That day I realized I had a decision to make. I could allow the enemy to work in my life by getting into fear…or I could remain in faith and God would work in the situation.
In a situation where our first instinct is fear, is it even possible to remain in faith? YES! Absolutely yes! How? It’s a choice. We must choose to believe God is a good God and He is faithful. We must know if He brought us to it, He will bring us through it. He will empower us to remain in faith.
Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
God has made us firm promises. He does not lie. If He said it, He will do it. And He said, when you can’t hold yourself up, I will hold you up with my righteous right hand. He has said He would strengthen us. He will help us. Oh, how I love that!
Much of that type of trust comes through knowing He loves us. Do you know how much He loves you today? 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love ,but perfect love casts out all fear, because fear involves torment.”
If we know the immensity of God’s love for us and our family, we will not fear. And if we do not fear, the enemy has nothing to work with.
Today, the enemy is spewing fear out of every outlet – daily, more and more people are walking in fear. Fear of a virus. Fear of being vaccinated or not being vaccinated. Fear of doing something as simple as going to the store. Fear of losing their job or their lives. Fear is NOT OF GOD. GOD HAS NOT GIVEN US A SPIRIT OF FEAR.
Why is the devil promoting fear so strongly? Because he needs fear to be able to work in your life. Fear opens the door to the enemy. Let’s purpose in our heart to keep our mind on God and refuse fear. Let’s instead, continue to walk in faith, knowing God will not fail us. It’s a choice; choose faith over fear. In doing so, we can be confident God is at work on your behalf.
Appoint My Days
Lord, I thank You that me and my family will flourish in every area. My finances, my health, my relationships, my work, my spiritual life are all flourishing because of You. My husband will grow in his business, have flourishing relationships and walk in perfect health. Our children