Yep, Its a Battle
Are you seeing some ties in this week’s entries back to last week’s entries? I hope so. When we are fighting not to be fearful, we are definitely doing battle.
Wielding the Sword of the Spirit
In the illustration about me waiting for my son to come home, did you see any armor being used? Of course, you did! The Sword of the Spirit, right?
Today, I want to share some powerful verses that have helped me during times of battling fear.
- Say them out loud
- memorize them
- post them on your fridge, bathroom mirror, on your computer screen frame – be creative
- say them out loud before you go to seep
Let’s learn to wield our swords effectively. We can only do this with the Holy Spirit’s help and I am not Him! But having some “go to” verses has helped me so much. So I just want to share them with you.
Please read each verse slowly and get what the writer is saying.
The best thing about using our Swords is most of the time we are talking to and counsel ourselves at the same time. So we are growing in our knowledge of God on all sides.
Hebrews 4:12 NIV
“For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
God’s Word is so powerful. Learning to let God’s Word be so much in our hearts that we actually do not have to go look up that verse makes us so much more battle-ready. Instead of feeling like we have only fended off fear, we can actually stop it before it ever gets started. We can win over fear with God’s Word and God’s help.
Outnumbered and Overwhelmed
When fear comes calling, we can be ready to whip that Sword of the Spirit out and show it that it is outnumbered and overwhelmed. God will be mighty in us – with His Spirit in our hearts and His Word on our lips. Once we learn how to stop fear before it gets a grip on us, the battles are usually shorter and just more winnable.
Never Not Afraid
There was a time, back when my children were very small, that fear had me in its grips so tightly that I literally would not stand up in my family room at night. David had just gone on nightshift and was leaving at 6:30 in the evening and in my head everyone in our neighborhood saw him leave for a 12 hours shift. I was never not afraid. Sounds crazy, I know.
That is when God led me to 2 Corinthians 10:5. He taught me that I had a choice in the situation. He taught me that we, as Christians, do not have to cower before Satan and fear. We are more than conquerors in Christ. We must learn to control our thinking and not let fear run away with our thoughts – think about the illustration from yesterday. Our thoughts can run absolutely wild and at that point, we are actually helping Satan beat us up. But we do not have to let him beat us and we certainly do not have to help him beat us!
“Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you, you need only to be still.”
And the Red Sea closed in on them where they stood.
“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in all the earth.”
“Cast all your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”
Along with these are many that I have shared in the past few days and in previous devotionals. These are links you can click to go to that post.
When You Are Afraid – Psalm 56:3; Jeremiah 29:12-13
World of Trouble – John 16:33; Psalm 91:1-2
Not in Fear, But in Faith – 2 Timothy 1:7; Deuteronomy 31:6
Older Entries you may want to take time and read.
Controlling Our Thoughts – 2 Corinthians 10:5
Decompression – Philippians 4:4-7
Anxiety Buster – Philippians 4:5b-6
Overflowing with Hope – Romans 15:13
Spotlight – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Safe in the Yoke – James 1:13-15; Matthew 11:28-30
Real Peace – Isaiah 26:3
Short and Sweet
Today’s devotional has definitely been shorter and hopefully sweet. I wanted to leave you time to go back and look at least the verses from the last few days anyway.
Into the Day We Go!
My prayer for us today is that we be truly grateful for God’s Word and all He has given us and that we hide His Word in our hearts so that we can wield our swords well when we need to, by the power of the Holy Spirit. May our main goal in this life be to bring Him glory.