By Pat Ennis:
Don’t underestimate how claiming scripture can stop fear in its tracks.
I pray that my previous post Stopping Fear Syndrome helped remind you that God’s Word is sufficient to override your fears. Are you ready for a follow-up antidote and scriptures to help you stop fear in its tracks?
My past post described the impotence of an old kind lion. Yet scripture teaches this about your enemy:
The devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. (1 Peter 5:8-9)
To resist him, choose to live according to the truth of God’s Word (2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Ephesians 6:17).
As you obey God’s Word, fear is dispelled, because Jesus defeated Satan on the cross thus stripping him of his power and leaving him with a frightening, but harmless, roar (John 12:23-33; Colossians 2:11-15; Hebrews 2:14-15).
If you are going to refuse to succumb to Satan’s impotent roar you must replace fear with God’s Word (Psalm 119:11; Ephesians 6:10-20). Begin today by memorizing and meditating upon these truths:
- God is with you and will keep you wherever you go (Genesis 28:15).
- You should not fear or be dismayed for the Lord goes before you; He will not leave you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6, 8).
- When God calls you into a difficult situation, you are to recall that the battle is not yours, but His (2 Chronicles 20:15).
- When you are protected by your Savior’s rod and staff you do not need to fear any potentially threatening environment—even death (Psalm 23:4).
- Because the Lord is your light, salvation, and the strength of your life you have no need to fear (Psalm 27:1).
- When you are afraid you are to trust in God—an act of the will, not the emotions (Psalm 56:3-4).
- No person can subvert God’s protection of you (Psalm 56:11).
- God has provided an intimate place of divine protection for you (Psalm 91:1-7).
- The peace that your heavenly Father gives provides comfort in the midst of turmoil (John 14:27).
- Spiritual resources, seeking the welfare of others rather than your own, and a properly prioritized mind, not a spirit of fear, is a gift from your heavenly Father (2 Timothy 1:7).
Because I spent too many years of the precious life my heavenly Father gave me wallowing in fear, I can speak with confidence that it is only God’s Word that can replace fear with a hope for the future (Jeremiah 29:11-13). It was a miraculous day when I chose to allow trust in my heavenly Father to be my reflex response when faced with fear (Psalm 56:3, 11). That was the day that I learned how to stop fear in its tracks! It is my fervent prayer that you will do likewise (Philippians 1:6)!