Stop Fear in Its Tracks

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. 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).

Also:

  • 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)!

 

When Crisis Triggers Thoughts of Suicide

By PeggySue Wells:

 Crisis. A crisis your life may be the loss of a loved one, a serious illness, an addiction problem, a job change,  relocation, or divorce. Some crises are devastating, changing our lives forever. Others are stressful, but eventually bring beneficial outcomes. A crisis often causes us to start over.

No matter what, all crises can feel overwhelming.

Often the difference between dropping into a deep pit of despair–and for some, thoughts of suicide (because there seems to be no hope)–and pulling through is knowing this is a temporary trial. This has everything to do with the support we allow ourselves to receive.

Difficult times are a fact of life. You’ve probably already experienced your share. And the future likely holds additional challenges for you and those you love. Christ said:“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”” (John 16:33  NIV Bible).

 “God knows how to lead us to the point of crisis, and He knows how to lead us through it…There is no way out but God.”    L. B. Cowman

By definition a crisis is a turning point. People in crisis can feel helpless and desperate. They live on the edge of hopelessness, often feeling powerless to change their situation. The stress is paralyzing. A crisis can destroy someone or it can make them stronger. The turning point comes in how we face the crisis.

“Oh, how shall I find help within myself? The power to aid myself is put out of my reach.

“Devotion is due from his friends to one who despairs and loses faith in the Almighty.” 

Job 6:12-13 (New English Bible)

God promises His children that the crises in our lives will not destroy us. He will be there to comfort and carry us through difficult times. The Holy Spirit is also referred to as the Paraclete (from the Greek word parakletos) meaning the comforter who comes alongside to aid or support; the advocate. Even when crisis triggers thoughts of suicide.

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

“We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” II Corinthians 4:7-10 (NIV Bible)

Here is a video that may help you: