Proverbs 19:23 - The fear of the LORD [tendeth] to life: and [he that hath it] shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
New King James Version (NKJV)
15 My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me.
English Standard Version (ESV)
15 My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
Amplified Bible (AMP)
15 My times are in Your hands; deliver me from the hands of my foes and those who pursue me and persecute me.
Fear is a horrible thing because it brings great torment to our minds. Fear is what satan uses to try to control us. If he can slip into our thinking with fear, he can literally get us to a place we cannot even leave our homes for fear of what could happen to us if we leave what we feel is a secure sanctuary.
Fear will kill you if you let it. Fear causes stress, disease, and even mental illness. How do we overcome fear? How do we live fearless lives? How do we live filled with peace everyday of our lives? Let us look at what God says about freedom from fear!
Notice in the verse from John 14, Jesus tells us to not let our hearts be troubled (fearful, anxious). This tells us WE have the power through the Holy Spirit to control fear. When my children were younger, they would ask me if I would let them spend the night with a friend or if they could do other various things. I had to give permission to my children for them to know I was letting them or allowing them to do what they were asking to do. When we “let” something happen, we have given permission or allowed something to take place.
Many times fear will come knocking on the door of my mind, and if I don’t guard my thoughts as the Bible tells me to, I will inadvertently allow that thought to come in and bring great trepidation with it. Let me give you an example. My husband is a federal agent. When the government shut down recently my husband was furloughed. I began to really read the news, watch the news, and pay close attention to articles in special news magazines. I noticed the more I did this, the more my mind became anxious! I began to pray less, and I began to think more on the state of our country and how hopeless it seemed. Needless to say, this was not building me up in my “most holy faith”, as God’s word tells us to do!
I went to the doctor during this time and got some blood work back that unnerved me as well. I had been having symptoms of what the blood work indicated and when I saw the results were positive I was a bit upset. I went from being a bit upset to being full blown afraid!! Let me tell you, when fear comes on you it is more than a little disturbing! If you have ever been panic stricken, you know it is literally tormenting! You feel completely out of control and hopeless. This is in no way God! What has happened? We have allowed fear to oppress us, unknowingly, yet still very effectively!
You must never forget God tells us fear is a spirit! It says in Ephesians 6:12, For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. Our battle is not a physical battle. I cannot pick up a gun and shoot satan and then say, ‘Well, that takes care of that’. I have to pray, seek God’s word, and stand on His promises to defeat fear and bring faith back on the scene of my mind and life!
In order to defeat your enemy, you have to know who the enemy is! When we were in the Korean war, our soldiers were not sent to England to fight it. Remember people are not your enemy! The enemy is the devil! Love the person, but pray for the area the enemy has accessed to oppress and even use them to bring fear into our lives! Fight on the right battleground, which is in the Spirit!
During the Korean war, our soldiers didn’t wear the fatigues they wore in “Operation Desert Storm“. When our soldiers fought in “Desert Storm”, they wore khaki and brown fatigues because their fatigues had to match the terrain in which they were fighting. Had we sent our soldiers out wearing the green fatigues they had to wear in Korea, they would have been sitting ducks! Our military had to have a strategy to protect our men and women during that war, and to win the war. It is the same with the battle that rages in the realm of the spirit. God tells us to put on the full armor of God to win against satan in Ephesians 6:10-20! God will give you scriptures to stand on, tell you what to pray as you ought, and He will give you instructions on how to overcome if we will take the time to listen. God will give you the strategy for victory every time!
I had defeated by the blood of Jesus and the word of God a spirit of fear years ago, but I had through feeding on the news more than the word allowed, without realizing it, the fear to creep back in. God reminded me to pick my scriptures on fear back up and CONFESS them daily! I was to plead the blood of Jesus against fear, and I was to guard my mind concerning the news. I was to stay informed, but to pray instead of fretting. God did not want me to have more secular news coming into my mind instead of the “good news” of His word! More word, more power! Balance is a very important thing, and I had gotten out of balance in this area!
Here are scriptures God gave me to stand on and meditate on when fear would try to overtake me. Pray these scriptures, think on them instead of what is trying to scare you or bring anxiety to you! These verses will bring you great peace because God tells us His word is alive and it performs what He has sent it to do and will not return to Him void (without having a full effect)! I also make certain confessions where these are concerned and I will list those after the verses as well. God bless you, precious reader, as you apply them to your own life!
Amplified Bible (AMP)
He who [a]dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!
3 For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
4 [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.
8 Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,
10 There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.
11 For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service].
12 They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot.
14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.
1. I will face the day with joy and not dread for I am hidden by God from disaster and evil…Verse 1
2. I am healed, whole, and healthy because no evil shall befall me nor any plague (in the Hebrew, plague translates ‘disease’) shall come nigh my dwelling (translates ‘body’)! verse 10…What isn’t from God is from the enemy and God wants me well, therefore when symptoms ATTACK me, it isn’t coming from God! God would never attack me! The devil wants me sick, not God!! My body functions to perfection!
3. I am protected at all times! Verses 7-16
4. I will live and live well until I am satisfied! Verse 16 and 3 John 1:2
5. Good things are coming to me ALL the days of my life, not bad, and I will be satisfied with my life! Verse 16 and Psalm 23:6
6. I do not fear or dread bad news. Psalm 112:7
7. All my needs are met. I do not lack any good thing! Psalm 34:10, 3 John 1:2
8. I live in the blessing of God…My life is not cursed because Jesus took the curse for me! Deuteronomy 28:2, Galations 3:13
9. No known or secret thing shall reign in my life for God vindicates and keeps me from enemies’ evil tactics! Isaiah 54:17
10. I can do all things! No challenge today will cause me stress or make me give up! God will show me how to do what I could not have done on my own! Phillipians 4:13
11. I am God’s favored, therefore I can walk in confidence knowing good things are coming to me no matter what the circumstances look like! Psalm 5:12
King James Version (KJV)
21 … for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Last night, hubby and I were talking about what our day would consist of today. Our house is on the market, and we had a showing at 10 a.m.. We decided to eat breakfast and have some hubby/wife time. As I sat and thought about it, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Take tomorrow and pray together on purpose”. Now we have our prayer time, but I had never heard the Lord put it this way.
When we got back home from breakfast, we went straight into united prayer. We first talked about things we wanted to agree on, things that had been on both of our hearts and then hubby sat in his chair and I sat on the couch and our prayer time began. I soon began to walk. I would pray in the Spirit for a time and then in English for a time.
Many times after praying in the Spirit I don’t remember all of the interpretations, I only remember bits and pieces. Today, what I remember was confirmed in my routine of the day. I remember the Lord said this year every day would be like Christmas for me. I didn’t understand what God meant at the time. I didn’t know He would fully explain it later. He also told me to speak peace to my family and to my home. I did what He said. He began to tell me how Jesus is the “Prince of Peace” and He expounded on that for a bit.
My husband and I finished the prayer time and went on with the day. I had to go to the grocery store and pick up an item for supper. I live in a small town. We only have two grocery stores and one is fairly small. Compared with the other store, it is very small. The reason I say this is because I found a treasure there, in the most unlikely place. Our steps are truly ordered of the Lord, even in small ways as going to a market.
My daughter loves the commercial that has the camel that says, “It’s huuuuuump dayyyyy”. After I had picked up my one item, I was going to pay for it and I saw a t-shirt with this phrase and the picture of a camel on it. I decided to buy it for her. They only had one left, and it was the wrong size. Had it not been for that shirt, I would never have looked at this section of the grocery store. As I started toward the registers again, I saw a rack of books. What caught my eye was the title of one particular book. The title of this book is “Living Christmas Every Day”.
I could not believe my eyes! “Christmas Every Day” jumped out at me! It was exactly one of the things the Lord had spoken to me during our prayer time! I picked the book up, and when I opened it there was the next thing God had spoken to me! The subtitle was “The Prince of Peace“! That was the second thing God had told me during our prayer time. Yes, God fully had my attention at this point! Needless to say, I purchased the book!
When I got home, I could not wait to see what this book had to say about Christmas and peace! It is a daily devotional, that compares every day with Christmas. As I read, the author began to explain certain special things that take place at Christmas time. Families come together and enjoy one another, people visit the sick and elderly and give gifts they would not have had otherwise, and organizations buy toys and food items and give them to charities. But what if we did these things year round, not just one short time a year? Then every day would be like Christmas!
The author wrote, “The homeless would never feel alone and alienated by their unfortunate circumstances. The elderly would cease to feel that they no longer have a purpose in this world. Disputes between neighbors would be offset by kind deeds and words of appreciation. Families would come together more often to express their love and devotion to one another. Dear friend, isn’t that what life should be like?” I now knew, God had not meant that I would have an unexpected gift or blessing every day for the next year, but I would be the giver every day for 2014! A year of ‘paying it forward‘.
I saw a saying today that said, “A small token given is more valuable than all the good intentions without action in the world”. God isn’t looking for extravagance, He is looking for the willingness to listen and obey as He leads us into acts of love and kindness. A year of Christmas…a year of ‘paying it forward’…more than a lifetime of planting and harvesting the love of God in others, and goodwill to be the marker of all our intentions! That is not only what Christmas was meant to be, that is what the world is meant to be.
God bless you, dear reader! I will see you next time. Simply, Juliana