I don’t know about you, but I find my mind drifting from time to time, with messages of fear.
Out of nowhere, things pop into my mind. Sometimes they are so real that I start to cry. The thoughts are about things I really have no control over. Sometimes they are really silly things; sometimes they are fears about real things. A while ago, I heard a song called “Fear is a Liar”. This song, by Zack Williams, says it so well. The music video brings me to tears every time I watch it. It shows different scenarios of fear, and what it could do to you.
Did you know that most of your fears are invalid? They will never come to fruition. We are in a battle, and it is played over and over again in our minds, making us fearful.
I’m not good enough! I’m not pretty enough! I’m fat! I won’t be able to make that bill payment! They won’t forgive me! The list goes on and on and on. If you can think it, you can be overcome by it.
Our society is filled with mental illnesses (deeply seated in fear). Our jails are filled with people who are victims of fear, mental illnesses and addictions, which, in many cases, are fear-related.
I was blessed to have worked in a pharmacy as an assistant to the pharmacist. My eyes were opened wide to how many people were on mood-altering drugs. My eyes were also opened to how many addictions are out there.
My question was once why? Lately, I have realized the reason why a lot of this is happening. It is fear!!!
If you believe in the existence of God, you must also believe in the existence of Satan (also named “Lucifer”). He was once considered a beautiful, heavenly angel. He became very vain and self-centered. Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 12 speak of Satan’s fall. With his fall came the battle between good and evil. In our world, our minds have become the battle ground. There is a constant fight. We see it in wars, and we see it amongst people, family members, friends and the people we work with. We see it manifested with road rage and in school shootings. We definitely saw it in 911 (that will be another blog).
All of this led to the battle that is played in each and every human’s mind—even our children’s minds.
Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Then it continues to tell us to put on the full armour of God. (Ephesians 6, verses 13 to 18 is a must read.)
What I am saying is that the battle is against our minds. Little lies slip into the mind—one lie at a time.
Then we slowly succumb to our wrong thoughts. We start to have sleepless nights. Our relationships start to fail. We begin to believe our fears. They start to become our reality (even if they’re not true). Our minds are very powerful. What we think, we become.
I’m not saying that people who are on medications for mental illness should come off them. If you need medication, always take it. If you have cancer, you take meds to get better or feel better. We are human, and sometimes we need medical intervention.
I’m writing this blog post to let you know that I have fears. I don’t have it all together. I worry about doing a good job at work. I have had many sleepless nights over this. I worry about my adult children. I worry about my grandkids. I worry about money. You name it, I worry about it.
Recently, I started really listing to two of Zack Williams’ songs, “Fear is a Liar” and “No Longer Slaves”. Both songs are attached to this blog. God has sent many talented people to help encourage and lift up the believer.
I, too, have been encouraged, and I have a heart of thanksgiving toward our Lord because, as fear tries to take over my mind, I give my fearful thoughts over to Jesus, reminding myself that I am no longer a slave to fear. Fear does not own me. I am the victor.
My life verse is: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4, verse 13, NKJV)
For many years, I was led by fear. There has been a call on my life for a long time, but fear took over. I was worried about what people would think if I started to speak about the gospel. It wasn’t always like that. When I was younger, I would talk to everyone about Jesus. If you met me on the street, you knew what I believed. Then, somehow, fear crept in. I can’t even tell you how, but it did.
Whether you are sick, broken-hearted, tired, stressed over money, or dealing with loss, I have a word of encouragement for you today. There are so many good Bible verses telling us not to fear. If fear is creeping into your mind, why not commit one of these verses to memory? Make it your “when I’m in fear verse”.
Here are a couple:
Romans 8:28 (NIV) “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
1 John 4:18 (NIV) “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
When my mind reverts back to fear, I simply start saying, “I don’t need to fear. Fear is a liar.” I also just call on Jesus’ name. It soothes my soul.
Franklin Roosevelt said, in his inaugural speech to the nation, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He was referring to the state of the nation and the political unrest. (Oh, if he were alive today.) How wise he was!! I believe he knew his Bible well.
Today, kick fear to the curb.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4, NIV)