Have you ever noticed how the enemy likes to mess with your mind?
Fear and anxiety are two ways he keeps us from having the Peace God gives us and from relying on God.
Fear and anxiety can completely overwhelm you and keep you up at night.
Fear, anxiety, worry, panic attacks are all weapons satan uses against us. But, sometimes, it feels like there is no other way.
It’s like being in a dark room, and you can’t find the door out or even a window to open. Satan loves this.
When we are experiencing these feelings often times, we try to hide them from others. That works to a point, but when you have these feelings, your family and close friends usually catch the fallout.
We yell at our kids when we really don’t mean to. We are short with or ignore our husbands and friends.
It doesn’t have to be this way. I’m not trying to give you a pat answer and say that “everything will work out, just have faith” or “don’t worry about what you can’t change.”
Yes, I know people mean well and are trying to help, but honestly, most of the time, it just doesn’t.
I, like most people, have had plenty of experience dealing with fear and anxiety. I know what it’s like to toss and turn at night.
You can’t turn your mind off, and you can’t go to sleep. I’ve yelled at my kids then cried because I felt like the worst mom on the planet!!
I have found something that helped me tremendously!
I started reading certain verses in the Bible and claiming them as if this is how it is.
I started praising the Lord when I didn’t feel like praising. I felt like crawling under a rock and hiding from the world, to be honest.
Little by little, God gave me Peace.
When the enemy would try to attack, I had an answer other than giving in to fear, anxiety, and worry. So things just didn’t bother me like they used to.
Did my life magically change for the better, and did my circumstances get better? Some did, and some did not.
But I wasn’t crippled by the fear and anxiety anymore.
My bills weren’t always paid on time, we didn’t automatically have everything we wanted, and I’m still concerned about my kids’ choices.
But I have learned like Paul said in Philippians 4:11 “. . . in whatever situation I am in to be content.”
I have chosen not to let the enemy have control.
Sometimes all I could pray was the name of Jesus. I have learned He is all I need.
A few things I have learned
- I must choose to guard my heart and my mind.
- I must choose to believe God’s word is true.
- I must choose to speak life and truth into my life. You can too!!
You do not have to give in to that fear, anxiety, and worry that is gripping your heart and mind right now.
Just because you don’t feel like you have any control over anything doesn’t mean that you can’t know the One who does. Therefore, you can choose to trust God.
I want to share these verses with you because they have helped me so much over the years. I know they can help you too!
Of course, they are all good; I mean, seriously, can there be a “bad” verse in the Bible? Lol. I’ll start with my favorite.
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous, do to be afraid or temple at them, for the Lord you God is the One who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 3:22 “Do not fear them, for the Lord your God is the one fighting for you.”
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Yes, I know, right now, you don’t feel strong or courageous. But, well, feelings change and are deceptive. Remember, fear and anxiety are feelings.
Sometimes we have to choose to be strong and courageous even when we don’t feel like it. Do you always feel like you are madly in love with your husband? No.
Sometimes love is a choice, especially when he is working my nerves! But that is for another post, lol.
Isaiah 41:10 “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.”
Psalm 94:19 “When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.”
Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread?”
Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”
Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
Psalm 118:6 “The Lord is for me; I will not fear: what can man do to me?”
Psalm 34:7 “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.”
Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”
Isaiah 43:1 “But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Isreal, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!”
Isaiah 35:4 “Say to those with anxious heart, “Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with a vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you.”
Isaiah 41:13-14 “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. do not be afraid, for I will help you, ‘declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”
Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Mark 6:50 “Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
Mark 4:39-40 ‘He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down, and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Mark 5:36 “Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Luke 12:22-26 “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you, by worrying, can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
John 14:27 “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own Peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. So, therefore, do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.”
Romans 8:38-39 “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”
Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the Peace of God, which transcends all understanding, all guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. Therefore, the One who fears is not made perfect in love.”
1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves, then under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 3:14 “But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.”
Revelation 1:17 “Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.'”
Know that it doesn’t matter how the enemy tries to attack you; God is on your side, and with Him, you have victory over fear and anxiety!
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