It was a dark season, I had come under attack, where the fight of fear reared its ugly head and panic and anxiety attacks blindsided me out of nowhere. I found myself sitting with my God-send of a counselor, begging for healing and help out of this dark cave where I felt chained in with no escape.
I remember all the hard work I had to do to get on the other side of it and finally win the battle. There were many ways that I fought this battle, like prayer and worship, but 2 things became key in overcoming anxiety and the war on fear.
That was almost 2 years ago and as shift in our world has occurred, I sense similar fear that came against me back then. Within in seconds things flipped in our nation and it’s as if that same war on fear that once held me captive has risen up to hold the nation.
That fear is now speaking a language of its own as it is sneaking around to steal, kill, and destroy.
A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” – John 10:10
During that once intense season of my life, I would wake up every morning, no matter what I felt, and declare and prophecy God’s Truth and goodness. Even if my current circumstance did not align to this truth I refused to give the enemy a foothold. It was my only way to have a fight in the game. I would speak the future of Hope even when my current circumstance felt overwhelmingly dark.
In the moments I felt I was losing the battle and I was sitting in a panic attack, I had to retrain my mind and mouth to not speak out the lies that were hunting me down and begging me to give in.
There is POWER in our tongue!
“Your words are so powerful that they will kill or give life”
I may have been in an intense fear attack as it prowled around, yet I declared the affirmations of truth, such as;
I am fearless.
Fear will never conquer me, for you already have!
I am healed.
Fear has no stronghold over me.
I am loved.
God is good.
I am courageous.
God has better days ahead.
This is just a season.
I have a Spirit of Love and Power.
The same Spirit that conquered the grave lives within me.
I could have easily (and trust me it was a daily fight to not let my mind win) declare words that aligned with the enemy, therefore giving him a bigger stronghold over my mind.
Why am I sharing this with you? Because as I listen and sense within my own heart, I see the move of fear out to devour hearts like mine. Fear is making a grab at hearts through news headlines, on social media, or just quietly in our homes.
Fear is a LIAR yet it is getting access into our hearts as if it is truth.
And as Jesus followers we should be the first to REJECT these words. As the war on fear is intense I have begun quietly listening, hearing words echoing around me that align with the enemy…we are prophesying the enemies plan, rather than God’s Hope and plan.
I have caught myself some days falling for the trap again.
As I have learned through my own personal journey, it’s okay to acknowledge the bad, the evil, the hard…. But then we must do as Jesus calls us,
“….keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.”
In this interesting season we find ourselves in, God is saying once again, SPEAK LIFE!
Declare the GOOD NEWS.
Be messengers of HOPE,
for ourselves and to others.
Arise each morning and declare his holy word.
Arise with the sun and speak life-giving words.
Arise and sing thanksgiving with the melodies of the birds.
As the scriptures say, inner healing is released when we speak life.
“Nothing is more appealing
than speaking beautiful, life-giving words.
For they release sweetness to our souls
and inner healing to our spirits. ”
We may not be able to fix the world all at once with our tongues… but we can partner with HIM, by faith, who is able to do more than we can ask or imagine. (Eph 3:20)
God has a plan, He has purpose
God’s beauty is still here
As Earth as it is in Heaven.
Come Lord Jesus
Come Holy Spirit
Winter doesn’t last forever.
The Sun still rises each morning
His Love endures all things.
We have a Living Hope, who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
This Hope fuels courage.
“Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear
So why would I fear the future?
For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.
Then afterward, when my life is through, I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!”