Today's Devotional Thought
October 05, 2015 by Wendy Foreman
Victory in Our Fears
Rachel and I spoke at a Women's conference this weekend and the topic I spoke on was abandoning our fears to embrace the promise of abundant life God has for us.
John 10:10 tells us that Jesus came so that we might have life more abundantly: the first part of that verses says that the thief (Satan) has come to steal, kill and destroy. I've known this verse for most of my life. I am pretty sure I memorized it when I was in children's church but the truth of it hit me the last 2 years.
Anyone of you reading this today could probably make a list of your present fears or fears that you have overcome. Fears can sideline us from good things. If we allow them to get out of control, we may find that we suffer from physical problem. And if you're like me, those fears may lead you from missing out on the wonderful gifts that God has for you.
Satan doesn't want you to experience abundance. He wants you to experience fear, discouragement, defeat and a deep sense of I can't do this, any of it.
So how do we shift our focus from the fear that is our current reality to the truth that God wants us to live a life of abundance?
Well ladies, it isn't something new that is going to blow your mind and have you saying "I never thought of that!!"
If we are ever going to press forward and embrace the abundant life God promises us in scripture we have to allow God's truth to speak louder than Satan's lies so...
We have to know what those promises are and we will only know them when we are still before the Lord and open His Word and fill our minds with His truth.
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.
Joshua 1:9 - "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
Isaiah 41:10 - So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
These are just a few of my favorite verses and they are verses that I have to say over and over again when I feel fear creeping in.
The Lord isn't the one who gives us the fear. He is the one who is with us and will help us to stand up under it, endure it and overcome it.
Some fears are momentary, situational, seasonal, and some seem to stick around. I have a few that stick around and I can tell you that I have prayed over them, memorized scripture and they seem to be right there in front of me more often than I would like to admit.
But the Lord showed me something this weekend at the conference while I was speaking on this very topic. There comes victory when we can look those fears in the face and say, "My God is bigger and I choose to stand on his promises so you can't overtake me and steal from me the abundance God has for me."
When we can do that, victory is ours.
I am learning that some fears don't go away. That doesn't mean we don't have enough faith or we are living a life of unbelief. It means that we continue to press into our Lord and allow Him to be our security and our safety net. Many of our fears come from the fact that we feel unsafe.
Psalm 16:8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Fears are real of that I am certain but as I walk with the Lord I am learning that my eyes must always remain on him and when they do I am not shaken.
I wish I could sit down with you and share my heart a little more and listen to your hearts as well. As women I know we are riddled with all kinds of fears and we have days when they feel like they are going to swallow us up, but my prayer is that we will keep our eyes on Jesus and allow him to be our source of security and strength. I pray today you would feel his love surrounding you and you would feel a peace, calmness and comfort that you can't even explain.
Allow His truths to speak louder than your fears today sweet friends!!