"For God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind." - 2 Timothy 1:7
As the song sings : "Fear, he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps...
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire"
Only a short while ago, i was tormented by fear. He stole my rest and my sleep for about 5 years, and we crucially need sleep for our survival. His goal was to ultimately steal and destroy my life. "The thief came to kill, steal, and destroy" (John 10:10). The devil is a thief and a liar. A thief is called a thief because he has no permission to enter and take things. I did not give him permission to steal my sleep, but because he is a thief, he took it. He lied to me and told me its because of diet or need for certain vitamins, its hormonal, its stress, etc. While these things can cause sleeplessness, I must ask; what is the root of those issues? What would cause deficiency, stress, or imbalance? These things are not from God. God is good, and only good comes from God. He is literally incapable of evil or bad. "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows" (James 1:17). "God saw everything that he made, and behold, it was very good (Genesis 1:31). God created everything that is good. He didn't create anything that is evil.
Unfortunately many people are deceived by the devil. He is sneaky, he learns our weaknesses and attacks them. "He is an ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world-he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him" (Revelation 12:9). So friends; "Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8). But there is good news! This prowling devil was destroyed on the cross over 2,000 years ago! "Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death-that is, the devil- and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death" (Hebrews 2:14-15).
We no longer have anything to fear. The battle is won, we are victorious and righteous through the blood shed by Jesus Christ on the cross. As believers; "we are in Christ Jesus who gives wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30)". "For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:3). So if we are dead to sin, we are hidden in Christ, we are untouchable to evil. I'll admit, this was not an easy concept for me to grasp at first, because I could not control the fear that I felt, nor could I control waking in the middle of the night. It took many nights spent reading and proclaiming scripture over what I should believe, even if I didn't see results. I repeated; "The faithful Lord will strengthen and protect me from the evil one" (2 Thess 3:3) and "For God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7), until I fell asleep. I continued to believe that I will sleep and that it belongs to me because I am the Lord's righteous, and His righteous sleep. I believed this truth so much that anything else had no room. I dug deep inside my thoughts to figure out what instilled such fear so deep inside my mind. The Holy Spirit, the helper (John 14:26), helped reveal to me the hidden things in my heart that needed to be brought forth and dealt with so that I can move forward and walk in righteousness as a child of God.
I won't take the credit and say I did this all on my own. No, I sought out answers, I received wise counsel (weekly), I prayed, and I begged. "Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you maybe wise the rest of your days" (Proverbs 19:20) I sought out help by going to a healing room prayer every week-there I was taught Biblical principles on healing the body and renewing the mind, how to stand firm on the truth of the Word of God, how to resist the devil, how to recognize the source of my thoughts, to keep them captive, and ultimately how to overcome fear. "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will-His good, pleasing and perfect will" (Romans 12:2). I am still learning, and therefore not perfect. I always thought being a Christian meant that my mind was already renewed, little did I know how much I still needed to learn. I make mistakes, but thank God for His mercy and grace, He lovingly teaches and corrects.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
Be blessed friends! Please leave comments with thoughts or questions.