Yesterday, one of my pastors made a statement that really caught my attention.
When we grab a hold of fear, who do we put our trust in? God or the enemy?
He went on to give this acronymn of fear:
I have been in a battle with fear over the past few weeks and I immediately recognized exactly I was doing. I was holding on to my fear like it was some sort of pet that I was afraid would escape. I would take it out, pet it, feed it and even play with it. I didn't like it. I wanted to get rid of it but rather than put it out, I kept it where I could keep a close eye on it lest it attack me when least expected, I suppose. I was "facing up to it" so I thought but in reality, I was listening to fear and putting my trust in what fear said rather than God.
Fear is quick to point out all the things that can go wrong. Fear points to every bad thing that has ever happened to you, or others and presents that as evidence of what will happen to you. Fear says that God has abandoned you or is punishing you. Fear even sometimes suggests that maybe you are mistaken and there is no God to rescue you. Your cries are lost in an empty abyss forever.
When we are faced with something like cancer or any other event which may have an uncertain impact on our life, our initial response is usually fear. That is our natural response. However, we must remember that Jesus Christ came, died and rose again so that things like fear no longer have power over us. We must remember these words which Paul wrote to Timothy so long ago:
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
In 2008, my friend Alison was diagnosed as having a brain tumor. Fortunately, it was not cancer but nevertheless it had to be removed or it would continue to grow and she could die. Removing a tumor for the brain is a serious matter and yet through it all, God gave her peace that everything would be just fine. She knew that she was in God's hands. During that time, she wrote these words:
Fear is not of God, it is of the enemy. What we choose to do with it is our choice. We can allow satan to oppress our spirit and take us into the depths of despair or we can use it as a catalyst for change for the better. If we look at fear for what it is and pick up the weapons of warfare that God has given us, there is no way the enemy can stand against the onslaught of God's power and might.
What must our response to fear be? Prayer. Last night that same pastor said:
Prayer is the mechanism that engages our faith for supernatural results.
When we pray we place ourselves in position to hear God's voice. He presents to us the evidence in His Word of His faithfulness, His love and His power. He also brings to mind the evidence of what He has done in our own lives and will continue to do. We may not see the results yet but prayer engages our faith which in turn enables us to believe before we see.
This is such a timely blog as I fear a lot of things at the moment. As a person who is currently has no answer to some serious health issues, all that I am left with is trust and fear. A fear of the unknown and a trust that what ever will be, will be. Fear is such a powerful/debilitating thing. A little bit is good but alot is bad!
In Barbs office, she has a framed quote and it says something along the lines of 'Everything you've ever wanted, is on the other side of fear'. I read it at almost every appointment but am only just reminded of it reading your blog.
Spot on blog my beautiful friend, and Alison is on point! :)