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Fear Is A Liar // Wednesday Wisdom // August 1
Fear. The one word/concept I have struggled with my whole life. When I was younger, I used to have terrible dreams. These dreams weren’t just scary, they were vivid and it felt like I was living in them. I would wake up but still feel like my life was in the dream and it took me a good 30 seconds to shake the feeling. I am not sure if it was because I watched movies like “The 6th Sense” or “Happy Hollow“, but I always went to bed fearful. Every door had to be shut in order for me to go to bed, and I had to have a large stuffed animal with me. Luckily when I turned 8, I got a Golden Retriever who would sleep with me for the next 9 years!
Now that I am older, those dreams have subsided for the most part. Fear is no longer just in the dark of night for me, but in all aspects of life. I personally struggle with some anxiety, and that anxiety causes fear a lot of the time. Now that I am a Mom, it has only intensified. I am sure my Mom friends know what I mean! Any situation we see or hear about dealing with tragedies we immediately put ourselves in it with our little ones and it makes us sick. I recently was gifted the devotion “100 Days to Brave” by Annie F. Downs and it has been a joy to read thus far. On day seven, Annie discusses how the truth sets us free. The truth being the truth in Christ! When Jesus was tempted in the desert by Satan, He stood on the Word of God to rebuke the temptation. Jesus recited scripture back to Satan because He believed it and knew it to be true. Satan had to flee! Remember, Satan (fear) is a LIAR. Satan is the one who is always trying to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10). Satan wants to define you, label you, and stop you from being brave and being YOU. The you God created you to be. Satan doesn’t want you to accomplish the great things you were meant to accomplish, and he surely doesn’t want you doing it in God’s Glory. I have personally felt Satan’s attacks in my life and it all boiled down to allowing that fear in and not putting God as my priority. Fear doesn’t have to win, and it WON’T. We all know how this story goes…
So stand up to fear today and the lies of Satan. Show them how big your God really is.
Any time you feel fear, say the name of Jesus aloud and/or recite scripture and the enemy has to flee!
Fear Is A Liar by Zach Williams