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How to Control the Horror That Haunts Us

How to Control the Horror That Haunts Us

By Carolyn Dale Newell

…casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV

Terrorists no longer need planes. They can mow people over using a truck. The police who normally keep us safe are now being targeted, ambushed and killed. It can happen anytime and anywhere. Public bathrooms are now a hiding place for sexual predators. Our world is no longer safe, and that frightens us.

Fear is a strong emotion which paralyzes us. It can keep us from moving forward for Christ and hinder us from achieving our dreams. It is one of Satan’s weapons. However, weapons may be formed against us, but they will not prosper (Is. 54:17).

How can we control our phobias? It is natural for humans to be apprehensive at times. However, fear can be fed, or it can be starved. If you set food out nightly, the local stray cat will continue to visit and possibly take up residence on your doorstep. However, if you never feed him, he will look for food elsewhere.

Our trepidations work the same way. Here are some ways I have found to gain victory over the anxieties which burden us.

Take every thought captive. Runaway thoughts can cause as much damage as a runaway train. Do not allow your thoughts to wander to the worst possible scenario or the “what ifs”. Be very careful about the thoughts you entertain.

Put your mind on God. Trust His promises. Memorize Scripture. Saturate your mind with God’s Word, sermons and gospel music.

Spend quality time in prayer. We can never pray enough. This time will result in a life ruled with peace rather than panic.

We do not want to be fear-controlled, but God-controlled. We do not feed fear, but starve it. Spiritual battles are waged in our hearts and minds, but victory is found down on our knees.

Lord Jesus, You have told us, “Do not be afraid”, but there are times when it consumes us. Help our minds stay focused on You. Deliver us from our fears and wrap us in Your perfect peace. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Is. 41:10 NKJV

HIKING THE TRAIL

The above verse is one of my favorites about fear. What verses comfort you? Write them down and leave them in places where you are likely to read them.

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Throwback Thursday: Angels Watching

 

ANGELS WATCHING

For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

Ps. 91:11(NKJV)

God and His angels are always with us. I have seen the evidence of that when I go walking, and I encounter lawn mowers, a blind person’s worst enemy. Just last week, I heard a lawn mower on the next block, and I decided to go down a different street. It was unchartered territory for me, and my only thought was to make the right turn on Elm Avenue, but I forgot about the alley. When I felt the open space, I assumed it was Elm, but it led me to someone’s yard. Where was my street?

Before I realized what I had done, Shirley, my neighbor, appeared. Now Shirley is not an angel, but that particular day, she was heaven sent. She explained that she had heard my cane tapping, and she knew that I was not on my regular path. She directed me on down to Elm Avenue.

I saw the watchful care of my heavenly Father that day. It gave me the confidence to walk on new streets, which I had been hesitant to try.

Friend, there are angels watching over you too. They are on your job, at your home, and on the highways. “Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling” (Ps. 91:9-10). We have confidence that God will not allow any harm to come to us. You are thinking, “What about the time…?” That was my thought when I first read these verses, but sometimes, God allows things to happen for His own purpose and glory. God is our refuge, our habitation, our dwelling place. If He cares enough to get a blind lady on the right street, think what He will do for you!

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.