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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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Do You Believe In Miracles

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?

By Carolyn Dale Newell

But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears,

“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

Mark 9:22b-24 NKJV

Why must there be a difference between God’s will and your miracle? Do we believe God is such a killjoy we fear praying for His will?

As I have matured as a Christian, I learned to trust God. And I learned to pray expecting my answer.

Friend, I know how difficult it is to believe. Will God do for you what He did not do for another? Satan doesn’t want us to believe. People don’t want to believe. They are afraid it will not happen. I would rather say I trusted God to heal, but it was not His plan rather than lack the confidence in Him to do the impossible.

Admitting you have a problem is always half the battle. There was a father who desperately wanted a miracle for his son. He knew he should believe Jesus would heal him, but he also knew his faith was weak.

Can you believe this man said, If You can do anything….”? Was he so distraught he did not realize who he was speaking to? Jesus can do anything He desires. Why did this man say “If You can do anything”?

Because that is exactly what you and I say when we don’t believe. We might not be as blunt as this father, but he was being honest. God knows our hearts. Are we being truthful with ourselves when it comes to how much we believe God will do for us?

In the words of Jesus Christ Himself, “all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23b). What do we do when our faith wains in the face of discouragement? We pray like the father of this tormented boy. We ask the Lord to help our unbelief.

Jesus is faithful. He will give us what we desire and need. If our desire is to trust Him completely, He will deliver.

If I could tell you one thing today, I would tell you to believe for your miracle. Will God heal you? Will God give you the financial breakthrough you need? Will God restore your marriage? Will God heal your child or grandchild? Will God save the drunk? Will God stop the addict from craving drugs? Will God turn your depression to joy? The answer is yes, if it is His will.

We lack the knowledge and understanding to know which prayers are according to God’s will. Therefore, we must believe for a “Yes”. No one can understand the mind of God. Believe for your miracle while praying for His will.

Heavenly Father, we are all at various levels when it comes to our faith. You commanded us to pray. You commanded us to pray boldly. You also commanded us to believe You will answer. In the name of Jesus Christ, help our unbelief. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Mark 9:17-24.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

Memorize that verse. Write it down and place it everywhere. Believe for your miracle.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.