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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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In The Face Of Fear

In the Face of Fear

By Carolyn Dale Newell

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. Isaiah 43:2a NKJV

She hushed the sobs of her infant son. Jochebed nestled him close to her chest as she began feeding him. Each day, it grew more difficult to hide her growing baby.

She had concealed her blossoming belly during her last months of pregnancy. For three months, the family had successfully kept the newborn’s presence a secret, especially from the Egyptians. Soon, someone would find out either from the baby’s cries or the stench of dirty diapers. Now, it was time to follow Pharaohs’ command and cast her male child into the river.

Jochebed’s family gathered the pitch, asphalt, and bull rushes needed to construct a miniature ark, a little waterproof cradle for baby Moses.

Fear had stared them in the face daily. Fear of the Egyptians. Fear of losing their other children. Fear of death. Now, as Jochebed kissed her baby tenderly, images flashed through her mind. Crocodiles could devour him. Mosquitos could feast upon him. The Egyptians could still kill him, but Jochebed trusted God.

Born in the priestly line of Levi, Moses parents knew this baby boy was special. Jochebed sent her daughter, Miriam, to   watch what might happen to her little brother as he drifted among the reeds. As God providentially planned, Pharaohs’ daughter came to the river bank to bathe. She saw the little ark among the reeds. Her maids retrieved it for her. She heard the cries of the abandoned child, and she was filled with compassion for him. She kept him for her own. Miriam slipped out from her hiding spot and offered to find a Hebrew woman to nurse him. Pharaohs’ daughter gladly hired Jochebed to care for Moses.

The family of Moses saw the face of fear constantly, but in the face of fear, they chose faith. Faith is cautious. Wisdom told the family not to flaunt the baby’s presence. Faith acted in wisdom to keep him under wraps.

Faith rewards. Jochebed received the great joy of welcoming little Moses back to her home. She raised her child while Pharaoh’s daughter paid her wages. Many years later, Israel reaped the rewards of Jochebed’s faith when Moses delivered them out of Egypt.

In Scripture, water often symbolizes trouble. This Israelite family was troubled about their child. The floating ark Moses rested in is the same Hebrew word used for Noah’s ark. The ark represents Christ. When we are in Christ, He delivers us out of our troubles. In the same way, Moses was rescued from the Nile, Christ rescues His own.

What fear do you face today? Does it concern your family, your job, or your health? Is it a dangerous situation? Is it a fear of being shunned or rejected?

Today, you have a choice. You can choose fear and live paralyzed in your situation, or you can choose faith. Faith frees. Fear freezes. Choose faith, and reap the rewards that accompany a life of faith.

Lord God, increase our faith. Give us the courage to choose faith, not submitting to fear. We have nothing to fear because You are in control. Thank You,In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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