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The Deception of Fear

THE DECEPTION OF FEAR

By Carolyn Dale Newell

You must not fear them, for the Lord your God Himself fights for you.

Deuteronomy 3:22 NKJV

Our enemy, the devil, uses fear to hold us hostage in various ways. We are familiar with what fear feels like, but today, God clued me in on one of Satan’s schemes. He is a clever trickster.

As our church took prayer requests this morning, I said, “We are headed to the mountains. Pray for our protection from the bears.” Good thing to pray about, right? Sure, but why did I fail to mention the reason for our trip? A writing retreat.

Church had barely started when God enlightened me. My fear of the bears had distracted me from what I needed to pray about most: God’s anointing on me as I write.

Last year, Iva and I spent three days alone in the Smoky Mountains. My first vacation on my own. While encouraging Iva to potty one morning, a hotel guests kindly informed me that a bear had joined us. My immediate response was the wrong one. I screamed. The bear growled before retreating into the woods.

I felt shook up most of the day, a natural response to a dangerous situation. Our brains go into freeze, fight, or flight mode. Inside the safety of the hotel, a Bible verse popped up on my phone:

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4 NKJV)

All summer, social media has been abuzz with stories and videos about bears in Gatlinburg, and in particular, near our hotel. As my trip drew near, the bears have been at the forefront of my mind.

Today, I realized fear had distracted me from the purpose of my trip. Writing a book.

Faith frees, but fear freezes.

I trust God to keep us safe. Not only had fear occupied too many of my thoughts, but it pre-occupied my prayer life.

Is there something in your life that frightens you? Something you must face? Do you trust God for your protection? Have you allowed the agitation to distract you? Has it taken prominence over the weightier things of God, especially in your prayer time?

Join me today as we declare victory over the enemy of our souls. We see him for the sly deadly opponent he really is. Our prayers might have been manipulated for some time, but not any longer.

We have been set free from the deception of fear. The Lord fights our battles, and we praise Him for the victories.

Lord, we fight fear often in this life. We have no reason to fear. You fight our battles. We trust You completely. Remove all fear from our minds and the hinderances it creates. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Is. 41:10, John 14:27, and 2 Tim. 1:7.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What fears create anxiety for you? Take them to God in prayer and leave them with Him. Trust in the Lord and do not fear.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Throwback Thursday: The Enemy’s Attack

THE ENEMY’S ATTACK

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly place.

Eph. 6:11-12 NKJ)

Do you ever wonder why things keep going wrong? It has been like that with my health, and praise God, it was nothing serious. As soon as one thing was settled, something else started.

Finally, I asked God why this was happening. If there was something wrong in my life, some sin, I wanted to know. Two hours later, I received a text from a friend. He obviously knew about my health issues, but he did not know about my prayer. The text read, “The enemy wants to attack your study on prayer and your ministry.” That was it, but why had I never thought of that?

Here I was immersed in a study on prayer, and I had never prayed for God to protect my writing and myself from Satan. I had prayed for God to use my work for His glory and to encourage others. I had prayed for open doors, but I never prayed for God to set a hedge around me.

As I read through the believer’s armor in Ephesians chapter 6, I could not find anything missing. I trusted God, the shield of faith. I studied my Bible, the sword of the Spirit. The one thing missing was the one that ties it altogether – prayer. I was studying prayer, but I was not praying to be delivered from evil.

Whether you are in ministry or not, always be on guard for the enemy’s attack. Stand firm against the wiles of the devil. Satan seeks to destroy those who serve God.

Dear heavenly Father,

Help us realize that as we draw closer to You, the battle is going to heat up. Set a hedge around Your children so we can accomplish great things for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Eph. 6:10-20.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Satan not only wants to disrupt our service to God, but he creates havoc in our relationships, on our jobs, and in our homes. How can you begin to pray for victory in these areas?

 

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.