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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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What’s On Your Mind?

What’s on your mind?

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,

Hebrews 12:1-2a NKJV

Facebook users will recognize this question that appears before you write your post. Do people really want to know what is on your mind? God does.

The Lord knows our every thought, even the passing ones, but He is concerned about where our minds linger.

Sometimes, our minds are pre-occupied with nothing sinful. However, burdens weigh us down. Perhaps this is why everything goes wrong at the same time.

When God instructed Moses and the Israelites concerning warfare, God knew the importance of their attention spans. Out of His tender mercies, God allowed some men to return home from particular battles.

Some had built new homes. Others had planted new vineyards, and some were newlyweds. Future battles would necessitate all their manpower, but not the ones at hand.

War requires full attention, and so do the battles we fight today.

The worst year of my life was 2006. For several years, I had hired competent sitters to care for my mom at home as she dwindled away with dementia. It finally came to the point where she needed to be placed in a long-term facility. The move did not go well. Her pacing required a lock-down Alzheimer’s unit. She had to move several times to find the right fit.

I was pre-occupied with my mom and home schooling my daughter through her senior year of high school. My prayer life slacked off because life was too busy, until life would no longer be the same. In retrospect, I see my mistakes. I see the sin that so easily ensnared me.

My daughter was working at a pizza place. A couple employed by the restaurant lured my little girl into a sinful lifestyle. I was unaware of what appeared only to be an older couple taking interest in my daughter.

Once she turned eighteen, she left home to live with them. She broke off all communication with us, and this broke my heart.

Home-schooling and care-giving are good things, but even the good things can weigh us down. I couldn’t shed the burdens, but I should have been more diligent to safeguard my quiet time with the Lord.

The enemy knows when to strike. His timing is impeccable.

Are you in a battle today? Maybe two battles? God fights for you, but beware of your sinister opponent.

Does Satan cleverly have your mind focused in the wrong direction in order to get the upper hand? Trust in the Lord, and do not tremble. Always watch your back for the lion who seeks to devour you. Look for the serpent of old who comes to steal, kill and destroy.

Keep the lines of communication open with your Commander-in-Chief. Keep trusting. Keep focused on God.

Heavenly Father, we have weights that slow us down in this spiritual race, but help us focus on You. Protect our quiet time and guard our minds and schedules. Give us wisdom to discern the plots of the devil. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Deuteronomy 20:1-7.

HIKING THE TRAIL

In the midst of overwhelming loads, take time to rest. Our minds need it just as much as our bodies. A clear mind will focus better. The time you spend with the Lord should never be sacrificed. It is the one thread holding our lives together.

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.