Faith Over Fear
"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."
1 Peter 5:8
I have seen and felt the Lord working both in my life and the lives of those close to me. Despite this, I find myself feeling discouraged because in some areas, it feels as if He is silent. When I am praying and believing for something and I don’t see or feel the Lord working, I start to have doubts. The enemy loves when I open myself up to doubt and immediately begins to prey upon me by filling my mind with lies. It’s not long before I am swirling around in a tornado of anxiety and worry.
During these times, I wonder if the Lord hears my prayers, if He sees my struggle, or my pain. I wonder if He cares about me the way the Bible says He does. The enemy whispers in my ear, telling me I’m alone and that the Lord is not going to take care of me or my family the way He promised. The enemy makes me believe that the promises I’m standing on were not meant for me because I am unworthy and undeserving. It feels as if I’m alone in complete darkness.
"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1
This is when my loving Father finds a way to reassure me. He surrounds me with His light and love. He finds miraculous ways to communicate His love for me. He shows up in ways that I didn’t expect to demonstrate His faithfulness. He fills me with a newfound confidence and a spirit of boldness. I find the strength to break free from the emotional strongholds that the enemy has had over my thoughts. My fear is replaced with faith and I am able to escape the bondage that the enemy had entangled me in. I feel His power within me and I am able to see and feel His presence.
He is at work in my life. He is at work in the lives of all of His children. He knew me before I was born and knows my end from my beginning. I have to fight those fearful thoughts with thoughts of faith and trust Him and trust in His plan for my life.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
When I put my trust fully in Him, this is when I truly experience God’s peace. This is His promise to me. This is a promise to all of His children.
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6