Fear. It is a little word with big connotations. A powerful emotion that can paralyze us, make us put up our fists, or throw in the towel.
Sometimes, I picture the devil’s toolshed, and I see his shovel of discouragement he uses to cover us with piles of “you can’t do that,” his hammer of inferiority he uses to beat us down with “who do you think you are,” and his swing blade of fear that cuts us down at the knees and leaves us shaking in our boots. We must stop letting him use those tools to mow us down and instead rise to become the man or woman God has called us to be. But how? We do that by fighting the flesh that tries to hold us back. It tells us to run the other direction but, instead, we must catch it by the shirttail, make it turn around, and say, “Oh, no you don’t! You’ve got a job to do!”
You see, God did not bring us through adversities just so we would sit on the sidelines and not play in the game. We might get tackled or even hurt again out there, but we also might throw or catch a pass for God’s team. How will we know if we just sit there?
That is what it is, you know. God’s team vs the devil’s team. You are either on one or the other. The devil will always have discouragement, inferiority, and fear in his playbook, but God has a playbook too. It is called the Holy Bible and it is filled with stories of players who overcame the enemy’s taunts, schemes, and attacks. It shows us we can too!
I have let fear bench me too many times in life, but that was because I thought I had to do it alone and did not realize there were more for me than against me. Scripture tells us, “He that’s in me is greater than he that is in the world.” Do we believe that? Is our life showing it? There is a dark part of the world that God wants all of us to bring light into.
I like what Bishop T.D. Jakes said once, “Don’t let the devil put a question mark where God wants to put an exclamation point!” God has a toolshed full of tools too which He lets us use. They were bought and paid for by His Son! Remember our tools are not carnal but mighty for the pulling down of strongholds, and Jesus said we would overcome snakes and scorpions and all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19). It is time to put on our work boots and march out to do just that.
So, let us overcome fear by opening the Door as we read and apply His Word to our circumstances today. The truth will set you free. Free from fear or any of the devil’s tools he may have used to try and stop you.
Copyright © 2020 by Lisa Williams
Lisa Williams is a southern girl who enjoys writing about the trials of life and spiritual growth from them. She grew up in the 70’s and wrote her first book when she was 10 years old about “talking cars” long before Disney made a movie and became even richer on the idea. She married young then became a registered nurse. After her children came along she traded in her nurses cap and homeschooled them for seventeen years. Life threw her a lot of loops and she is a survivor of breast cancer and infidelity. Her relationship with God was what got her through it all and in her empty nest she finally has the heart and time to write about His light in very dark places. If you’d like to join her on this journey you may follow her blog at https://partthewater.wordpress.com/.