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The following is paraphrased from an article by Debbie McDaniel in Fresh Day Ahead.

“Being controlled by fear is devastating. We first see this in the Garden of Eden, when after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they hid from God in fear (Genesis 3:8-10). Adam and Eve had never known fear up until that time, but when sin entered in, fear suddenly controlled their lives. This fear became part of our makeup as humans. Sin wrote it into our spiritual DNA.

“Fear. One of Satan’s most popular weapons that he uses against us. Worry, anxiety, fear can overwhelm us with a thick shadow of darkness, controlling our every move and decision.

“There is so much crazy stuff going on around us today – Covid-19, wars, conflicts, persecution, violence, crime, natural disasters, terrorism, economic uncertainty, unemployment, divisions, disease, death. We fear for our children’s future, we fear for our families, we fear for our financial future, we fear for our safety. The list goes on…long. There actually is a lot we could potentially worry about.

“Yet reality tells us that so much of what we spend our time worrying about never even happens. Living under the weight of the “what if’s” is a hard place to dwell.

“How do we get past this? Read words; words that are full of life, words that speak truth. Soak them in, read them over and over, praying them out loud. Until they became so familiar, they replaced the other things in our minds that we battle against. There’s nothing magical about words and verses, but there is power through them because they’re God’s words. 

“As we read His Word, changes happened. Anxious thoughts began to diminish. Worry will let go of its constant grip. And though fear is sometimes still there, it no longer wields control, holding us back, paralyzing us in its grasp. 

“His words are “life” words, soothing to our soul, calming to our spirits, giving power to our days.  

“It’s not always easy, and it often comes down to a choice: 

·       Choosing not to allow fear and anxiety to control your life. 

·       Choosing to guard your heart. 

·       Choosing to focus your mind on what is true in the midst of uncertain times.

“We might still feel afraid, but God has assured us that He is with us. ‘Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.’  (Deuteronomy 31:6). We may not be in control, but we can trust the One who is. We may not know the future, but we can know the God who does.”

Following are verses that I hope will give you comfort and freedom from the fear that might have its grip on you.

Words of Life. Words of Truth.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” Romans 8:38-39

 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”…He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you…For he will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways…“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. …” from Psalm 91:1-16 (this Psalm is one that has been mentioned to me often in the past months, one that many people are finding great comfort in).


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