My first post in 2018 I decided to start with an encouragement to overcome fear. Whatever may come in your life in this year 2018, do not fear and know that the Lord is always with you. Believe me, He will turn even the bad into your favor.
Let me share a little bit of one part of my fear I am facing currently.
Satan definitely did not sleep through my salvation experience. My headache that always had been an issue for me, came back. As you all know I am studying right now. And to have this headache issue, definitely will affect my concentration. As of now, I already felt that I have been lagging behind my studies by a few chapters. When my exam timetable was released, it was really a wake up call for me to put my time and effort on studying. I got so afraid that I could not do it. To make it worse, the pain in my head that persists for days and sometimes even weeks, came back.
I have a history of having migrane. The doctor told me that it has no cure and to only stabilized the pain, I have to eat medicine every night before I go to bed. However, because I am always believing in God’s supernatural power in healing, I stopped eating the medicine only after taking it for months. Praise the Lord for keeping “the headache” away from me. It has not been coming back only until recently.
I felt so discouraged and fear started to take over, making me feel stressed. However, I kept declaring “I reject this fear, in Jesus name. My headache will go away for good and it will not affect my life anymore, in Jesus name.” While I am at it, I also declare for my studies. “I may not be smart but it is not me who do the works. It is He, my Lord who gives me strength and intelligence to understand everything I study. Whatever I touch shall prosper and it is Jesus in me who will sit my exam for me in time to come”.
Although I can still feel the fear in my heart, I did not stop declaring because I know the Lord is faithful. On one night, I came upon this verse in the bible.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
At first, when I read this, I thought temptation only meant the sorts of action in doing evil such as anger, lust or other negative things. However, when I read the verse the second time, the word “temptation” actually means alot of things to me. As for my case, it can also mean that the moment I do not see God’s works manifest on me despite believing in Him, I can get tempted to doubt God. Doubting God is not good because this can arise in blaming Him and naturally I will just stop spending time with the Lord and start to find other ways to satisfy the flesh such as complain.
When I stop spending time with the Lord, the Holy Spirit in me is not strengthened and if I am not careful, my flesh will take over resulting in only more negative emotions. When my Holy Spirit is weak, I may sin unconsciously and this will only upset my Father in Heaven. This exact thinking is what the Devil wants.
But thanks to the verse given to me above, I am reminded yet again by the Lord that He is faithful and my fear was only temporary. You know, just this glimpse of tiny hope in my heart, can actually makes alot of difference in how I think and act. That tiny hope in my heart unknowingly making me lean on Jesus’ perfect faith because deep inside my heart, I know that His hope will never waver. Look at the next verse:
Hebrews 10:22-23 “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful”
With Jesus, I can draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith. With Jesus, my doubt will just disappear on it’s own. With Jesus’ perfect faith, I will not waver and only believe that the Lord’s promise to me is always true and it will come to pass. Having this amount of faith in me because of Jesus, turns my life around. My headache seems to be gone for good, and although my studies have not shown it’s fruits yet, I believe and receive knowing that the Lord has already reserved that amazing results for me. Simply by believing is how I overcome my fears.
Beloved sons and daughters of God, no matter what situation you are at, do not stop believing in the Lord. The bible says so:
Matthew 21:19-21 “And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, ‘Let no fruit grow on you ever again’. Immediately the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, ‘How did the fig tree wither away so soon?’ So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done'”.
I am sure the Lord’s promises will come to pass in your life as well.
Always remember, devil’s evil temptation is nothing compared to the power of God, our Heavenly Daddy. Reject and rebuke all the negative things happening in your life. As long as we are with our Heavenly Daddy and Jesus living our life for us, nothing is impossible. You can just say this simple prayer, which I do all the time when I start to feel that fear in my heart.
“Heavenly Daddy, I humbly come to you, showing you all my weakness. My fear I surrender to you, Lord. My flesh is weak but I know You will never fail to strengthen me. Daddy, I cannot do this on my own, I need You badly. I need You all the time, every single day, every single hour, every single second of my life, please do not ever leave me. I know You are a good God and You love me and I am Your beloved child. Help me with this situation that I am facing in my life. Help me ease my heart from the heaviness and burden that I feel. I surrender all this negativity into Your mighty hands, Lord. In Jesus name I pray, Amen”
Just cast all your cares to Him. Our Heavenly Daddy is always all ears to listen to anything that you want to tell Him. He is with us 24/7. This I assure you. I hope you have been blessed with my sharing, my friend. God bless you, always. (: