We are living in a world that is rapidly changing. And as it changes, we develop fear because things are so out of our control … and that’s when we panic. That’s where the enemy wants us to be .. in a state of panic, hopelessness, not trusting God when he says he’s overcome the world and there’s no need to fear. So in this short devotional blog post… I want to talk to you about your fear of change and what we need to do as Christians to combat it and fight the enemy when he urges us to be fearful.
You might already know this… but the Bible mentions fear 365 times in the Bible. Coincidence that that’s how many days are in a full year?! I don’t know, but I don’t think so. It’s not just a suggestions but its actually a command to not have fear. And you might be thinking … that’s impossible… but while God doesn’t expect us to be perfect and follow his commands with no failures, he does expect us to work towards that perfection, always searching and seeking to grow and fight the good fight of faith.
Sometimes we can’t even pinpoint where our fear is coming from but we just feel that anxiety and the dread deep in our souls. Like it follows us. I know that there are times this year where I’ve feared… 2020 is like THE year of fear mongering right? Coronavirus, politics, riots, businesses shutting down, lockdowns, …. It’s a scary time. And those are real dangers so I’m not going to downplay them. And I’m not going to tell you to ignore your feelings and tell you to just have faith… I will not shame you for feeling your emotions because shame doesn’t lead to faith and God wants our faith to be strong.
So to have faith is to believe and trust God.. not just believe in Him and his existence, but to believe Him and His words. And to truly be reliant on and trust in God and trust what he says means that you should be vulnerable and honest with Him right? God already knows what you’re feeling so if you’re scared, tell Him. Express those emotions you feel to Him and ask by faith for Him to turn those feelings around to peace. The book of Psalms is full of human emotions like fear and anxiety. And David expresses that to God and then finds comfort in Him. He doesn’t just complain of his fears but he proclaims that God saves him from those fears. He claims that God hears him and he rescues him.
I hope you feel that sense of peace when you express to Him what you’re feeling and ask him for grace and hope. But I also want you to know that He gave us His word to cling to in times just like this. He offers promises to us. And He desires that you actually BELIEVE those words so that you can cling tightly to Him and know that He is a God that does not lie.
So I’m going to remind you of some of these promises. And I’ll start with one of my favorites
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
If you love God, and desire to serve him, he will work ALL things for good. Not just a few. All. So even in the most disastrous times, God has the power to make it good. Even in the state of chaos we are in, God… the creator of every living things that exists, has the power to make it good and fruitful.
"Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
If you cling to his promises and stay in close and constant communication with him, there is rest to be found. Where there is a relationship with god… one of trust and love, there is peace.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."
God does not change. And for me there is so much hope to be found in that. We naturally fear change. And the way the world is changing now is scary. Maybe you’re changing jobs, or houses, or relationships and that’s scary. Change in this life is inevitable and we will constantly go through it … and we should. But the ONLY thing that doesn’t change is who God is. And if you know Him and His character by having a relationship with Him, than there is so much peace in that. That he is ever faithful, always near to you, always welcoming you even when you walk away. He is stability. And he’s the only one we can count on for true peace and true joy.
Those are just a few verses but the Bible is filled with thousands of promises for you. But if you’re not seeking them out, if you’re not taking the time to talk with Him, you’re going to live in that state of anxiety and fear of change… failure… and fear of the enemy’s plans.
So today, I challenge you to pick one verse that speaks hope and peace over you. It can be one of the ones I mentioned or you can find another one… which shouldn’t take you long. Then speak it out loud, write it down at your desk, kitchen , bathroom… wherever you can see it often.
We have to start being intentional about living in peace. We’ve become too passive allowing the enemy to roam free in our minds and dictate how we feel. We’re in a war… a spiritual war that is becoming more noticeable by the day. So today submit yourself to God and His word. Claim one of His promises as you start your week. Let that promise become written on your heart by meditating on it, speaking it, thinking about it. Because when fear or anxiety starts to set in, you can speak truth over that lie. You have power over your mind, but you have to be intentional about winning the battle of your thoughts. His promises are true. You just have to claim them and ask God to help you truly believe His words.
I hope this gives you some encouragement as you start your day. If it does, let me know. And let me know what verse speaks to you the most. What promise are you clinging to today? Let me know in the comments. Make sure to subscribe so you can get weekly encouragement and start living a life of freedom and intention and share this with someone you can think of that needs this type of encouragement in God’s word. Talk to you guys next week!