I see fear, worry, anxiety, stress and angst as one bundle. They stick together, they work together and they live together. As one dysfunctional family they function well in our lives and not in a good way. They have found their niche in our minds and they fill our hearts easily. They are like a pack that travels together. One of them might be influencing us more than the others at some point but they are united and they help each other create havoc in our day-to-day lives. If you scan your thoughts throughout the day you might notice that the negative pack has infiltrated itself in there somehow. The Lord tells us not to fear and not to be afraid. He is not giving us an impossible command. He knows that He can help us fend off the evil pack. He has the power to put that negative family back in its place and He can lock them in a place where they can’t do any harm. It takes work on our part and continued faith. We ought to develop faith in God’s ability to put up a hedge of protection around our minds, our hearts, our feelings and our emotions. That wall of protection can be built and it can stand strong as we put layer after layer and brick after brick around us in the name of Jesus. As this new week starts, I want to encourage you to build that wall of protection. Do your part and God will put in place the hedge of protection that will keep you positive and strong.
I remember when I first realized that fear did not have a strong grip on me anymore. It was after a few weeks of delving in the Word and of having a praise and prayer routine. Once I established that routine and my mind knew to expect it and my heart was on board every day, fear and its family became less powerful in my life. It wasn’t something I was looking for intentionally. It was more of a benefit from living a life rooted in praise and adoration of Jesus. He was my focus and He was the One I communicated with the most. The more I praised Him, the bigger He appeared to me. I had songs I sang every day that got me pumped up. I believe that was a major key; getting excited for the Lord was a game changer for me. Praise punched fear in the face. It put worry in an arm lock and it chased away anxiety. It became my number one remedy. It has been my daily medicine and it is still working wonders today. What I was doing without knowing was evicting the dysfunctional family that had settled in my temple, in my house, in my mind. I had not been aware that they were squatters. To me they had always been there and parting from them did not seem to be an option. It is more than an option. It should be our way of living and operating. The Lord has a very well-functioning and positive family for us. It is the family we should be living with and it is the one group we should be interacting with on a daily basis.
Peace, joy, love, faith, patience, selflessness, long suffering are among the fruit of the Spirit. They form a very positive bunch. They are a family that is always in harmony and that always makes people feel great and be in sync with the Lord. The Holy Spirit generously shares this family with us when we are open to welcoming them. They are the family that never fights and never argues. All they want to do is lift up the Lord and spread the peace and the love that He has for everyone. My praise and prayer sessions were strongly impacted by the fruit of the Spirit. I would come out of the sessions with more love than I had ever felt and more peace than I had experienced. The Holy Spirit is present and manifests Himself when we praise and pray. Doing it every day truly changes our lives and our minds. Add gratitude and Bible study to them and you have a powerful combo. It is the package that can get rid of the negative pack of fear. Load up on the fruit of the Spirit and the weeds of the enemy will be uprooted from your life. Fear, worry and stress will be replaced by peace. You will discover a whole new world where God is more dominant and the family of the enemy is under submission and underpowered. There is a solution for the daily angst. There is a key to solving the problems that come with fear and worry. There is deliverance from anxiety and angst. They can all be found in Jesus. Worship Him, pray to Him, be thankful to Him, study His Word and you will be free from the negative family that has been keeping you captive for too long. I have kept up with my praise and prayer habits and they are continuing to bless my days, to renew my mind and to fill my heart with peace and love. Praise the Lord there is freedom indeed in Him!
Suggested reading: Psalm 34:4-5; Isaiah 41:13; Luke 14:27