Overcoming Anxiety

II Timothy 1: 7 –“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

What would you think if I told you that you could live without fear? Would you believe me if I said that despite what you saw on the news tonight, you could be perfectly at peace? No matter what happens with the economy you can be at perfect peace. If you lost your job today, you could have peace. No matter what the doctor’s report says, you can live in peace. Impossible? Unrealistic? No! You see, fear isn’t just a reaction to external circumstances. It’s a spiritual force authored by Satan. It begins inside of us. And it is totally destructive. In fact, fear is Satan’s primary weapon against us. He moves in response to fear, the same way that God moves in response to faith. Satan challenges the promises of God with fear.

An excellent example of this is found in Matthew 14:30 when Jesus invited Peter to get out of the boat and come to Him on the water. “But when Peter saw the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me.” What enabled Peter to get out of the boat and walk on the water? His faith in the Word of Jesus. What caused Peter to sink? He saw the wind blowing and took his eyes off “The Word” Jesus and that caused him to fear. It wasn’t the wind that defeated him, it was his fear of it! He looked at the circumstances, gave in to the fear, and the result was defeat, he sank. Whenever the storms of life become our focus instead of Jesus “The Word” the results will always be the same, defeat. If Peter had kept his focus on Jesus, Jesus is the Word, his faith would never have wavered. All the wind blowing and storm raging in the world couldn’t have drawn him off course.

Faith is developed by meditating on God’s Word. Fear is developed by meditating on Satan’s lies. Such fearful meditation is called – worrying, anxiety. The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17). We must use it to fight worry and fear. Every time Satan comes against you with worry or fear combat him the same way that Jesus did in the wilderness, “It is written,” with the Word (Matthew 4:4). God’s Word and His promises are our weapons to defeat every attack of the enemy. Hold up your shield of faith and quench all his fiery darts. Speak words of faith and fear will depart. Which simply means for us, that the more Word that you’re filled with the more weapons you have at your disposal. Why are so many believers being defeated by the storms of life and worry? No Word, no victory. More Word, greater victory!

My prayer for you today is that you will fill yourself up with the Words of Life that will cause you to overcome every lie and every fear of the enemy. Then you shall be more than a conqueror!

Pointing People to Jesus,

Rocky Byers

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”