I’m Putting Fear in its Place!

Have you ever had a fear so strongly that you would do just about anything to avoid having to face it? And after a certain point, you may even resign yourself to being this way FOREVER! It just seems so much easier to accept it, live with it, alter your lifestyle because of it, and all sorts of nonsense like that. Sometimes we even defend and protect our fears. Do you ever say things like, “This is just me,” “This is how I am,” OR even blame it on GOD and say, “This is how God made me, so just deal with it!”

God never instills fear in us. That should be our first clue there’s been an interloper! As children of the living God, we’ve been given the power to look our fear in the face and make it personal with the devil and command him to flee. He’s the sole author of fear. He’ll use your past experiences to rob you of your courage and remind you of when you did something and people laughed at you. If these things don’t get dealt with, they can hold us back for our entire LIFE!

The more I thought about this, the more I realize that I’ve been paralyzed by fear in a certain area of my own life without even recognizing it was happening. I have been dealing with chronic neck pain for the past 3-4 years… even as I confess healing scriptures, walk in the truth of the gospel, declare the Word of God and His promises over my body—knowing that Jesus took all that so I don’t have to, and all those things I know to do as a born-again, Spirit-filled Christian… but the neck pain has been unrelenting.

Does that mean God’s Word is a lie? Absolutely not! It has caused me to look at myself and ask if there’s been something I’VE done to hinder its power in my life.

People have told me SO many times I should go to a chiropractor or massage therapist and have them work those knots or whatever they have to do to take care of it. I continued to believe God that He would heal me supernaturally. I’ve never asked why it’s taking so long, but trust Him enough to know my healing WILL manifest. Secretly, I wished I could go have someone work out the knots, but I just never could get past the fear of all of the unknowns, plus a STRANGER touching my body… Ewww!

I know it sounds crazy to some people, and I know many that think massages are like heaven on earth. Sometimes we don’t know where in our past our fears originate, but to me, the thought of having my fingernails plucked out one-by-one sounded equally as enjoyable. It has been a very real fear for me.

I realized how crafty that was of the enemy! Instilling a fear in me SO strongly that I’ve been content to keep the neck pain for all these years, all the while continuing to coddle the fear! There could have been a simple solution years ago, but fear held me back and hindered my faith. That’s just where the enemy wants us. He’s been stealing my health, and killing and destroying my ability to do some things the Lord has called me to do in the process. Well, I DO see it now, and I’ve had enough!

Part of the reason it’s important I write this down and tell people is so I don’t lose my courage and skip out on the appointment I made for this Friday to get myself taken care of and work out the kinks, deep tissue-style. J I am SO giving the devil a black eye! I’m going to this appointment with my expectors up, and I’m thanking God in advance for working through that woman’s hands and healing my body from head to toe. I am victorious because I pay no mind to the enemy, but yield my life to the Lord, His will, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide me. I am an overcomer because Jesus is my everything! He goes with me and He doesn’t lie!

Deut. 31.6 ~ Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear NOT nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.

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