Everything was cool just a moment ago. I knew who I was. I felt confident and free. But I wasn’t prepared. Suddenly I can’t breathe. My thoughts go from confident, to self-deprecating in just a moment. Nobody likes you. You’re ugly. Don’t say anything because you’ll just embarrass yourself. You aren’t as special and you think you are. Nobody will accept you. You are alone. You aren’t worth loving. I suddenly get dizzy and I just want to go home where I’m not afraid of anything; where it’s safe.
Sound familiar? We tend to fight our battles against fear and insecurity and then become comfortable in our victory, to only be blindsided by our sudden fear. Maybe your thought process,insecurity, and setting aren’tthe same as mine, but we all have our special brand of kryptonite. We can’t become too comfortable, because although we may have won a battle, we haven’t always won the war. We need to keep ourselves ready for that sneaky thing called fear. We don’t need to worry or dwell on the things that wake the sleeping giant, but we need to guard our heart and mind, allowing us to be ready when something triggers our fears.
How do we do this? Well there’s not a special formula. But there is a special relationship. Of course the basic, typical Christian answer comes to mind: prayer and scripture reading. Do you realize as Christians this most simple discipline is the most difficult. We get caught up in life and don’t have time to have our devotional and prayer time. It’s not just about doing these things like, ok whew I checked that off my list today. Yay me…and then pat myself on the back and tell God “Your welcome for being a good Christian.” It’s about hearing from God whether it’s from scripture or from him speaking to us through prayer and revelation. Listen for him everyday, all day, from people, nature, and circumstances. It’s less about “doing a devotional” and more about spending time with God and allowing Him to wallpaper your heart and mind; allowing him to dress you with armor for the daily battle. Invite God to fight and celebrate with you all day, and let’s stop quickly hanging out with him for ten minutes before we rush off to work. Everyday is a battlefield as we fight for freedom from fear, in order to set other captives free. We weren’t freed to just feel cozy and secure the rest of our lives. We were freed to grow beyond fighting for ourselves, but fighting for others and fighting for what’s right in the world. The enemy shoots arrows of fear in order to keep you from reaching out to unlock other people’s chains. Sometimes we feel comfortable with our spiritual growth and think our past fears and insecurities are not an issue anymore. But being prepared at all times can change your life and the life of others. Don’t let fear back you into a corner. The Lord will help you fight ! The peaceful presence of God is a training ground. Karate chop that fear with strength only God can give.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 1 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 1Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:10-18