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Fear: Satan's Trump Card

by Kris
(Pearl, Mississippi, USA)

Last time we met, I ended the lesson saying that our next topic to discuss would be fear.


God�s word does not promise us that we will not face circumstances that are frightening to us, nor does God promise to immediately deliver us from the fearful circumstance once we turn to Him! (See the story of Daniel and the lions� den in Daniel 6 and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel 3) He DOES promise, as seen in these 2 stories and countless others that He will never leave us.

Fear steals our joy and prevents us from living the victorious life that God intended for His children. Fear is a trump card for Satan and is an emotion common to everyone. Satan uses it to distract us, to confuse us, to cause us to doubt God�s goodness and faithfulness, and to stop us inour tracks; but a fearful circumstance can also provide us with a blessed opportunity to trust our Father to be faithful to His word �I will not leave you� and to gain courage in our walk with Him. Our comfort is not found in knowing the outcome of a fearful circumstance, but in knowing that God is with us and is not leaving! When I talk about dealing with fear, please understand...I know what fear is and exactly what it feels like.

This summer, after 2 years being cancer free, tests revealed that not only did I have cancer again, but it had invaded more if the tissue of my larynx and was more aggressive than before. Added to this was the news that it was inoperable.
I will save all the other details for other posts. The important thing to know now is that I had to face my 2 biggest fears: cancer recurrence and radiation.

The FIRST thing I had to realize was that the thing feared was not what I knew (I have cancer), but rather what I didn�t know (Will the cancer will kill me? Will I lose my voice permanently? How sick will the radiation make me?).

We fear the unknown, what we cannot control, and what we do not understand. There is nothing at all we can do about the unknown...it will remain unknown until it is known.

I want to use Mary, the Mother of Jesus, as an example of what to do with the �what ifs� that go along with the "unknowns" of life. Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel and told that she�d bear a son, which made no sense, since she was a virgin. You can read all about it in Luke Chapter 1. I want to draw attention to verse 38:

�I am the Lord�s servant,� Mary answered. �May it be to me as you have said.�

Mary must have had a million �what ifs�, but she knew who she served. She knew who was in control. She knew that God would take care of the details and that He had a plan and a purpose. Just think of the blessing she received....the Mother of the Savior of the world!

Granted, we�ll not likely be visited by the angel Gabriel and given a message from God about things which we cannot understand. But we DO have God�s Word and His Word tells us �Do not be afraid�.

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) reassures us:
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

I am thankful to say that I DID apply this lesson to my situation this summer. I truly trusted that God would not leave me and that He had a plan and a purpose for me having cancer. I can honestly say that my prayer was that God would use my battle with cancer to bring glory to Him, to strengthen the faith of those around me and to further strengthen my relationship with Him.

Now, after the fact, not only has God delivered me from cancer once again, but I can see where my battle with cancer touched others� lives. I can see where God was working even while I was so sick. I am blessed in that can honestly say that I trusted Him completely during that frightening time in my life...and my relationship with Him and my testimony is stronger for it.

What are you afraid of?


How can God use this situation to use you to bring glory to Himself?
By strengthening your faith?
By strengthening the faith of those around you?


Do you believe that God will never leave you? If so, do you believe that this promise is enough to get you through frightening times?? If not, I challenge you to search His Word for this promise.

Let�s pray:
Father God,
Help me to search Your Word for truths about Your faithfulness to Your children. Instill in my heart a total and complete trust in You alone. Help me learn to stop using my circumstances as a measure of my safety and security and to learn instead to trust in my relationship with You. Help me to trust that You have a plan and a purpose in all things so that I will not be overwhelmed and frightened when I face the unknown.
Amen

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Fear NEW
by: Rosie

Thanks for writing about fear. I have PTSD and fear is one of the symptoms. I'm always looking for ways to deal with this condition and this lesson helped.

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Thank you so much! NEW
by: Adrienne

I thank you for sharing your journey. I feel it has truly blessed me. I have also been struggling with fear and I feel it has altered my life to certain extent. It is something that I have to work on so God can use me. Again, thank you for sharing.

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by: Paloma

Satan has always used fear to control me. Thanks for the bible verse, i will be using it when I feel afraid. I just find it amazing the things we have to go through to make us who we are. It's a beautiful thing. I always wondered why God has put me through what I felt like wwas hell and back but I now know it was all part of his plan and for his bigger purpose. Its amazing.

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Thanks for the comments!
by: Kris

Thanks Ladies for the comments!

I don't ever want to write for the approval of people and I believe strongly that God uses us in ways we will never know this side of Heaven...
BUT It is very reassuring and encouraging to know that God is ministering to you through me!

I will be praying for you as you continue to seek God's face and His plan for your life.

Please commit to memory and claim the following whenever Satan tries to cripple you with fright...

"He who is in me is GREATER than he who is in the world." 1John 4:4

Satan is NOT God's evil equivilant. Satan was created by God. God is all powerful....Satan is not. Satan is only as powerful as God allows!

As a Child of God, you do NOT have to fear!

(((hug)))

K

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A God Thing
by: Shelley

I just "happened" to stumble across this site tonite. After goin thru it for an hour now, I believe that this is a total God Thing ...

I have battled fear, all my life. I am 48 yrs old, a pastor's daughter, mother and soon to be married to my high school sweetheart, another God thing ...

I have prayed, til I dont have any words left, over this problem. I dont know the root. I do know that it is a spirit, according to God's Word, and that it has to go. It has kept me from living the life that Jesus died for me to have.

Thank you for covering this subject, and I ask for your prayers.

S.

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I'm Excited!
by: Liz

Hi Kris,

I was excited to find this site today! I have struggled to make my journey with God consistent and I hope that maybe your writings/thoughts will help me stay connected with Him. I'm thankful for a new year and a new opportunity to be used by Him. Thanks for allowing God to use you.
Looking forward to new things! God bless you!
Liz :)

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Thank You!
by: Beth Feisel

Kris,

I woke up late this morning with a bit of a headache (weather change does this to me sometimes!) and did not have my usual time of meditation and reading my Bible.

Thank you for sharing your personal insight into some of my favorite Scriptures! I thank God for you, the miracles He's worked in your life, and for the miracles He will work in the lives of others as a result of His power and your faithfulness! Blessings to you and your precious family!!!

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Thank you
by: Anonymous

It is hard when I am afraid to stop and remember who is in control. I have not thought about the fact that the thing i fear is the "unknown". Thank you for this reminder and for putting it in simple terms.
I guess the bottom line is that God is bigger than anything that I am afraid of.
Hope you continue to be healthy!
Sara

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