If you knew a thief was headed to your home like little Kevin in Home Alone, you too would prepare for his/her arrival or hit 911 on your speed dial. You would stay alert and block that thief with everything you got.
Although that was just hypothetically speaking, I wanted to remind us of one major thief or violator who often heads to our homes and brings his crew to try to move in; his name is Satan. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10 NIV)
Lately, I have noticed that what I assumed was just feeling light-headed and simply stressed had been anxiety attacks. Not only have I had anxiety attacks, but awful dreams. I felt like my dreams were being invaded. I quickly went into prayer and mentally reviewed my activities, thoughts, etc. to make sure I had not given the devil access to my life or dreams. I had not watched anything nor done anything that would make me dream such awful things. I had been reading a Christian book about the authority of the Christian believer and the break down of how the devil/demons operate so I considered maybe that had something to do with the dreams.
However, it hit me; the devil has done it again. The devil was up to his same old tricks. He comes to steal, kill and destroy. As I prayed and researched scriptures on anxiety to declare deliverance, the Holy Spirit opened up my understanding of things. I have come to realize that fear manifests itself in various ways and that this is one thing that I have yet to fully release. I was reminded that the same God who delivered me from stomach issues and depression can deliver me from anxiety. Someone also recently told me the acronym for F.E.A.R: False Evidence Appearing Real.
Oh that was right on target. The devil, from day one, has been campaigning hard to get me to believe his FEAR. My body has been responding to the false evidence and my soul had believed the false evidence, but thank God for the Holy Spirit that resides in me. As I draw closer to God, step into new arenas, accomplish goals this year I had set long time ago, intercede for others and conquer new territories, I understand the devil will try to come in my life and steal my patience, kill my peace, and destroy my influence. I repeat though, I have the Holy Spirit inside of me. I also understand that there will be battles along my journey and within each battle something to learn and something to be delivered from.
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4 NIV)
Thank You for Your unfailing love. Thank You for keeping me and defending me when the thief creeps in. Thank You for also warning me, even though sometimes I fail to pay attention and stay alert. Thank You for delivering me from all those past issues and keeping me free from them. I pray I trust You to deliver me also from these issues I left unchecked. You are truly a covenant-keeper and a deliverer, and I stand on Your promises. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to stand on God’s promises and don’t believe the FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real). Bring the fear, issue, worry, complaint, doubt, etc. before our Almighty God who will handle and defeat it all! We are not victims, but victors. We are the heads and not the tails. We are conquerors and not losers. So when the devil intimidates us with fear, remind that annoying thief who we are in Christ Jesus and what God said would be his eternal reality. Last but not least, stay alert! Know the devil’s tactics, close the doors you left access for him to get in, commune with God daily, saturate in His word and fix your eyes on Jesus.
What lies has the devil been trying to get you to believe?
Read a related EM: Fear is Not an Option!
Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She help assists Chicago public high school students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a Compassion Person and Encourager and so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.