If you have never been afraid in the way I am gonna be describing in this post, that just tells you why you may never seem to understand the fear and torment some others go through daily.
If you know someone full of fear, then you might let them know that they aren’t stuck, they can come out pretty fine and fearless. I for sure am an example.
I was once crippled by fear and couldn’t run nor walk away from it. I felt trapped and doomed for life with all its torments. Years back, I had no idea I would ever walk out of that prison.
Fear is torment and has destroyed great minds and sadly some live daily in fear. Today I share my story unashamed!
Many years back I believed in the lie that the devil could run things in my life especially since I was a Christian I thought Boy ! I am the target. I thought if I prayed I was drawing Satan’s attention towards me and that if I tried to cast him out he was gonna deal with me. I had believed that I was in a constant battle with this defeated foe.
Friends, I was young and naive about the Holy Spirit and His ministry in my life, though I love the Lord, I wallowed in fear because I didn’t really know who a Christian was, I thought it was all about believing in Jesus and professing it so. I feared the devil and for a time, Christianity seemed weak to me and wasn’t that exciting to me. I was so fearful!
I was afraid of the dark and afraid to be alone or isolated even in the broad daylight. It crippled my confidence, I thought the devil was gonna poison my food if I took a break to the bathroom in-between my meal so, I would often bless the food again or change it if I was dissatisfied.
I prayed in fear, fear of sin, death and the devil, I literally worshiped out of fear. My prayers were all about, Lord please protect…hide, cover, shelter, keep, send your Angel.. I knew so much of the devil and his ministry, but sadly, I knew so little of God and his love towards me. I never knew that I had innumerable amount of Angels assigned at my service (Hebrews 12:22)
I used to think that Jesus only came to die and save me from sin and was now expecting me to live right or stand to be condemned on judgement day. I was also terrified by the thought that I might go to hell since I had no personal assurance of salvation neither did I understand the gospel like I do now and so my lifestyle was aimed at securing a place in heaven. How wrong I was!
Whenever I read about Jesus, I fell in love with him, I believed him, I could see the power and audacity in His words, the fearlessness of the disciples, their boldness portrayed a different walk of life and I wanted to have that. Evidently, the only thing Jesus says about the devil points out to the church just how powerless the devil is.
“Remarkable” I thought. However, when I came back into my world, fear surrounded me. A time came when I was sore afraid of seeing visions especially if I was praying alone and my eyes got opened that I asked the Lord not to show me such things – How ignorant and vulnerable I was.
I couldn’t go to bed if I hadn’t prayed religiously since nightmares had become a routine, sleep and night became things I dreaded. I almost never had siestas, How could I, when I wished I could just avoid sleeps altogether because, it just so happened that whenever I closed my eyes, I was dreaming again?
To make matters worst, I could never sleep with the lights off for fear of the unknown. Courtesy of Nollywood and the supposed Christian films, that never built my Faith in God but rather developed more objects of fear in my mind, portraying the Christian as weak and God as late.
However, after I had received the Holy Spirit, (though I didn’t know much about this amazing gift of God) things started taking a new turn, the more I read the scriptures the more I couldn’t pray or agree to some forms or language of prayers. And often times I was hoping that someone will teach me how.
I knew there had to be a better way to experience the life I saw the Bible heroes and heroine had had. for that to be, I knew that meant fear had to depart. I really wanted to be everything I saw the Bible spell out.
I started this journey of courage and boldness while I was still in the boarding school, but since my faith wasn’t based on accurate knowledge of the word, it struggled. sometimes I did well other times I just fumbled, but I never gave up trying.
True freedom comes by knowing the truth. I thank God so much for the man of God Pastor Chris. One of the many things God used him to bring change into my life, was to expel fear from my life entirely. Today, I go back treading on those places I used to dread going, I walk alone in the dark, I sleep with the lights off. Prayer has become fellowship for me rather than a war zone or a an environment where Satan’s drawn to me but rather God’s presence emanates through me in the time of prayer and I am always excited to see Visions.
The devil is a defeated foe indeed. He is a looser and he has been disarmed and can only play with your mind, and speak lies to you. Once you believe his lie, you are trapped. It’s the same way with the truth, you believe it and you are saved-made free.
Jesus emphasized on our believing for every message and promises of God. We believe in Jesus’s power and are saved from darkness to light. When you believe in Satan’s power, you translate yourself backwards to where you were loosed from.
Ask yourself these few questions:
If Satan ran my life or has the power over my life indeed, what do I think he would like to do the most? – get rid of you right? but why hasn’t he done that? how old are you now?
Afraid of darkness or uncertainties? how come I sleep and wake up everyday, I go through the nights into every morning. If that’s so, why are am I still afraid? – if the nights you were sore afraid of, you made it through, why should you be afraid over and over again? See: when you feared was the best opportunity for the devil yet he couldn’t take you. So why give him another piece of attention?
If the devil could stop you in life, he would have at least stopped you from reading this post to his shame, but he couldn’t.
Jump up High and scream for Joy! Satan hasn’t got power over you, your children or anyone. You can take away that liberty he enjoyed over you through deception. Scare him off and put him where he belongs- under your foot!
It’s that easy: allow God’s Word to re-frame your mind and thoughts about you and God. Here are a few of the many scriptures to build your mind and spirit against fear. NEXT TIME FEAR COMES, SAY IT IS WRITTEN..
About you: Isaiah 8:12
“Do not call conspiracy everything these people regard as conspiracy. Do not fear what they fear; do not live in dread
Luke 10;19 Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.
Mark 16:17-18 ” And these signs will follow those who [a]believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they[b] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.
About the Devil: Colossians 2;15
New International Version
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
New Living Translation
In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.
About God. COLOSSIANS 2;10
And you have been made complete in Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
DON’T VOICE YOUR FEARS, SHOUT YOUR FAITH- Meditate upon these things, give yourself wholly to them and I assure you that your change will be evident to all.