It’s easy to look to the right, to the left, and give in to dismay and despair, but God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear. The truth is that God gives us supernatural power, love that’s otherworldly, and absolute clarity in the midst of the storm.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
In Carter Conlon’s book Fear Not, he shares what it means to let fear and dismay work against us. His words are a comfort to those walking through multiple crises at once – it may seem dire but Satan doesn’t win.
“Fear is anticipation that we may suffer harm or that things might go wrong. Fear often gives way to dismay which is discouragement. Fear arises in our hearts when something of strength superior to our own opposes us, and dismay comes when we consider our own resources. We look inside ourselves and come to the wrong conclusion that even with Christ within us, we’re not strong enough to fight the battle in front of us.”
Satan wants us to take our eyes off of God. He wins battles when believers choose fear instead of faith. Instead we can fix our eyes on Jesus and His power. Jesus has already overwhelmed Satan – he’s just stirring up dust. In reality, no threats or evil can conquer us.
Susie’s shares a prayer for those who are battling fear and discouragement.
“May we stand firm, seek absolutely clarity, and anchor ourselves to God’s promises regardless of what we’re facing. The promises will still be there when the dust settles; our adversary will not.”
Featured Songs: Eyes on the Prize by Sara Groves; Power of Your Name by Lincoln Brewster and Darlene Zschech; When the Saints by Sara Groves