I have struggled with fear at one time or another for as long as I can remember. I have prayed about this many times, and God has been faithful so many many times. I am ashamed to say that this morning I have been struggling with this fear issue again. I woke up this morning to howling winds(gust up in the 80mph range is some areas), my house is shaking and I have been struggling with fear for my home being damaged, my family, ect. I know in my heart and my head that God is faithful and He will never abandon me, I know this is true, so it is self that keeps giving room to these thoughts and fears and for that I am so, sorry and so ashamed. Please if the Lord leads you pray for me not to give into these fears, pray that i will walk in HIM and just trust no matter what the day brings. I long to walk in faith and not fear, I pray so much for the day when these kinds of storms will arise and I will stand firm on the Rock of Christ Jesus with out a shred of fear to stumble me.
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Praying sister :-)
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Go to the aid of Your Child.
She has asked not to fear, and You are the only One who can deliver her from fear.
We trust You Lord, to grant her request, in Jesus Name.
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Thank you for your prayers. I will check out the link you included Frank, now that we have our power back on:) I just wanted to share that after I posted this morning I just got into the Bible and spent time praying and seeking the Lord and all the fear just went away. Through out the day as the storm passed I just kept my eyes on Jesus and didn't really let my mind have time to dwell on things. I took captive my thoughts as they came up and just prayed and each time the Lord gave me peace and helped me keep my thoughts on HIM. Even though it was stormy and windy all day, it turned out to be a very blessed day for me in HIM!!
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Thank you Frank, I did read over the teaching you shared, it was very helpful. I know in my heart I do not have to give in to fear, I know its my choice. When I have times of struggle it helps me to remember, If God is for me...Who can be against me.
May I ask you, do you still struggle with fear any longer? Is this something that you have been able to over come in HIM?
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We all have probably stuggled with some kind of fear MJ. I went through the 1964 Alaskan earthquake when I was 11. Any time the earth would shake I would panic, even after becoming a christian.
I have found two things have delivered me. One is lining the words of my mouth up with the word of God:
Quote:I proclaim that verse over myself no matter what fear shows its ugly head.
2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Then I came to find out that fear is the from the fear of death, and I began to realize that if I die, I see the face of Jesus. If I really believe this it sets me free. Also that I will not go one minute before God chooses to take me home. So it is useless to fear.
Hbr 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Mar 4:38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
Mar 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Quote:We do not need to walk in fear if take ever thought captive.
Mar 4:40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
I live in north Alabama now, in tornado alley, and because of coming to understand that I will not die one minute before I am supposed to I can walk in peace when everybody else is freaking out. Hey what can you threaten me with, heaven? seeing Jesus' face?
Now the tougher one is my kids. First they are not walking with the Lord yet, but will be. But I remember this word:
Quote:I committed my children to Him when little babies and He will take care of them.
2Ti 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
Does that mean we will not taste death? No we probably will, but:
Quote:We can know that if we abide in Him we will just step over into a much better place.
1Cr 15:56 The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law.
Quote:Walk in peace and assurance that our Savior is faithful to keep that which we committ unto Him. Sleep in the bow of your boat.
Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Peace and blessing to you!
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HI Maryjane, I would say that I have had victory over fear. I do not say that because I no longer fear, I often have moments of fear, I say it because it no longer rules me. One of the greatest moments of my life was a few years after I got saved. I was diagnosed with stage three pulmonory fibrosis. Prior to coming to Christ I always had a fear of dying( although again, no one would have know it) And here it was, disease without cure. The treatment was daily high doses of prednisone (70mg) A few weeks after beginning the treatment, the Lord whispered into my ear " come away with me Frank, put all your trust in me." I knew exactly what He meant, He wanted me to come of the pills(please, no one make this a formula, it is not)
Well, I decided to come of the pills. The specialist was angry with me and told me what would happen. My wife, my poor wife was distraught, just six weeks prior we had a child who had Down Syndrome and who had also a very serious medical condition that thratened his life. Well meaning friends came and told me how wrong I was and how irresponsible I was being. Everything eveyone was saying made logical sense, but.........the small still voice. The specialist was part of a national study and asked if I would continue to come in and he could take x-rays and study my regression, I agreed. Now, the most importnat part of this testimony is that at no time did the Lord say He was going to heal me, I was simply to trust Him. In the midst of this situation I was engulfed in the grace of God. It is true that when the enemy comes in like a flood then the Lord certainly does raise up a standard, His grace was entirely sufficient for me.
After three months, and going downhill quite quickly, just as the doctor had surmized, I got a call at 5.30 in the morning from Scotland. It was my mother. It was a Monday and she had been praying for her son and the Lord had spoken to her. He told her that He was going to heal me. She was to go to a certain prayer meeting on a the Tuesday night and ask to have my situation lifted up in prayer. She had no idea that I was to have one of my scheduled x-rays to measure my "regression,' on the Wednesday. I went there, as I had done every two weeks for the previous three months. The specialist called me into his office, he was a Jewish man. He had my x-rays up on his board with the light still not turned on. He said "Frank, I do not know what you are going to call this," and he flicked the light on. There it was, perfectly clear lungs. "Irreversible fibrosis," gone. He knew what I was going to call it:) I guess the point of telling that story was that the Lord had made me face my worse fear and because I surrendered my life into His hands, made a descision to trust Him, then the fear of death was conquered. I think the Lord, as He sanctifies His children, makes them face all of their fears, and if we surrender our lives into His hands, make a concious descision in every situation to trust HIm and know that there is nothing to big for our God, then we can walk in victory. Now remember, the victory for me was not that I lived or was healed, the victory was over that I had overcame fear because I had decided to trust in Him who overcame all things. I see a priciple here in tackling every fear............brother Frank
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Thank you for sharing your testimony here with me Frank it is very encouraging to me. There are times when the fear I struggle with is so silly, I mean it will be for no real good reason at all. I do believe though it is a lack of faith and trust on my part when I give into these battles with fear. I have seen that its almost as if I am saying "ok Lord you can not handle this situation so I have to take over." Perhaps I struggle with control or wanting control more then I am aware of.
Father has brought me a long way from where I was, I use to go into full blown panic attacks and end up sitting in the corner thinking I was going to die. God is so kind and merciful, He has been there each time fear comes and many many times He has spoken to me and I know if I keep moving forward in HIM, He will keep me. No matter what happens!
One thing that really made such a difference yesterday was when I got into the Bible and just began to pray and seek God. I began to pray for my neighbors homes and safety during the storm and it really gave me such peace. I think taking my focus off of self and on to Jesus really helped me see that I have nothing to be fearful about. My dh suggested I write this down so the next time I feel this struggle come on I can read over how God worked in my life and remember how faithful He is. Also I know that the prayers of those here helped me to and I am very grateful for them.
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Maryjane you write......
"I do believe though it is a lack of faith and trust on my part when I give into these battles with fear. I have seen that its almost as if I am saying "ok Lord you can not handle this situation so I have to take over." Perhaps I struggle with control or wanting control more then I am aware of."
I think you may have identified the problem of all fear. Here is what I love about the Lord though, He knows exactly who we are and lovingly restores us, sanctifies us, inot the image of His Son. Our job is to yield to HIm, to surrender to Him. Here is what I truly learned from the testimony that I shared with you, and it has been burned into my spirit "I am not leaving this planet one second before the Lord deems it. I am His, I am HIs servant, I have been bought with a price, He has a plan for my life that will play out. That may be a 46 year plan(I an 45) or a 90 year plan, no matter, He will have His way and I am His. If He has a plan for me, no scheme of the enemy is going to wrestle me out of His hand. I love what Hudson Taylor said when he pricked himself with a needle of deadly poisen and was told to go home and put his house in order. My paraphrase " God has a plan for me to go to China, therefore how can it be that I am going to die?" No poisen, no disease, no evil entity can thwart the plans of God. And of course the reverse is true, if He plans to take me home tomorrow, then nothing can change that plan either. I am in His Hand............brother Frank
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