For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
I received a text from a dear friend yesterday morning. She shared an experience she had on Sunday when she went to lunch with friends after church. As she checked the menu, she decided to order something different this time. When her meal arrived, she insisted it wasn’t what she ordered although her friends confirmed she has indeed ordered that.
Now this may not have bothered most people, but being in her early 80’s and having always been sharp minded, it really bothered her! No, it didn’t just bother her, it scared her. Can you relate? Nobody wants to lose their mind at any age. There is truth to the statement, ‘a mind is a terrible thing to waste’!
Here is my conversation with her:
Me: I understand. Don’t get stuck on it though. Ask God to give you a sound mind and worship over that promise. Don’t let fear take hold. It’s ok!
Friend: 😦 😦 😦 (3 sad face emojis)
Me: That’s right where satan wants you to be. But you need to let him know that God has not given you the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. Did you hear that? A sound mind! Now start worshipping God for that rather than focusing on one moment of forgetting.
Friend: Thank you
Me: You’re very welcome! Love you. See how easy it is to be persuaded that a lie is true? That’s why we are commanded to guard our hearts and minds. It is how we fight our battles! We speak the truth and we win over lies. It doesn’t matter how real those lies look in the natural, in the spirit realm we know the truth and the truth sets us free!
Friend: Happy face! I have never done anything like that, EVER!
Me: Well I sure have! I do understand how troubling it can be. Please understand that what the devil does is tries to get you focused on what happened instead of focusing on what the Word says. That’s why Jesus said; Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid! You have to trust the truth more than you trust what you just experienced. This is just a distraction! Don’t keep repeating what happened, keep repeating what the Word says! Your mind keeps looping that episode over and over and over in your head. Isn’t that what you’ve been experiencing since Sunday? And see how much it’s bothered you? But now that you know the truth, begin exchanging the Word for those thoughts. Each time the thoughts come, cast down those vain imaginations and exalt the name of Jesus!
Friend: Guess it means the devil attacked me where I was weak (vulnerable) and unaware I was fearful of because of my age…
Me: That’s the truth! He doesn’t go after areas you’re strong in. What’s the point? He’s always after the weak (vulnerable) areas.
Friend: I win! Jesus is my SAVIOR, MY REDEEMER, MY EVERYTHING!!!!
Me: You have the mind of Christ. A daughter of the great King. You think like God! When you speak His name, demons tremble. There is no one like you and no one can take your place. You are the Father’s favorite daughter. You always win!
Friend: NO MORE FEAR HERE!
So listen up my friends; for the truth to set you free, you must KNOW it. Know the Word! The weapons of our warfare are found in Ephesians 6:10-20, know them and use them! If you don’t understand it, read it in various translations and ask God to give you revelation on it.
Remember that the devil is always trying to distort the truth! I Peter 5:8 AMP says; Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. So be on guard! Fear does not come from God, it comes from satan. Recognize it as a trick to distract you and steal the peace of God from your heart. Don’t be complacent! Be aggressive! You can’t ignore him and hope he goes away.
Your fears may be different, but they’re still real and satan is using it as a tool to win in your mind. DON’T FORGET THE PROMISES OF GOD! You must believe them! If satan can convince you to change your confession of faith by putting more symptoms on you, he will! If he has to send more bills so you feel hopeless, he will. It’s how he works. Know how he works! Hebrews 10:23 says, Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.