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
This verse has been one of the most used weapons in my arsenal of scriptures. Over the years, I’ve used it to combat fear that has come against me in various ways. When fear knocks, I open the door, stare it in the face and say to it, “Not today! God hasn’t given me the spirit of fear, but power, love and a sound mind. My mind will focus on the faithfulness of my Father, and my will and emotions will follow!” Then I shut the door.
If fear persists, I throw on some worship music and have myself a ‘remember’ moment. Where I remember all that God has done for me in the past and all He’s currently doing, then I go on to remember that His faithfulness will be forever! Here is an example of what I do. I hope this helps you in your war on fear.
“I remember when we had no food in the cupboards and you sent someone to deliver groceries to our dining room table. I remember when Shannon was suffering from an ear infection and you relieved the pain. I remember when you delivered both our girls from destructive relationships and you will continue to do that for our grandchildren.
“I remember when the deal with this house fell apart and we were ready to walk away and wait, but Your favor was on us and they pursued us. I thank You that what You start, You finish because Your Word says, ‘He who began a good work in me is faithful to complete it.’ You never leave anything half done. Every Word that comes out of Your mouth, finds a home and does what it was sent to do.
“Thank You that the power of Your love changes things. It changed our marriage. It changed our family. It changed our friendships and it changed me forever. May I see everyone through Your love so that I may be full of mercy and compassion, treating people fairly. May I not be worldly minded, but surrender my sound mind to You and think of how You would do things, following Your example.
“One last thing Lord, for everyone who reads this letter of encouragement, may they add this verse to their own arsenal and use it each day. May they remember that Your mercies are new each morning and great is Your faithfulness. May Your love wrap them up and warm them today as they hold their head high, walking in the power and authority You gave them. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”