It is War 3
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and
of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7). NKJ
Part Three of Three
When I considered spiritual war chains, it took faith in the power of
God to deliver me. First, I had to make a conscious decision to
believe what I read in the Bible. I found that He is faithful and if
He said He would stay with me, then He would. He said when we call, He
will answer. He does. Faith is hard when God can’t be seen or felt
with your hands, but He never leaves us alone, no matter what.
Second, He gave me a wonderful, loving community. This included those
in the professional community. As I interacted with these dear friends
and family, they encouraged me to trust God through waiting and
continuing to believe what I read in the Bible even through contrary
circumstances. They shared their prayer support with me as well as
their knowledge and experience. They waited with me.
Third, I had to make determined efforts to get rid of the dark
thoughts as they came. That’s when I usually ran for my Bible. God’s
Word strengthens the shield of faith and it is the sword, after all!
No darkness is too dark for God to penetrate! No darkness of mind is
too great for Him. He restores our souls. I found that out of such
oppression comes a cry of anguish and all other things are squeezed
out except the longing for God and He is there.
I learned a few other things as well. In trying to understand this
battle, I came to see that the Holy Spirit is the real power over all.
No created thing can overcome its Creator. That includes the unseen
beings in opposition to us. I learned to pray always. We must be
persistent through the battle because the devil is persistent. He’s
had centuries of practice, too. So we must be more persistent. We have
the Holy Spirit’s power, and the devil must flee as we lean into God.
Fear is crazy making. Things sound normal that are not normal. Fear
makes us act on ideas that are not true. Fear makes us want to run
away instead of standing strong. Fear paralyzes us when danger comes
from without or within.
God provides sound mind for us. Mental health comes from attitudes,
choices, taking care of our bodies and minds. Getting rest physically
will refresh our bodies. To choose what we will allow to linger in our
minds will alter the course of our attitudes. Set those “eye and ear
gates” toward positives. Think on those things.
Sound mind sometimes may mean taking yourself out of a situation
temporarily or permanently. Sound mind always means going to God on
We don’t have to live with fear because if Jesus has saved us then we
are covered by His Name and His Blood. Oppression has no place in us.
We have power through the Blood of the Lamb.
We have love because Jesus loves us and gave Himself for us.
We have sound mind because it’s clear and washed clean, and we
God’s Word for our protection.
We are free to worship the God who loves us. The antithesis of fear
and delight. How can God delight in our worship of Him if we are in
fear and not delighting in it? He longs for us to delight in Him. Go
ahead and sing at the top of your lungs and dance. Let the spirits of
darkness hear it and shudder.
How good God is! All the time! No matter what!
LJR Photo: Linda Jo Reed is the author of “Upheld In The Battle”. She
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