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Changes in Life Made You Fearful?
Linda M. Cross
Have Changes in Your Life Made You Fearful?
Let's face it - we all go through changes!
Change can be a bad thing or good - depending on what we choose.
There was a period of time in my life in the last 5 years that out of the
"Top 10 Stresses" - I had a bunch! The death of a close friend, health issues,
moving, loss of job, and financial issues do to lack of income!
When we are under stress, we really find out what we have on the inside.
Do we really trust the Lord to see us through, or do we worry?
I had not only become anxious, I had allowed a "spirit of fear" to enter into my life.
How do I know it was a spirit of fear? Well, the Bible says the "God has
not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7.
It says in 1 John, "Fear has torment." and that "Perfect love casts out fear".
I was being tormented. Never, ever have I had problems with
uncontrollable thoughts, a heaviness on my chest, and a sense
of fear controlling my life.
Why was this happening? That was the question I had for the Lord!
After all, I was a Christian! It's not suppose to happen to a Christian.
Not to mention, we had been pastors for the past 25 years.
So what was happening? The Bible tells us "not to give place to the
enemy." We are to "submit ourselves to God, resist the devil and he
will flee." (Run in terror - is what the Greek reads). I had opened a door
and allowed the devil to come in and torment me. We had closed down
a church we had started, and I felt like I had let God down - like I had missed Him.
Thus, I allowed myself to become anxious, worried and I opened
myself up to a spirit of fear.
Years later, I realize that the Lord had not left me, and that He loved me,
and that He has a plan for my life - even if I miss it! There was
never a moment that He didn't love me. I just didn't love myself.
I had to repent of my sin of allowing that spirit in my life. I emailed
a pastor friend after I had had two panic attacks and asked him to
pray for me. I told him what was wrong and he told me, "that sounds
like a spirit of fear." He told me to come in for prayer.
Sunday night came and I went to the prayer and deliverance service
they have every Sunday night. I went in with the uncontrollable thoughts,
the heaviness on my chest and fear, and when he prayed for me -
IMMEDIATEDLY the spirit of fear left, the heaviness left, and the
uncontrollable thoughts left! I was FREE!
I have been free since that time and I never ever want to allow
fear to torment me again! If you are experiencing the same
thing as I did - there is FREEDOM! Jesus has come to set you FREE!
You can get free by repenting of your sins, asking Jesus to forgive you
and asking Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit. He will!
Jesus said in Luke 10:19
"Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions,
and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you."
Find a believer in Jesus who knows the Bible and his/her authority
and study the Bible with them. Start in the Gospel of John. Get to know
Jesus and His Word and stay filled with His Spirit - praying in the Spirit
Until next time.
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