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Monday, July 27, 2009

Fearless- More than a Feeling

I am sure at some point in your life you tried to imagine you were blind. You may have even taken just a few steps with your eyes closed and if you were like me you became totally disoriented in a matter of moments.

It is so unnatural for us to walk without looking where we are going isn’t it? But when we read 2 Corinthians 5:7 it is precisely what Paul is instructing us to do, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

We are still in our series regarding fear and I am sharing with you some of the tools and weapons I used to fight my way out of paralyzing fear; the Word, prayer and now faith.

When going through this difficult time in my life, I took this scripture in 2 Corinthians and stood on it but I also would tell myself, yes I am walking by faith and not by sight, but I am also walking by faith and not by how I feel.

This is huge when you are battling anxiety and fear because the symptoms you experience are so physical. Your heart races, blood pressure rises, hands become clammy and your chest feels like a 20lb bowling ball is resting on top of it.

So as I went through every day I had to tell myself, I am walking by faith and not how I feel, because I felt like I was going to have a heart attack at any given moment.

It was at this point that my faith had to be stronger than my fear.

As I counsel with people, one of the first things I share with them regarding breaking the stronghold of fear in their life is no matter how you feel, remember, you are walking by faith.

You see, the enemy will use how you are feeling to make you think you are no closer to your freedom. He will infect you with these thoughts, because I am feeling all these physical symptoms, because my thoughts are being constantly bombarded with negative things, because I am struggling with depression, therefore I must be losing ground. Lies. Lies. Lies.

Those are the moments I had to vehemently remind myself and the enemy, I AM WALKING BY FAITH AND NOT HOW I FEEL.

And pretty soon what I felt was no longer fear but peace.

Whatever you are going through right now, even if it is something different than the paralyzing fear I encountered, you have no need to worry. God has already conquered fear and death and gives you and me the complete and full assurance that nothing can pluck us out of His mighty hand.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Take everyday one faith step at a time and it will not be long before you too will come out on the other side. There you will find peace, rest and joy. And you will definitely have a faith that is stronger than any fear.

Blinded by faith,

Tina

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