Yesterday concluded with encouragement for you to consider God, the God who, according to Proverbs 18:10, is our Strong Tower. He is the God of all Gods to whom we can always run and be saved, saved and FREE.
So, dear sisters, IF, in fact, I am free, then I must require more of me. He, the LORD, enables and equips me for more. Rather than sitting still IN FEAR — fear of “whatever” could or would happen IF…
Rather than that, I can – I must – choose to get up and walk in power and sound thinking. I must take my thoughts captive and make them obedient to God and what His Word says is true. I must tell my fear to GO in Jesus Name!
I must remember to remember that I am NOT alone!
“Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
I could tell you lots of stories about my failure to walk in faith and obedience, of letting fear rule my thinking. But this Victory Call is not about all the ways I could and sometimes do let fear overwhelm. It is about God and all the ways I could tell you about His perfect love casting out fear IN moments of great distress.
Dear sister, whether you are like me or not, there may be a situation you are living with or within right now and there is only one thing for you to do – RUN!! Run to Abba! Let Him uphold you with His righteous right hand.
In Psalm 56:11 the psalmist writes, “In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
This is an awesome testimony to the power of trusting in God. Regardless of what happens, the psalmist will trust in God because he knows and understands the power of God. The key to overcoming fear, then, is total and complete trust in God. Trusting God is a refusal to give in to fear. It is a turning to God even in the darkest times and trusting Him to make things right. This trust comes from knowing God and knowing that He is good. As Job said when he was experiencing some of the most difficult trials recorded in the Bible, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15 NKJV).
Stephanie Dale Paul
Stephanie serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women of Character. She has been married for over 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. They have two grown children. Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.