Originally posted on Living Better 50 magazine
Fear is not from God, but there should be a reverent fear of the Lord. There is also the fear that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. That kind of fear is a warning telling us we should not be where we are.
The kind of fear I am talking about is fear the enemy sends our way. Once we let that kind of fear take root, it can become the mode in which we operate from. My fear from a childhood trauma caused me to parent out of a “mode of fear” more often than once. With God, I have been able to overcome it and you can overcome your fears, too.
The enemy wants to see God’s plan for our lives fail. He loads up a big flaming arrow of fear and fires it into our camp. All it takes is one little spark to start a raging fire of fear in our hearts. If you have a hurt from your childhood, shame from a past mistake, or fear of rejection, the enemy is going to look for a crack in your armor and he is going to fire right at it. God, however, has given us the ability to extinguish all those flaming arrows. He has given us the most powerful weapon, “faith”. Ephesians 6:16 says, “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”(NIV)
Fear is one of the most powerful weapons he tries to use against us, but with faith, we can overcome fear. If you are operating out of a mode of fear, you don’t have to any more. Go to the Lord, tell Him your fears and ask Him to take them away. Claim the truth of God’s word over your life. Fear that cripples us, that takes us away from living life victoriously, is not from God. “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV)
You can claim scripture for yourself in a prayer. Not sure what I mean? Deuteronomy 31:6 can be put into a prayer like this:
Lord, Your word tells us to be strong and of good courage. I need You to give me that strength and courage. I no longer want to be afraid, and Lord, I believe You are the one who goes with me. I believe You will not leave me or forsake me. I give You my fear, Lord, because with You, I do not need to fear. Thank you, God, for being here for me always. Amen.
When you raise your shield of faith, you can extinguish the flaming arrows. There may be times when you feel you need help to hold up your shield of faith. If you find yourself in a place where you feel too worn out to fight, you can ask others to pray, too. Don’t ever think you are weak because you ask for prayer. To call in reinforcements that can raise their shields of faith around you is a strategic move. A good soldier never goes into battle alone and you don’t have to either. When the arrows come flying at you, raise your shield and call in reinforcements. Stand strong with your feet planted on the word of God and you will extinguish the flaming arrows of the enemy.