Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. — Genesis 1:1 NASB
Many times, I’ve stood outside on a clear night and peered into the heavens. Wow! The One who created this splendor—the stars, the moon, the planets—dwells inside me. Amazing! And to think He created the heavens, the earth and the seas, the sea creatures, birds, cattle, creeping things, beasts, and man in only six days is more than amazing. God spoke His creation into existence, and it was complete.
So if God’s Spirit indwells me, why do I fear?
Why do I worry?
Why do I fret?
Because I limit what He is able to do.If God’s Spirit indwells me, why do I fear? Click To Tweet
Oh, I agree with the next Christian that God is able to do anything. But I often think He won’t do something big for me, or His promises don’t apply to me, or perhaps what I’m asking isn’t His will.
When I think like this, I believe the lies of the enemy, the one who prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). Unfortunately, many of us believe lies, and we don’t even realize it.
When Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, Jesus refuted the enemy with God’s truth.
We should do the same.
When fear, worry, and fret creep into our thoughts, we must follow Jesus’ example and combat these thoughts and emotions with Scripture. Below are a few verses to get you started. Write them on a note card. Carry them with you. Memorize them.
“‘Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand’” (Isaiah 41:10 NASB).
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34 NASB).
“The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NASB).
Lord God, thank You for Your Word, thank You for Your truth that is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Lord, whatever this reader is facing, You’re in control. May she tuck Your truth into her heart, so when fear, worry, and fret invade, she is able to combat those thoughts and emotions with Scripture. Thank You for Your amazing love, grace, and compassion. In Jesus’ name, amen.
About Hope for the Valley
Hope for the Valley is the ministry God has entrusted to J.K. Stewart—wife, breast cancer survivor, and follower of Jesus Christ. Soon after her diagnosis, she started a women’s cancer support group. Two years later, she launched Hope for the Valley, a website of devotions and prayers for women with cancer. J.K. lives in Texas with her husband, dog, and four cats. When she’s not writing, she’s either studying her Bible, walking her dog, or vacuuming pet hair. Connect with her and the ministry of Hope for the Valley on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.