Did you know that there are 365 Bible verses about fear & anxiety in the bible? It’s because God knew it would be our greatest struggle here on earth because it’s Satan’s only weapon to use against us. Not only that but fear is the only thing that can keep us from God, knowing Him and fulfilling His plan for our lives and it has to end and some even believe fear is a natural and even harmless emotion but it is so far from harmless and fear can come in different ways and all of it is harmful.
It comes in the form of anxiety, it comes in the form of self-worth or lack there of, it comes in the form of shyness and nervousness and it even comes in the form of love which is most deceiving. Sometimes we want to hold onto our children a bit longer because tomorrow is not promised or we’re afraid of loosing them. It’s a form of fear. We’re afraid to raise our children in this world because of everything going on around it, we’re afraid to send them to schools, or send them on missions trips because we’re afraid of loosing them and I’m not saying cautiousness is fear.. Because that is not. There’s a difference. Caution is protecting them from danger and fear is holding back because of fear of what may happen. Fear cages and we’re not meant to be caged. We’re not meant to be tamed.
How do I do that? Sometimes at night before bed my oldest love Evelynne who’s four years old tells me she’s scared to go to bed.. I know how that feels because I have struggled with that too. Especially with my husband being gone most nights it can be easy to let a fearful imagination take place in my mind. But what I have learned to do is fight back and not just fight back but fight from victory and not for it. We already have the victory in Christ because He destroyed the sting of death and took back hell’s victory when He took it to His grave when He died at the cross and to seal the deal He rose three days later! We don’t fight for victory but from it. How do we do that? We powerfully speak it with faith and believe.
When my daughter comes to me telling me she’s scared because there is no age limit that the enemy preys on therefore it’s never too early to give them swords and teach them to fight. I go down to her level, look her in the eye and tell her “Evie, what does God tell us about fear? God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, love and peace! His love that He has already given us casts out all fear in Jesus’ Name!” We’re a family that fights back with swords (Being the bible) For it is the most powerful weapon there is.