Devotional,  Encouragement,  Fighting Fear

Set Your Spirit Free {Day 23}

{Day 23}

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and sound mind.”

~ 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

 

I don’t want to worry anymore.

Especially about my health. Or money. Or my kids acting like kids.

Everywhere I turn there is something I could fret over. Like at the time of this writing (2018), we had mold mushrooming in the corner of our bathroom closet next to our AC unit. With my husband pretty much fatigued day and night, this led my mind down another rabbit trail.

Could mold be the reason for his failing health? I’ve cried out for help, and I felt like God revealed things little by little. But today…I can’t worry.

My kids see it.

They feel it.

And I am not putting my trust in God who I know can handle this.

It’s this fearful spirit that destroys my strength.

The only way I silence the destructive cycle is by meditating on the Word, reading a miraculous memoir, or listening to upbeat praise music (side note: if there are Christian artists reading this devotional, please—from the bottom of my repaired heart—please write more uplifting praise songs!).

We’ve practiced telling ourselves gently to “Stop” when lies trickle in, but let’s take this principle one step further. If there’s one area on our body we should protect, it’s our mind. According to this verse, someone desires to highjack our spirit with impending doom. Think about it. If God doesn’t convey fear, then who does?

You’ve got it.

The enemy considers every which way to weaken us with mutterings of his worst-case-scenarios.

But I have another secret strategy to quiet his whispers.

The second a dark thought pops into your head, set your spirit free from bondage by first recognizing you’re imaging the situation. (I can say this because this trap trips me up, too).

Maybe even write this image down to get it out of your brain. Then, when you hear these comments again, gently say:

“Stop. God never whispers fearful thoughts.

The enemy does.

The Lord gives me power, love, and a stable mind.”

This decision is a head game—actually it’s a battle we fight every day, because what we think seeps into our soul.

If you have the energy, I’d encourage you to take this exercise one step further by searching for other verses to change into personal statements.

Let’s use Philippians 4:8 as another example to follow. The Bible tells us:

“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

~ Philippians 4:8 NLT

I don’t know about you, but my thoughts are a mess some days. And friend, I love how God lays out action steps for us to take, and He even tells us the first adjustment begins with fixing our thoughts on the truth.

Recalibrating our mind requires asking ourselves, “Is what I’m thinking absolutely accurate?”

If it isn’t, then let’s recall the truth:

We’re alive.

God can do the impossible.

We have His power (2 Timothy 1:7).

This verse continues to tell us to focus on pure things, right things, and holy things, since that’s what honorable means. How we do this next step can be a bit tricky. We change the conversation in our head when we concentrate on the positive and silence the negative.

Some days this will be tough. Really tough. But man, it’s worth the adjustment. Living with a miserable mindset causes slumped shoulders, and soured faces. I don’t like living this way, and I’m going to guess you don’t either.

To refocus on the truth, we may need to turn off the news, change our music, and perhaps adapt our TV shows for a season, especially if they have a darker side. Try replacing anything negative with the positive while you’re fighting your bravest battle.

I promise with a little work on our end, our mind will start to recognize these fearful whispers. Slowly but surely, we’ll shove out that spirit of dread.

Just remember:

God never whispers fearful words.

Satan does.

These steps toward freedom begin when we fix our thoughts on what is true, like God’s gift of His power, love, and sound mind.

 

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Purge any negative thoughts or actions in your journal today:

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Then pray and ask God what true thoughts to focus on:

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“Fear tells me it has the power over every outcome.

God tells me I have power over fear.”

~ Melissa Pierce, Palm Beach Women’s Network

{Based off of 2 Timothy 1:7}

 

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

~ Psalm 56:3 NIV

 

“Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”

~ Mark 10:27 NLT

 

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar

high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary.

They will walk and not faint.”

~ Isaiah 40:29-31 NLT

 

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Sweet friends, some days I feel like I’m walking through sludge as I’m finishing editing these devotionals.

I should laugh.

Really.

I know this is what God has called me to do, but man, the enemy loves to push my buttons. If you don’t mind, will you pray for my family this week? I promise to explain later.

It just seems that every devotional I publish here, that God continues to whisper, “Keep going.” I know these words are for someone. I pray they bless your socks off. Honestly. I needed encouragement all throughout my treatment, and I so wish I would have had someone to daily whisper tidbits of truth. So if you’re out there, and you need His hope, I pray you hear Him say that you didn’t stumble upon this devo by accident.

Nope.

He’s been pushing me to help you fight. Hang in there. Trust in Him. And today, try your hardest to fix your thoughts.

As always, if you have any tips to improve this devo (or you catch an error), please let me know.

Love you guys bunches!

Dabney

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One Comment

  • Brenda

    Satan has no control unless you release the thoughts he has given you. His goal is to destroy and control. He leaves at the mention of the name JESUS

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