The Voices n The Choices (Day 1) Part 2
This is the 2nd part of a 3-part Bible plan. Part 1 describes “The Battlefield” identifying the daily voices that we hear which lead to the choices we need to make. This Part 2 describes the “Voices of the Enemy” and a few of the common lies that we believe. Part 3 describes “Life-Giving Choices to Make” to walk and live in fulness and truth.
Fear is a distressing emotion that is aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc. whether the threat is real or imagined. Fear can be a liar! Of course, the enemy of your heart wants you to be afraid! He wants you to live in fear as it is often crippling. Time and again we live life holding the nerve-racking hand of fear versus holding the peace-filled hand of the Father. Do we have a choice in this matter? Who are we to blame for the grip of fear in our lives?
F.E.A.R. can be False Evidence Appearing Real. When this happens, my internal control-freak rises. When I realize that I cannot control the thing I fear, then I fear even more, and the circle goes round and round. This is an exercise in exhaustion and anxiety. I want to act out of a quiet, confident peace rather than the voice of fear shadowing my days. Let us walk in the truth that the Lord is with us wherever we go and will strengthen us as we yield to Him. He offers a peace that surpasses all understanding, but it is up to us to choose this peace by ultimately trusting Him.
This requires us to make an active choice to refuse to give in to our fears, realizing that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. Fear can persuade us to make irrational decisions. We must choose the Voice of Truth and to seek Him and solid ground. As we choose a sound mind over fear, we will have to speak supporting truths in the place of the lies. Scripture is filled with truth and promises to navigate the voice of fear.
How am I letting the voice of fear rob the wise decision-making in my days? Where is fear crippling my life? What truths can help me navigate to solid ground?
Oh Lord, help me live a life of power, love and a sound mind, focusing on Your power in my life and not the voice of fear.