Are you feeling fear or anxiety right now? Right now Fear is running rampant in our world. Did you know that Fear is not simply an emotion but a spirit? "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love, and a sound mind." (2 Tim 1:7) Fear is a mean spirit who comes to "steal kill, and destroy." Though thoughts, feelings and emotions, Fear works to keep us from trusting God.
The enemy whispers, "Fear." Our God whispers, "Trust." We each have a choice. We must chose which voice we will listen to. We must consciously "think about what we are thinking about," and continually redirect our thoughts to align with God's Truth. Here are a few words of Truth that have helped me redirect my thoughts:
1 JOHN 4:18 (with AMPC & AMP)
There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but perfect love [full-grown, complete, dear love—a feast of affection, charity, benevolence] casts out fear [drives out, turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror] because fear has torment [brings with it severe mental suffering, and [so] he who fears is not made perfect in love [he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love—is not yet grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love—into love’s complete perfection]
JOHN 14:27 (with AMPC & AMP)
Peace I leave with you, My [own] [perfect] peace I give unto you [I now give and bequeath] to you. Not as the world gives do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. [stop allowing yourself to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourself to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]
PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 (with AMPC & AMP)
Be anxious for nothing [Do not fret or have anxiety or be worried about anything - no man, woman, or thing] But in every thing [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving [continue to] let your [definite, specific] requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God which passes all understanding, [God’s peace - that peace which reassures the heart - that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is—that peace] shall keep [stand guard, garrison and mount guard over] your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. [That peace is yours]
ISAIAH 26:3 (with AMPC & AMP)
You will keep [guard & protect] him in perfect [and constant] peace whose mind is stayed on You [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character] because he trusts in You [takes refuge in You with hope and confident expectation] [He commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.]
PROVERBS 3:5-6 (with AMPC & AMP)
Trust in [lean on, and be confident in] the Lord with all your heart [and mind] and do not rely on your own [insight or] understanding. In all your ways [know, recognize, and] acknowledge Him, and He will direct [and make straight and plain] your paths. [removing obstacles that block your way].
When someone offers you a gift, it's up to you to receive it. God gave us His very own peace. Let's choose to take it!
My motto for today -
"Diane, Take Your Peace!