I Will Not Live in Fear!

IWILLNOTLIVEINFEAR I Will Not Live in Fear!

Hello loves! I pray that you have some time today to rest in the Lord. I just took a short nap, which I don’t normally do, and it was delicious. Today has been a pretty awesome day. I woke up and I felt like the Lord just spoke to my heart, “Today is a good day, and I want you to enjoy every moment of it.” I can’t say anything out of the ordinary has happened today, but I can say that I’ve had out of the ordinary peace and joy. It’s making me realize that this kind of peace and joy is available to me every day, if I will claim it.

I think part of the reason I’ve had so much peace is because I’ve had a major break-through in my thinking. I’ve been reading this book called Power Thoughts by Joyce Meyer. She talks about how if we won’t control our thoughts, then the enemy will control them. She gives these “power thoughts” to repeat over and over to yourself and to speak to yourself throughout the day. I started speaking these power thoughts to myself, and it’s crazy how much controlling my thoughts controls my moods and my reactions.

The thought that has really been making a huge difference for me is “I will not live in fear.” I don’t know about you, but I struggle with constantly being bombarded with anxious thoughts. But until a few months ago, I didn’t even realize I was such an anxious and fearful person. I just thought it was the norm. I didn’t realize it was possible to have freedom from fear because I didn’t even realize I was a slave to fear.

I’ve been saying “I will not live in fear,” “I will not live in fear,” “I will not live in fear,” over and over to myself the past couple days. It makes me realize that I have a choice to be full of fear or full of faith, and I want to be full of faith!

I’m in a situation right now where the enemy keeps throwing fearful thoughts at me about my future. But I made the decision to battle those thoughts instead of giving in to them. And even though the thoughts are still coming at me, they can’t stick around very long when I say to them, “I refuse to live in fear. I will live in faith. My God is with me, and He will never leave me.”

And fighting fear, casting it out of my heart has given me such incredible peace and freedom to enjoy the things right in front of me. I even enjoyed pumping gas today, which is something I usually hate!

So whatever fears and anxieties are bombarding your brain today, realize that you don’t have to go along with them. You have a choice. Choose to cast fear out of your mind. Put up a fight. Don’t be a slave to anxiety any longer.

And if you’re skeptical at all, just give this a try. Sit down and say, “I will not live in fear,” to yourself 10 times, and really mean every one. Then see if you don’t feel stronger and more confident that God is in control of your situation!

 

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. -1 John 4:16-18

 

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” -Romans 8:15

Memory Stones

memory stone Memory Stones

Think back with me. What were you doing a year ago today? Where were you on your fitness journey? Take a few minutes just to remember what kind of place you were in physically, emotionally, spiritually, and relationally one year ago.

Today I want to just stop and breathe and celebrate the victories that God has already won in my life. I’m often so caught up in where I want to go that I forget how far I’ve come. It’s really important to take some time to intentionally reflect on and praise God for what He’s done in our lives. Let’s do that together today.

It is such a good thing to constantly be pressing forward, to constantly be chasing after the greater and greater things God has for our lives. But we will soon tire and burn out if we never take time to remember the big victories and the little victories. What were you really struggling with a year ago that isn’t even an issue anymore? Celebrate the big victories! What small steps have you taken in the areas of your health, your fitness, your relationship with God, your relations with others, your attitude, your finances, etc this past year? Those are victories too, and should be celebrated!

How can we celebrate? Have a private little dance party! Write down all the victories and put them up all over your house! Or maybe you want to start collecting some memory stones…

In Samuel 7:12, God gave His people a great victory in battle. After the battle was won, it says, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.’”

What if you set up a stone to remember every victory God gives you? These can be physical rocks that you collect. Or they can be markers in your memory. However you decide to do it, start setting up memory stones to say, “Thus far the Lord has helped me.”

This past year, God has given me victory in my exercising. I work-out consistently, no matter how I feel, while a year ago, the smallest excuse could keep me from my work-out. Thus far the Lord has helped me.

That is one of my stones. What are your memory stones?

Remembering God’s past faithfulness gives us renewed strength in the present, as we press on towards future victories. It helps us remember that He has given us strength through hard times and difficult challenges in the past, and He will in the future! Whenever you get discouraged, and it seems impossible that your weight could ever change or that you can ever have a break-through with your eating, you can look back on these memory stones and say, “The same God that gave me victory over that is with me now, and will give me victory over this!”