Here are five great weapons you can use when you’re faced with fear.
The Belt of Truth
In the chapter where the Apostle Paul talks about the armor of God, he mentions the “belt of truth” (Eph 6:14), but what is the “belt of truth?” The belt of truth is the knowledge of the truth and the Person of Truth is Jesus Christ, Who is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). The belt of truth should remind us of Who we trust and that is Jesus Christ. In fact, we trust Him with our eternal lives. I believe what Jesus says because He always speaks the truth and we know that Satan is always a liar.
God’s Word is truth. That’s what Jesus said when speaking to the disciples, where He prayed to the Father, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17), “And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth” (John 17:19). Since Jesus has said that God’s Word is truth, find the Word of God, read it, believe it, and that should calm your fears.
If we live today with the end in mind, I believe we can endure more while here on earth. If we look to the future, the present may be a bit more tolerable, but what is this future that I speak of? Part of the future is found in Revelation 21:5 where it says of our future that God “will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Since we know that this will be all behind us someday, why not dwell on the future? It can help to carry you through your present fear.
Did you realize that Satan has already been judged? He has, but the sentence hasn’t been carried out yet, but it will. Jesus said “concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged” (John 16:11) and we know who the ruler of this present, evil world is (2 Cor 4:4). Revelation 20:11 shows how it ends for Satan and his evil demons, as the Apostle John wrote that “the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” Dwell on that and your fear may fade.
Battling with Prayer
Our weapons are not carnal or physical in nature. We are fighting a spiritual battle, and against wicked spirits in high places of authority (Eph 6:12). It would be easier to see our enemy who wants to fill us with fear, but an invisible enemy is harder to fight, however God has provided every piece of equipment we’ll ever need to fight these enemies of God, so there really is no real reason to fear. The Apostle Paul wrote that, “neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38-39).
The best way to fight fear is with faith and having faith in God by putting on the belt of truth; by abiding in God’s Word which is truth; by reading about our fantastic future in the Word (Rev 22); by recognizing Satan’s already a defeated foe; and by praying to God to overcome our fear. We know that God cannot lose. We also know that Satan cannot win. Knowing this should help us alleviate our fears. That’s my prayer for you.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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