Last night church was amazing. “Can you hear it? The sound of Heaven touching earth”. When we worship our God, when we stand in his presence, things happen. He shows us things that help us, that He needs us to see. Maybe a new perspective, a new hope, a new dream, or a new prayer. Thats who God is. It’s simple, and its beautiful. We don’t have religion, we a have a relationship, so when we call to him, He calls back.
This summer has been beautiful, but also very challenging. I felt like all these little things were eating me alive. One thing just building on another. End result: anxiety or panic attacks. I felt like a contestant on a Fear Factor episode titled, “The Summer to Face all your Fears” and I wasn’t thrilled. From bugs to family members with cancer. Anything that could frighten me in one way or another came.
But last night God dropped something in my heart. He told me it’s not about facing the fears, its about breaking the chains. Facing your fears is temporary. Fear Factor puts you in a traumatic state for a time, I’m positive your adrenaline spikes, and then you return home and you know what? You still live with that fear.
Breaking the chains is allowing the blood of Jesus to break the power that the fear holds over you. Of course in life we run into troubling times. But when a chain is broken, the traumatizing, paralyzing factor is gone. The next time you come up against that fear, you speak to it. Yes words hold that much power – “Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.” -Matt 12:37 MSG.
You hold authority to call out the lies that intertwine in an event to make you a prisoner to fear. This happens on a large and small scale. When you acknowledge God in these times, is when he opens your eyes to what’s really going on, not what the world is gonna tell you to pull you down.
The key to freedom is truth.
And the truth brings in the flood of peace. Sometimes we can’t see the simple truths for ourselves. We need God to bring something into the light to show us the key to what we’re fearing because in reality, the only one we need to fear is God.
One example from my life – being afraid of the dark, hating the sun going down, lying in bed praying for the sun to come up. I’ve been struggling with this for a while. Literally feeling mildly depressed as the sun went down. Well last week I woke up every night around 2 or 3am. I’d sit up in bed and think, “why the heck am I awake?” Even journaled, “God are you waking me up? What are you trying to show me?”. I really believe he was just showing me, “Hey look its still dark, and I’m still here, and I haven’t left you”.
The truth and the key – He doesn’t leave us. He’s right with us in the darkest hours and we don’t have to fear. The truth – He is a constant source of love ready to empower us to have courage and walk through the valley.
So I guess right now, I’m learning to draw from His power. I’m learning to run fast to him, and cling to what I do know to be true. I’m taking steps towards freedom every time I decide to not give into fear, but stand in the light of the truth.