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Victory Over Strongholds

When you trust God’s character more than anything else, fear loses its power over you

Victory Over Strongholds
The Stronghold of Fear – Part II

Scripture Reading: John 14:15-27

Key Verse: John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

The reason fear causes so much trouble for us is that it always “appears to be real”. We have programming to trust what we see and what we can touch.

But, when we become Christ-followers, we can change how we figure out what is real! It does not matter what I see, God is God and He can make a way despite what I can see or what I can touch.

The first step in destroying the power of fear is to trust God’s character more than anything else. Bible stories teach this principle of trusting God more than our human senses.

Think about the story of God’s people being set free from Egyptian slavery. Moses led them in a victorious parade out of Egypt, but then they came to the Red Sea. When the people looked back, they saw the Egyptian armies coming at them. When they looked in front of them, they saw the waters of the Red Sea. What they could see and touch caused them to fear. But as God’s people who saw what God did for them, they should not have trusted their senses. God parted the sea for His people and then closed it on the Egyptian army.

Take a moment and think about the Bible stories that you know. The bottom-line lesson is to not trust your human senses! The Bible is clear: God’s people must walk by faith, not by sight! As believers, we must stand firm on the promises of God. One of the best-known promises is found in Romans 8:28 NLT:

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God who are called according to his purpose for them.

No matter how bad a situation looks, no matter how scary it seems, any fear is false evidence appearing real. God is going to make all things work together for good.

This does not mean that all things are good. Some things are devastating, and we are not terrible Christians to feel devastated. The loss of a loved one, for example, is devastating. But for believers, we know God has the strength and the grace to see us through any valley.

We are not terrible Christians when we dread some coming event, for example, an operation or cancer treatment. Circumstances like this can cause dread and deep disappointment that God did not prevent a problem or heal us.

But do not allow fear to co-exist with other emotions. God says, “Do not be afraid”.

Father, remind me that those things that tempt me to fear are false evidence. I know that You are the way, the truth, and the life! In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.