Victory Over Fear
Susie seemed outwardly to be a well-poised, lovely young wife and mother with everything under control. She was active in her church and attended other Christian gatherings during the week. But secretly she was filled with fear from which psychologists and psychiatrists with whom she consulted were unable to set her free.
She became very discouraged and depressed. "What can I do?" she asked through her tears. "I have everything to live for and no real reason to be afraid, but my days are consumed with worry and dread and fear, as I anticipate all kinds of evil things happening to me, to my husband and to my children."
"Do you believe that God in heaven has the power to remove your fears, Susie?" I asked.
"Yes, of course," she replied.
"Do you believe He loves you?"
"Yes, I believe that."
"Do you believe He wants to remove that fear from you?" She said yes. I read her Psalm 34:4: "I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears (NIV).
We then turned together to 1 John 5:14-15 which says: "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us -- whatever we ask -- we know that we have what we asked of him" (NIV).
This is the promise that every believer can claim whenever there is a command or promise in His Word.
I asked her if she would like to join with me in a prayer of faith that God would deliver her according to this promise. She did, and God began to minister to her according to His mercy.
Are you plagued with fears? Are your days consumed with worry? Saturate your mind with God's truths and supernatural promises and begin to claim by faith this supernatural life which is your heritage in Christ.
Fear is the opposite of faith and is not of God. "God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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