I am far from oppression and fear does not come near me. (Isaiah 54:14)
This is Day 4 of 48 of the #TruthAboutWhoYouAre series. Today's post is written by my beautiful mom. She's an amazing woman - has been married for over 40 years to my dad. I am so thankful for the wisdom she has to offer and hope this touches your life! Follow her along in her journey on Instagram: @janicekmoore
Earlier in life the unknown and the “what ifs” would create overwhelming fear in me. I would feel as though I was being taken captive and held behind an inescapable train of thoughts – one leading to another. Fear is often described as being the opposite of faith, but it is actually the opposite of sight. If only I could see the outcomes or know that everything would work out then I wouldn’t be fearful. There were many nights that I would find myself awake unable to sleep. Many sleepless nights my sweet and patient husband would wake up in the middle of the night, wrap his arms around me, and pray.
Merriam-Webster defines oppression as “unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power.” With each negative “what if” thought I allowed the enemy to grip me with fear. Fear paralyzes us and keeps us from using the authority given to us by Jesus to bring peace to our thought life. It was in my 30s that I decided that my thoughts had to change. 1 Timothy 1:7-8 says, “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and a sound mind.” Moment by moment, day by day I began changing my thoughts. How? I would purposely stop negative, fearful thoughts then find something, anything to focus on that was good and count the blessings that God had brought my way.
For years I taught 4 and 5 year olds a theory that I made up called “ker plunk.” Using a spiral wishing well, coins were dropped in the top of the funnel. They would spin round and round slowly spinning their way to the very bottom until each one dropped in. I would relate the motion of the coins to our thoughts. Negative thoughts such as how your husband makes a mess, a friend wounded you, the news of a jet crash spin round and round in our minds. As we dwell on those fearful or angry thoughts they eventually drop into our hearts. Then out of the abundance of our heart the mouth speaks. I truly believe that the words we speak pave our future. Think about the thoughts you have had today. Have you spoken life and encouragement to those around you - especially to yourself? Meditate on God’s Word today and stand strong in the authority given to you by Christ Jesus!
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The scriptures used for this series came from Joyce Meyers download, “Who God Made You To Be”