Today we are all facing a giant. A giant of epidemic proportion with uncertainty crouching in every corner. We can’t let fear destroy us, but how do we fight something we can’t even see? How do we fight something that threatens to kill us or destroy our way of living?
It’s easy to have faith when all is quasi-calm, but what about when chaos covers the earth? What do you do when:
- fear and uncertainty have become your constant companions?
- you don’t know how you’ll pay your bills?
- the recent stay-at-home orders have filled you with dread for the future?
- loneliness has replaced the job you really didn’t like, and now you wished you had a reason to set your alarm?
A crisis has a way of bringing our beliefs to the surface. The good news is that if you don’t like the emotions that are rising up, you can change them by renewing your mind.
That’s what David did. A giant named Goliath threatened his nation, but David refused to allow the peril of his current circumstances to dictate his response.
When David brought lunch to his brothers on the battle field and found out that Goliath wanted to take his people captive, instead of cowardice, courage rose up. Confidence combatted the enemy’s threats. Listen to his words: “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
What a powerful response. All of the trained warriors were trembling in fear and had given up, but a shepherd boy with no battle experience had a different mindset.
In his book, Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby writes,
What you believe about God will determine what you do and how you live.
Blackaby and David never met, but the little shepherd boy already knew this principle: the battle begins in our brain.
David kept his focus on God’s truth, not the illusion of truth that his circumstances presented. He renewed his mind by remembering what God had done for him in the past. God had delivered him before and that gave him assurance that God would do it again.
So let me ask you this? What has God delivered you from?
Bring that to the forefront of your mind. Meditate on it. Remind yourself of His faithfulness.
Proverbs 23:7 says that as you think in your heart, so shall you be. In other words, your mind manufactures emotions based on the thoughts you think.
Do you realize that fear and faith have the same vision? They both believe in something that hasn’t happened yet. So what would you rather think about? Something that will produce peace or something that will produce anxiety?
Can I encourage you to set your mind on things above? The name of Jesus is a strong tower. His name is powerful. And I believe He is faithful and He will get you through this. He is your Deliverer!
Share Your God Experience
When David went to fight the giant, Saul gave him his armor, but it weighed too much for him. David couldn’t move around in it. Instead, he chose to use what was familiar to him—five smooth stones that he had experience using.
Your God experiences are powerful weapons to defeat fear. It’s important that you remember them and remind yourself of how God’s rescued you before.
In fact, can I ask you a favor? Will you share one of your experiences here so we can encourage one another? You’ll be blessed by sharing and others will be encouraged to hear! Ready? Go!