Faith is the victory that overcomes the world! How many times have you sung those words? 1 John 5:4 says: “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”
Fear and anxiety, feelings of agitation are disrupting lives today. Anyone that spends much time watching the news and linked videos needs to spend time debriefing to prevent ourselves from being swallowed by a dark, scary and unknown pit. We find our sensibilities askew. It is important to know what is going on in the world. We must balance what we hear with what we know is true. Jesus prayed for us in John 17. Verse 17 of chapter 17 reads: Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (Sanctify means to be set apart as holy or consecrated.) Then Jesus affirmed that God’s Word is Truth. The best place to go to find peace is God’s Word. Today I want to address obstacles to receiving genuine truth and peace.
We cannot be entirely surprised by the condition of the world if we have reasonable familiarity of the Scriptures. John 16:33 tells us: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” The Bible also teaches us, reminds us that we have an adversary, and that he works to destroy our lives. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:11 We are continually warned and guided.
One of the “wiles of the devil” is to keep us in a state of anxiety. Choose your weapons wisely. It is time for battle. The Bible says, in Isaiah 26:3: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Think on that; it means that we are thinking of Him throughout the day; we trust God.
What tactics does Satan use? He uses “wiles” for one thing. I found it interesting that Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary did not define the word. It is an archaic word, but it is one that we all sort of know what it means. I want you to see the definition in print. One dictionary defined it as: devious or cunning stratagems employed in manipulating or persuading someone to do what one wants. “Wile” can also be used as a verb; its meaning as a verb strengthens the description: to lure; to entice. Those words do not conjure up a picture of holiness; do they?
When feeling stress and anxiety one of the last places Satan wants you to turn is to God. Here are some of the things he might put into your mind. They are common thoughts, designed to keep us from the victory that overcomes the world. Beside each lie, I have given you the truth.
Not every verse is a snuggly-feel good verse. Some of them require effort, supported by faith.
|I just want to talk to someone about this; I think I want to vent.||Proverbs 29:11 says: A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.|
|I feel afraid in these uncertain times.||2 Timothy 1:7 says that God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.|
|I am worried.||John 14:1- Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.|
|I feel angry about what is happening in our country.||James 1:20 – For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.|
|I don’t know what to believe. So much of what I hear in the news is contradictory.||Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.|
|I don’t know who to believe.||James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.|
|Everything is out of control. The country – the world is in chaos.||John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.|
|I feel like I cannot do anything. Nothing is in my control. The world is spinning out of control.||Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.|
|I am weary with all of the turmoil.||Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.|
|I am worried about the future.||Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.|
|I am just not in the mood to talk to God.||Isaiah 65:2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;|
|And one more verse about not being in the mood…||John 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.|
My friends, my companions are important in my life and I meet with them frequently. It is important to encourage each other. A shared faith means that you can bow your heads, joins hands and go together before the Throne of Grace. That strengthens friendships!
Proverbs 27:17 says that iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. That is what a good friend does. A visit with a friend like this leaves both of you better ready and prepared to meet challenges that will assuredly be there. We don’t have to fear them because we are spiritually armed and strong.
If you are a married lady, please don’t miss this opportunity to carry burdens before God with your husband. My husband and I discussed the travesties and tragedies of the world, but always ended with discussing what the Bible, what God had to say about them. These sessions frequently ended in a time of prayer, a time spent agreeing with what God says about the troubling situation.
If you have a Bible Promise book, this would be a great time to dig it out. If you are a woman of faith and you want your spirits lifted, reading from this book regularly will strengthen you by reminding you who you are and Who God is.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
This is a period in our lives when “speaking truth” to ourselves can be safety for sanity. I have linked 2 recent posts below. If you are like me, most truths bear repeating. Lord bless you with a supernatural week!