Keepers of The Home
As much as I had been thinking lately that fear had no grip on me, imagine my surprise when the Holy Spirit showed me recently that it did. Awhile back, the Lord revealed to me that each character trait comes with many spokes like those of a wheel. We may feel that we have conquered a certain character trait, especially when we see it rear its ugly head in another person. Then God is faithful to show us another aspect of that trait we ourselves are weak in.
Let’s take fear for example. I had conquered my fear in the area of finances- the fear of sudden economic tragedy coming upon our family or nation and of not educating our kids for their eventual careers well enough at home. Then the Lord showed me that I still had many other fears that I allowed to grip me- fear of my husband not remaining faithful, fear of my health failing me so that I would no longer be able to care for our family, fear of my relationship with my children falling apart, and fear of my denial of Christ in a moment of weakness, among others.
You see, once we think we have something mastered, there will be ten other “spokes” or aspects to it that will still need our attention and focus. Which leads me to my remedy—what can our hope be then? How can we continue to grow in crushing fear that suffocates us at times or pride that rears its ugly head? It is only in trusting and surrendering that I have been able to do this.
When I reflect on how I have in the past been able to overcome and crush fearful circumstances, I see that it has been through observing the faithfulness of God over and over again in my life and the lives of others around me. This has particularly helped me with the fear of sudden calamity. Psalm 37:25 (KJV) says--
“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
And another scripture in Romans 8:28 (KJV) reads--
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
I can honestly say that, in the most devastating situations and circumstances I have watched others go through, they always by the grace of God come out of it stronger and blessed. Job is a great example of this in the Bible, but I tell you that I know several people personally whose tragic circumstances I have witnessed God transform into good.
Aren’t you able to say the same? How is it then that we can still experience attacks of fear in our life? This is the area in which I really need to learn to grow— surrendering. I am awful at surrendering my thoughts at times. All too often I allow the enemy to gnaw at my mind, planting seeds of doubt, fear, and suspicion. I know that this is the place in my walk right now that God really wants to grow me in, but it will take obedience on my part.
What do I need to obey you ask? I need to obey the command to stand on the promises of God and speak His words over my life. If I would just rebuke the enemy every time he shows up with his big old rain cloud to cast a shadow of doubt over my day, I could stand in victory and triumph.
Dear sister, God is faithful! Whatever you are facing today, He is with you. May He give you the strength and grace you need today to stand on His Word and gain the victory!