A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog on, “How to battle fear.” I used the scripture, “For God has not given us a Spirit of Fear…” 2 Timothy 1:7. In that writing, I said, “Fear is the opposite of faith.”
With every problem or crisis that we acquire, there are two choices; fear or faith, and we must choose one each time we face a crisis. We make the choice, fear or faith, almost immediately and most of the time we aren’t even aware that we are making a choice.
God also gives us amazing supernatural power because he wants us to be able to overcome anything that is thrown our way. In 2 Timothy 1:7 you can find that we have already been equipped with tools to help us succeed in life, we just have to know what the tools are and how they apply to us.
The first tool God gives us is power. God has given us the power to make a choice. Knowing that we have a choice and we don’t have to choose fear is powerful. Even if we choose fear first, knowing that we can change our mind and choose to put all of our faith in God, is powerful.
For me personally, God gave me the power to rise above a lifetime of suffering and torture. What should have made me a classic statistic, didn’t because God gave me the power to overcome.
I grew up in a negative and suppressive home as a child that set me up to fail. I withdrew and felt defeated. I suffer from a number of illnesses. I had abusive parents, I went through the foster care system, but did not end up in a good foster home.
I then spent the last three years of my teen working two jobs to help support my mother and my three siblings and as a result could not attend high school.
I got married at age 18 as I was looking for stability in my life. My heart was broken, my body was weak, I carried a lot of emotional pain, but hid my pain from others. I felt like I was dying inside. I felt hopeless.
When I was first diagnosed with Lupus it devastated my family’s financial stability because my income was a large part of our budget, however, God made a way. God gave me the power to come out of a lifetime of built up hate, resentment, bitterness, and fear.
Over the last four years, God has provided everything we needed.
I didn’t say it was easy, but all that we need is provided. God made a way for us to buy a house right after losing my job. He made a way when there seemed to be no way. He never ceases to amaze me.
God gave me the power to trust Him even when I didn’t trust myself. He loved me before I loved him. There is power in asking, power in believing and power in trusting.
God gave me the power to allow myself to take chances.
I have power to cast down thoughts of the past, fears of the future and imaginations that do not line up with God.
There is power in knowing that I have control over my own thoughts.
I have power in knowing that when I call on Jesus nothing is impossible. From climbing mountains, losing weight, beating anxiety, facing illnesses. I gain strength and solitude just knowing that he can and will work all things out for my good.
I have Power in being able to share my life’s testimony.
I used to be ashamed of my life, it’s nothing to brag about for sure. God has taken my mess of a life and made a way for me to share my story with others in confidence. Now, I am not ashamed of my life because I overcame, Satan didn’t win, God has received the victory.
God is the only one that gives me peace. He gives the power to stand tall with confidence. I am not ashamed of who I am because I am the daughter of the Creator. God is the only one that gives me hope, even in the middle of what Satan hopes is going to bring me down. I stand tall in name of Jesus and rebuke Satan. I am not afraid because God has given me the power to overcome. In the name of Jesus Christ AMEN