I haven’t been on the blog for a week because I’ve been dealing with a very bad cold, so this is the first I’ve felt well enough to post anything. I’m doing much better, and ready to get back to Bible Journaling.
We are finishing up our series on “Faith Over Fear.” Today’s Scripture is Revelation 17:14, “These will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings. Those with him are called, chosen, and faithful.” (CSB) The answer to overcoming fear is to go to the One who has won against the enemy.
Jesus is the Lamb mentioned in our verse, and it tells us that HE has won the war and has conquered Satan and all who stand with the enemy of our souls. When we come into situations where we are at the end of ourselves, filled with fear, filled with dread, confused, not knowing where to turn, Jesus is the One to whom we must turn. He knows and understands our fear, our confusion, and our pain. He waits for us to just ask Him to help us.
When we literally come to the end of ourselves, He is there waiting to take the fear and the dread. He is there to wrap His arms around us and tell us that He has everything under control, all we need to do is just trust Him.
When my first husband had his first stroke, I was filled with fear! I didn’t know what would happen. The doctors were telling me he could die if he didn’t have an operation, they life-flighted him to a hospital in another city, and I was completely beside myself. I didn’t know how I was going to get through life if my husband died. I live away from my family, so I didn’t have anyone from my family to help me through. But God knew I needed support from someone, and He surrounded me with a wonderful church who stood by me in those dark days. I can’t tell you how many times I cried out to God in tears, scared to death at what would happen and how I would be able to function without my husband. But in the middle of the night, Jesus let me know that He knew all about it, and after I cried myself to sleep, I woke the next day with His presence surrounding me, and life got easier and as each struggle came, I leaned on Jesus to help me through. He took away that intense fear of what the future held, and I trusted Him to walk with me. Jesus never left my side. Eventually, after seven long years of being sick, God took him home, and through it all, Jesus was with me. I now know that no matter what happens, Jesus is walking with me, and He will not let anything happen to me that He knows will be too hard for me to navigate.
We are conquerors too. In fact, our Scripture says that there are those who are with Him in the battle, and they are called chosen and faithful. Those who have placed their trust in Jesus and asked Him to be their Lord and Savior, are with Him in the battle. Deuteronomy 20:4 says, “For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.” (ESV) Satan is our enemy and we are in a battle against the things he throws in our pathway. He is the one who fills us with fear, he is the one who tries to get us to lose our faith in Jesus’ ability to conquer that fear. But God says that He goes with us in the battle and He fights for us! He has won the victory over the enemy by Jesus’ sacrifice. Jesus died for us, was buried for three days, went to the gates of Hell, took back the keys of sin, death, and the grave, then rose again as a victor, is now reigning in Heaven at the right hand of His Father, and will come back again to take us to be with Him. That my friends is VICTORY! Jesus helps us fight the battle against fear. Because of this, we can say, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13 ESV)
When you are feeling filled with fear, turn to Jesus. Run, don’t walk, to Him, pour out your heart, and rest in His arms as He comforts you. Give Him your fear, and He will give you His peace, and you will walk in victory!