That Crippling Fear
Do you ever feel like you are riding a Spiritual high? Like your faith is soaring, stronger than ever before? Then suddenly something comes along, knocking you down and hitting you harder than ever, like a punch to the gut. Trust me, we have all been there. This happens because the devil doesn’t like to see a Christian thriving spiritually. The harder the life he can make for us, the more room there is for doubt and fear. It is this doubt and fear that can create a great divide.
In his song, Fear is a Liar, Christian music artist, Zach Williams sings, “Fear, he is a liar. He will take your breath, stop you in your steps. Fear, he is a liar. He will rob your rest, steal your happiness. Cast your fear in the fire, cause fear, he is a liar.”
Fear is one of the biggest tricks that the Devil uses, because deep down, everyone is afraid of something. It is easy to let fear cripple you out of Unity with God and other believers. In order to keep us living in fear, the Devil throws financial struggles, family issues, and depression and anxiety our way. With personal experience in some of these areas, I know the weight that this fear can have. There were times when fear left me feeling crippled and alone. Feeling less than the woman God had made me to be; not unsure of God’s love, but not quite able to feel it. The Devil had his grip on me. The only thing to do during that time was to cling to Christ even more.
And God loves it when His children cling to Him. Regardless of what is going on, He wants us to live in unity with Him. He wants us to build our relationship with Him so strong that the Devil has no room to work. Author, speaker, and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Joyce Meyer said, “The Devil doesn’t know what to do with somebody who just won’t give up.” This being said, we need to continue building a relationship with Christ, never relenting. For unity with Christ and other believers is such a sweet thing.
Psalm 133 (ESV) tells us, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.”
As weird as this may sound to our 21st Century ears, it is somewhat poetic. In fact, unity is poetic. In its purest form it is harmonious. It trickles down like precious oil and is as refreshing as the dew upon Hermon. True unity is of God and is the desire for His Children. Don’t let the Devil take a hold of your life, inflicting fear upon you. Through everything, cling to Christ and live in unity with Him.