One of Satan’s favorite tricks is to use fear against us. He wants us fearful of any and all things because if we are fearful then our attention and faith in Christ is taken back a bit. Fear is a strategy that Satan implements because it attacks our minds. One of the biggest obstacles for many of us is our very own mind as it can truly get away from us.
It’ll make you think about things that have not even happened and may never happen. There have been many times when I was in panic mode about something that never happened but I made nothing into something because I allowed my mind to wonder. When I say panic mode, I literally mean full on panic mode as Satan is a real strategist. That is, he knows the things that we desire most but he also knows that things that we fear and he uses both against us very cunningly.
Christ makes all things good but Satan is the opposite as he perverts anything and everything that he touches. The best example of this is himself as Christ made Satan but Satan was jealous and wanted to rule Heaven. He wants to be above Christ and caused a rebellion in Heaven and took one third of the angels with him. If Satan is able to deceive that many angels, just imagine what he is able to do to mortal man like us. Of course, we have to let him get the best of us and the best way to get an advantage over him is the same way Christ was able to: know God’s word.
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.”—John 16:33
Just as I have learned, if you allow Satan to get the upper hand, you can easily become paranoid over the smallest thing. It doesn’t have to be anything significant but if you allow yourself too much time to think, you are able to come up with some wild ideas. This is why I like to stay busy so I don’t have to think too much but this is not always an option.
From my own personal life, I have experienced this time and time again as I used to be the most trusting person you’d ever meet but now, I have a real issue with trust and it’s because of the different people I have known over my life who did not have my best interest at heart and this lesson afforded me a lot of happiness. No, not the lesson itself but rather, the lasting impacts as the pain and hurt are still felt.
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.”—Ecclesiastes 1:18
Rather than looking at what a person stood for and what they considered to be important, I was opened and accepting to anyone and everyone and this can get a person into a lot of trouble. Scripture teaches us that bad company will corrupt good character and I have learned this the hard way. Christ did teach us to be opened and accepting of others who were different but He also taught us to be aware and alert about those around us as these people can steal away more than just physical possessions but person items, as well, including happiness, joy, and peace.
However, the biggest lesson that I have learned from these people and the situations is that fear is a liar. Yes, there are some good, positive aspects that come from fear but the negatives far outweigh the positives and if we live in fear too long, we allow for the enemy to take away the goodness of life. The greatness that God has for us, the enemy chips way at. While life is going to be difficult and there is no denying this, the good moments outshine the bad if only we will allow Christ to handle such things. When we do realize that fear is a liar, we are able to control our emotions and the actions and activities that follow and when we put our trust in Christ rather than giving fear the control, we become stronger than we ever imagined.
Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”—Isaiah 41:10