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Of the evil one’s best arrows to shoot at our shield of faith, negative emotions take quite a big portion of the pie. Doubt, fear, anxiety, jealousy, hatred……What’s yours? These negative emotions can even creep up on us without our knowledge. They can cripple our lives and rob us of joy.

Galatians 4:7 – ‘So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child…’

5th Oct, 2016

Bethel! One of my absolute favorite bands. You must be familiar with these lyrics, “I’m no longer a slave to fear..I am a child of God”. They settle deep in my heart and I relate. Fear is something that everyone faces. I feared to tell my tiny little stories, because I feared to expose my vulnerabilities. Now that’s truth I have feared to tell in a long time. For years, I have been a slave to fear and anxiety, unaware that I was. Many of my sentences began with the words, “I am afraid”. “What will they think?”. Fear is having faith – but faith in the wrong things. It is focusing on the “what if’s”… “What if it is not valid?” “What if it only makes sense to me?” Even Moses had a “what if” moment (Exodus 4). And that’s why these words pull the strings of my heart and settle on my mind so firmly.

Of the evil one’s best arrows to shoot at our shield of faith, negative emotions take quite a big portion of the pie. Doubt, fear, anxiety, jealousy, hatred……What’s yours? These negative emotions can even creep up on us without our knowledge. They can cripple our lives and rob us of joy.

I was reading the book, The Power of a Praying Teen some time and on the chapter, negative emotions were addressed. And it was at this time that I realized how chained I was in fear and anxiety because I had just gone through the season of preparing for and hosting my first concert and those two emotions would often times weigh me down. It was time to address them, and so I took to praying about them. Through that season, I would wake up at odd hours of the night, with a heart rate faster than usual (I’m just tryna express panic in a fancy way), and I’d pray for there is really nothing else I knew to do.I would cast my fears to God and the mustard seed of faith within me told Him, “Glorify Yourself”. I appreciate how God worked with my faith, however little it was – that’s one beautiful thing I have learnt about Him. Beyond fear, my mind was also clouded with thoughts of just how inadequate I was, because I’d been facing lots of opposition and discouragement. At that time, it slowly began to hit me, that there’s something more I need to pray for. I needed to be set free from the chains of fear, and stop being anxious about everything. I needed to revise who I am to my God, as Romans 8:15 says – ‘The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba Father”. I am a Daughter of a Mighty King. He loves me and He wants to set me free from every chain. Sad to say, often times when we are clouded by these negative emotions, our eyes may be shut from all the good that is happening around us. That is what the enemy wants. During that time, I really had my family’s and friend’s support and I was careful not to let the negative feelings keep me from noticing this. I encouraged myself like David in his 27th Psalm; acknowledging God as the stronghold of my life and ofcourse, He never let me down.

Fear can keep you from God’s best. In 2nd Timothy Chapter 1, Paul encouraged Timothy not to allow fear to come upon him, but to use his gift to minister to the souls around. Paul knew that with power, love and sound mind, Timothy would achieve God’s best for him.

Galatians 4:7 – ‘So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child…’

My chains are gone, I’ve been set free. I am so happy about that. God is amazing, and He is the best hiding place. This does not mean that I will never again be embedded with anxious thoughts or bouts of fear. Instead, it means that this is a part of me that I have completely surrendered to God and therefore, He will always take care of it. He will always calm the storms within me and still my anxious heart. It is no longer in my hands but in His and I can fly and soar freely.

 

I’d love for you to taste of this too. Examine your heart and see what negative emotion gives the enemy good working ground – and let it go. Take it to God. You might wanna read Psalms 91 after this too…

 

You are blessed.

Lots of love,

Karwirwa Laura.

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