Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
A Racing Mind (Part 3)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.
1 John 4:18 (NKJV)
Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NKJV)
A racing mind is powered by fear: fear that things won't work out right, fear that we can't get the job done, fear that we'll make the wrong choice, fear, fear, fear...
The Bible says fear is not from God. In fact, He calls fear a 'spirit'--not a feeling. Therefore, I believe fear is a supernatural spirit from hell. Jesus demonstrated (repeatedly) in His earthly ministry what to do with evil spirits: He cast them out.
So what does that mean today? Because that was then and this is now. We have medical professionals and counselors with thousands of books, prescriptions, and remedies. Isn't fear just a negative, irrational feeling that will go away if we get it right? In my opinion, no.
God's short answer on casting out fear is perfect love. Perfect love is God. How do we access the God of perfect love? Second short answer: prayer. It worked for Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. It worked for David in the caves of despair. In Psalm 77, David shows clear steps in his prayer against fear (a.k.a. a racing mind).
1) He prayed out loud. 'I cried out to God with my voice' (v.1). David didn't go to his wife, friends, or counselors. He went straight to the Top. David was real with God--even angry: 'My soul refused to be comforted' (v.2). He 'Complained' (v.3) to God. But that's OK. God can handle it.
2) He considered God's recorded history of goodness: 'The days of old, the years of ancient times' (v.5). The true stories of the Bible are life-saving and instructive.
3) David played, sang, and composed. 'I call to remembrance my song in the night' (v.6). The power of praise and worship music connects us to God and covers us in beautiful, impenetrable power.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the A Racing Mind series.