Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, April 10th, 2020
Fear: Our Allies, Seasoned Saints
And all the officials of the provinces, the satraps, the governors, and all those doing the king's work, helped the Jews, because the fear of Mordecai fell upon them. For Mordecai was great in the king's palace, and his fame spread throughout all the provinces.
Esther 9:3-4 (NKJV)
Then the fame of David went out into all lands, and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations.
1 Chronicles 14:17 (NKJV)
Deep-in-the-faith believers are awesome warriors. They fight fear with fire, specifically God's:

Because Our God is 'A consuming Fire' (Hebrews 12:29, ESV), His Spirit entered Christ's disciples as 'Tongues of Fire' (Acts 2:3, ESV), and He baptized 'With the Holy Spirit and with fire' (Matthew 3:11, ESV).

Basically, God is the Master of fire, and He uses it to great effect. So how do seasoned saints fight?

1) With prayer! 'Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective' (James 5:16, NIV). 'If you are strangers to prayer, you are strangers to power' (Billy Sunday).

2) With the Sword of the Spirit! 'For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword' (Hebrews 4:12, ESV). If Jesus fought Satan with Scripture (He did), we should, too. To that end, we must memorize key Lines from the ultimate Script.

3) Together! 'I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in My Name, there am I among them' (Matthew 18:20, ESV). In fellowship, power is multiplied.

Seasoned saints walk softly, but carry big swords... specifically the wisdom, knowledge and power of God's Word. If you don't know these gentle giants of prayer, ask God to reveal one to you.

Other than the Lord Himself, you cannot find a better ally in the unrelenting war against fear and darkness.

## Fear: Our Allies: Seasoned Saints (Part 23)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fear series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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