Republican Paul Ryan, the United States Congressman from the first congressional District of Wisconsin, told a reporter during an interview that he gave up fear for Lent. This was during a time his highly debated budget proposal plan was being presented to the House of Representatives, and due to it’s tough proposals on reducing government entitlement spending and downsizing the country’s deficit, the Congressman knew he would be politically and personally attacked by Democrats and Republicans, and that the news media would attempt their own textual and verbal assassinations.
The reporter asked him if the was serious, and was he doing it? The Congressman answered, “I’m working on it.”
Although the reporter appeared both amused and puzzled at his answer, the practice of taking hold of, or releasing thoughts and our response to them is not a new premise.
The bible states in 2nd Corinthians 10:5 KJV “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” God’s word, the bible, says without faith it is impossible to please Him, and that He has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and a sound mind, Romans 8:15, Hebrew 11:6.
Thoughts and imaginations originate in our mind, the same place fear attacks us. Fear is the opposite of faith. Therefore, it’s not from God. Father God is not double-minded. He cannot and would not give us something He has already said does not please Him and that He told us is NOT from Him. If it’s not from God, it’s from satan. Don’t take that fearful thought or temptation. When it comes, recognize it for what it is. Say, “NO! I’m not going to receive this. Go from my mind, now!” That’s one way to cast it down and get your mind back into captive obedience to God, who only wants good for you. Then, ask God through the Holy Spirit to give you His peace, and thank Him for loving and caring for you in every area of your life. You need to do both, tell the thought to go and ask God for His help. Throw it out and replace it. The more you practice, the easier it becomes and the less satan will bombard you in that area of fear or temptation.
Because of our human nature and the world’s culture around us, our minds will always be assaulted with ideas that are not in line with God’s good plan for our lives. He created each of us to live in this time and place, giving us talents, personalities, strength, compassion, abilities and determination to carry out His destiny and unique purpose that only we can bring to the earth and others around us.
Fear cripples, destroys and kills that destiny if we allow it to take up residence in our heart and mind. God gave us a way out through His son, Jesus Christ. Everything we need to live a victorious life is found in Him and His magnificent love for us. Give up fear by kicking it out!
I can’t end this post without encouraging women who are afraid the baby they long for will never be, or, by reaching out to women in a different position, who think if they don’t abort the child they carry, their own life will be destroyed. Who’s telling you that?
Not God . . .
God gave you the desire to have a child, don’t give up on the dream that came from Him. Tell the fear to go and start rejoicing and praising Him for whatever way He’s going to bring that child into your life!
Abortion is not Gods plan. He gave the child life, so He wouldn’t tell you abortion is the answer. It’s part of your destiny to give birth to the baby you carry. He may choose another home for the child and a different path for you to walk, or He may show you He wants you to raise the child and for the two of your lives to be entwined as family.
Email me, or write. I will answer, help and pray for you. God is good. He’s hope and mercy and loving kindness.