When I was in my early teens, I lived a pretty sheltered life. I had the mentality that nothing bad would ever happen to me. Then, one day I found myself right in the middle of a really bad situation. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time resulted in a pistol being put to my head. A robbery that was sudden and unexpected, yet completely terrifying.
“Don’t move or I’ll shoot!” The harsh words of my abductor rattled me to my very core. As I stood there shaking uncontrollably, I could feel the pistol resting against my temple. The hard cold surface of the gun’s tip pressed forcefully into my head. As my heart pounded rapidly a repeated thought kept running through my mind, “I’m going to die – my life is over.”
Fortunately, that day was not my last and by the grace of God, I’m alive today to share my story.
Although I had no physical wounds from that horrible experience, the emotional and mental scars were carved deep into my heart, penetrating to the center of my shaken soul. It bubbled up to the surface in the form of extreme fear that haunted me for a very, very long time.
Replaying the horrible scenes in my mind would keep me up many nights and when I was awake, I would be afraid to go anywhere alone – or be left alone.
Fearful thoughts created a powerful chain that wrapped around my heart and mind. Each day the chain would become tighter and tighter, leaving me helpless and paralyzed.
What if I run into this person again? What will happen if he recognizes me? What if he followed me home from the crime scene and knows where I live? Will he come back looking for me?
I didn’t feel safe…anywhere.
I was afraid….all of the time.
I worried…. and the “what ifs” haunted me.
Looking back, I realize fear ruled my life and dictated my decisions.
Fear had put a gun to my head and chained me up like a hostage for years.
What was my biggest regret? Not having God’s Word hidden in my heart and etched in my mind. If I would have taken the time to memorize Scripture during that season of anguish, my fearful thoughts could have been replaced with God’s promises of protection and security.
When the “what-if” worries came, I could have traded those in for God’s truth.
You will know the truth and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
On those nights when I was lying awake in bed for hours, I could have spoken this promise to help me fall asleep:
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; you will lie down, and your sleep will be pleasant. Proverbs 3:24 (HCSB)
When I worried about my intruder coming back for me, I should have memorized this promise to claim:
Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them (him). For it is the LORD your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (HCSB)
When I was alone and scared, I could have focused on this verse to calm my nerves and bring peace to my heart:
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (HCSB)
For it is the power of Jesus that sets us free.
His Word breaks the chains of bondage in our lives.
Have you experienced something tragic in your past that has left you fearful? Maybe a situation in your present circumstances that is haunting you with “what-if” lies, doubts or worries? Do you lay awake at night gripped with fear or wonder how you can possibly face another day?
If so, I understand and I have the answer that can get you past your struggles and propel you into unshakable faith!
Do you want freedom?
Do you want those painful chains broken from your life today?
Real and sustainable freedom is only found in Jesus and His powerful Word.
Jesus is the Chain Breaker.
If you don’t have God’s Word hidden in your heart, you can start fresh today by memorizing a couple Scriptures verses. Feel free to use the ones I’ve posted above. Speak them out loud and let them mend your heart and soul. Fear comes from the enemy and he can’t stand to hear the words of Jesus. So, speak them loud and clear – it will send him running every single time.
Remember, freedom is available for you today. All you have to do is receive it!
Now it’s your turn…
Today’s Question: What is your greatest fear or struggle in life today? Have you made some progress in overcoming it? If not, what is holding you back? Share your thoughts so that I can pray for you today.
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