By CYMBELINE REFALDA-VILLAMIN
Even good people striving to walk the path of righteousness have many enemies—discouragement; loneliness; fear from both natural and man-made disasters; people who do not exactly hate us but would be happy to see us fall, be abandoned by God, and not receive healing and deliverance. From all these enemies, it is but natural to be afraid and lose sleep. But thank God, people can decide not to be afraid. As of to date, psychologists have listed some 500 kinds of phobia and thank God again, the Holy Bible has mentioned 365 verses, encouraging people not to be afraid.
Pastor Ed Lapiz of Day by Day Ministries, in one of his daily broadcasts over DZAS, taught about Psalm 3:3, which is about the psalm of David when he fled from the usurper to his throne, his very own son, Absalom, and the title of the sermon was, “When Threatened by Enemies.”
But you are a shield around me, O Lord… -Psalm 3:3 (NIV)
We are like King David during many times in our lives when we flee from our enemies. We can be comforted by the fact that God is a shield-- not just on our left or right, front or back, above or below—but around us. When we cry to God, He surely answers our prayers. We need not lose sleep due to fear because God protects us, comforts us, and sustains us.
Protection and Comfort from the Highest Power
The security industry continues to be lucrative with all its private guards for hire, innovative locks, magnetic card keys, alarm systems, and surveillance cameras because people are afraid for their safety. How many among us sleep with a loaded gun on the bedside drawer or a knife, an axe, a hammer, a screw driver within arm’s reach for self defense in case of a sudden attack from thieves in the middle of the night.
It is good to be security conscious and exhaust all humanly possible ways to be safe. But after we have done our part, we leave everything to God, trust Him completely, and sleep peacefully.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. –Psalm 127:1
Do not be Afraid
Aside from exhausting all humanly possible ways to be physically safe and secure, righteous people must avoid making enemies; and defeat perceived or real enemies by turning them into friends.
Refrain from anger and turn away from wrath, do not fret – it leads only to evil. (Psalm 37:8)
A calm, soft answer alleviates the hatred of the impulsive attacker who has lost his proper perspective. Always be humble; never seek to win over any argument or situation if such will lead to violence. It may seem to the worldly that we are a loser when we refuse to fight back, but in fact we are the one who emerge victorious because of our self control and refusal to go down to the level of the unrighteous.
We can still be righteously angry, but in our anger, we must not sin. We must avoid saying or doing anything that violates God’s commands and which we will just regret later. Wait for emotions to cool down and then settle conflicts in civilized and Godly manner. It is so easy to get angry with the people we love because we may often take them for granted. We must avoid hurting our children, spouse, parents, siblings, relatives, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. We can do this when we always strive for humility, unselfishness, kindness, understanding, mercy and love.
If we are afraid and cannot sleep in peace, there is only one problem, and that is, we forget to remember God. We are created in God’s image and there is divinity within us. God gave us the power to rule over not only lesser creatures but also over forces of evil. We have the power to cast out and bind demons, in the mighty name of His Son, Jesus Christ.
My greatest fear is for my children’s safety and innocence. The Holy Spirit led me to this verse which set me free and healed me.
All your sons will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace. In righteousness you will be established; Tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear; Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. – Isaiah 54:13-14
The following are but some of the more than 300 verses in the Holy Bible that will empower us and heal us, give us victory over our fears. We must meditate on these each time the enemies threaten us.
Do not be afraid for I am with you. – Isaiah 43:5
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid – John 14:27
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:8
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. – Psalm 13:5
Keep me safe, O God, for in You I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1
You armed with strength for battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet. – Psalm 18:39
Even though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me. – Psalm 23:4
Be still and know that I am God. – Psalm 46:10
When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God whose word I praise, in God I trust. I will not be afraid. What can men do to me? – Psalm 56:3-4
You will not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day… - Psalm 91:5
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my heart. – Psalm 94:19
…for He grants sleep to those He loves. – psalm 127:2
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
The Lord is my helper, I will not fear. What can man do to me? – Hebrews 13:5
I will never leave you, nor forsake you. – Hebrews 13:5
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. – Ecclesiastes 7:8-9
In your anger, do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry and do not give the devil a foothold. – Ephesians 4:26-27
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32
Disclaimer: I am not the author of this article as you can see. The sole purpose of this post is merely sharing the Word of God. All credits goes to the author. God Bless.