fear is a liar 🎶

Fear is a liar. And when fear comes calling, we have the choice to answer or decline its call, each and every time it reaches out to ensnare us.

One song which shares the truth about fear, and that how it cannot remain in His Presence is “Fear is a Liar” by Zach Williams, who calls fear what it truly is – a liar. You too may be able to relate to a few of its common lies as you read the lyrics & hear the song. (If you do, call them what they are – lies, and break up with them in the Name of Jesus!)

🎵FEAR IS A LIAR🎶

When he told you you’re not good enough, when he told you you’re not right; when he told you you’re not strong enough to put up a good fight. When he told you you’re not worthy, when he told you you’re not loved; when he told you you’re not beautiful, you’ll never be enough.

Fear, he is a liar. He will take your breath, stop you in your steps. Fear, he is a liar. He will rob your rest, steal your happiness. Cast your fear in the fire, ’cause fear, he is a liar.

When he told you were troubled, you’ll forever be alone; when he told you you should run away, you’ll never find a home. When he told you you were dirty and you should be ashamed, when he told you you could be the one that grace could never change.

Oh, fear, he is a liar. He will take your breath, stop you in your steps. Fear, he is a liar. He will rob your rest, steal your happiness. Cast your fear in the fire – ’cause fear, he is a liar.

Let Your fire fall and cast out all my fears. Let Your fire fall, Your love is all I feel. (X4)”

Video with lyrics: https://youtu.be/8Ji01QBZ4D4

God, when fear comes calling, reassure me of who I am in You: forgiven, redeemed, beloved. Remind me that You are greater and more than able to empower me to kick fear out of my life. When I find fear within, fill me to overflowing with Your love, that fear will be so uncomfortable remaining within me that it will want to leave. Help me to break up with fear by naming it for what it is – a liar. Help me keep my thoughts focused on You, and not be swayed by what ifs. In Jesus’ Name, empowered by Holy Spirit, I ask You to make it so, Father. Amen!

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Breaking up with fear – part four

Fear has an unusual way of ensnaring us.

We can either become a captive or a prisoner when we give in to fear.

To become a captive, we believe a lie.

To become a prisoner, we hold back offering forgiveness to someone who has hurt us in some way.

In both ways, we end up separated from the freedom which awaits us on the other side of our situation. Which for many of us can feel like being locked in a room or behind bars, keeping us feeling far away from God, and often others.

Fear traps us and holds us right until we bring it into the Light.

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The truth is that when we come to God, and ask Him why we are feeling so fearful, He will reveal to you whether is because you are believing an enemy lie, or you have locked yourself up due to unforgiveness.

Believing a lie gives the enemy a foothold to keep you bound and not full who God wants you to be. The good news is once you name the lie & break off your agreement with it, it has to go. And in its place, God can release truth and new life.

We are often afraid that extending forgiveness means that there is no consequence for our offender. In His Kingdom, God is the only one who is supposed to judge. When we withhold forgiveness, we step into that place of judgment and end up judging ourselves.

Jesus said, “I am the Truth, the Way, and the Life.” And following Him means we have to follow His ways of doing things, which means offering forgiveness to those who harm us, even if they are our enemies, trusting that God will deal with the situation.

The good news is once you forgive the person you need to, God breaks you out of that prison, and releases freedom into YOUR life, breaking off the tie linking you in the present to the hurt from your past.

If you are afraid of something, ask God if you being held as a prisoner or captive. He will reveal which route you are to take to break free, and send that fear back to the pit where it belongs.

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Breaking up with fear – part three

One of the reasons why we become afraid is due to this truth:

“Fear is faith in the wrong god.” Kris Vallotton @kvministries

When we look to anything and everything other than God when we are in need, we boost our thoughts higher than they should be, and fall into the ‘lofty’ thoughts trap of the enemy.

God’s ways are higher, greater and will not only never fail, but always come to pass.

Is it any wonder why we become fear filled when we look elsewhere?!

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It is no coincidence that the Word reminds & reassures us not to fear over and over again. There are (depending on the translation) around 365 days worth of DO NOT FEAR verses for us to look to instead of alternate sources of comfort and encouragement.

Here are a few to speak aloud next time you are feeling fear creep up on you, or your thoughts stray away from His truth.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

“You came near when I called on You; You said, ‘Do not fear!’
(Lamentations 3:57)

“Fear not, therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows ” (Matthew 10:31)

What verse helps you stay grounded in your faith and away from lofty thoughts?

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Breaking up with fear – part two

FEAR can take ahold of us in sudden unexpected moments, when we start thinking on the ‘What ifs?’

Speculation is more than just what starts to run through our minds when our kids are late for curfew, your spouse doesn’t answer their cell phone, or you haven’t yet heard back about those test results.

Speculation is actually an enemy spirit whose job is to get you to take your focus off of God and send you a-spinning into imaginary situations.

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Because that pounding of your heart, rushing of your blood, and shallow breathing comes from agreeing (partnering, aligning) with that enemy spirit when that initial thought comes to mind, “What if?’

I recently heard a statement which strongly resonated within me as true.

“Enemy spirits are named after the method infliction or attack upon their target.” (Kris Vallotton, my paraphrase)

So if you are running circles in your mind speculating about what might be happening to your loved one, it’s time to take back control over your thoughts.

Tell speculation that you are done partnering with its thoughts, and you choose to trust God in this situation. Send speculation to the foot of the cross to be dealt with by Jesus, and invite Holy Spirit to usher peace, calm and trust within you where speculation had been roaming.

It’s time His kids start kicking fear in all its shapes and formats to the curb, and walking out our God given inheritance here on earth! (More to help you do just that coming the rest of this week.)

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False Evidence Appearing Real

“Fear is a good story teller, and a better movie maker.”

Kris Vallotton

If like me, you have been battling fear of late, maybe you also should be encouraged to keep fighting. And maybe like me, you too need to be reminded of the Truth.

This week, we will be facing fear head on, and confirming that it is indeed,

  • F alse
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  • A ppearing
  • R eal

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Breaking up with worry… Part 3

“So then, forsake your worries! Why would you say, “What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For that is what the unbelievers chase after. Doesn’t your heavenly Father already know the things your bodies require? So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from Him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.” (Matthew 5:31-34 TPT)

These verses confirm what we need to know in order to break up with worry:

➡️Focus on His ways, and He will make a way.

➡️Focus on the Provider, and He will provide.

➡️Focus on today, and live present.

Thank You God that You are the Way Maker, Miracle Worker & Promise Keeper. May these truths shine brighter than any darkness which would try to distract me from Your goodness, and Your love for me. Help me to keep my eyes focused through the lens of faith, my heart fixed firmly on Your love and and my mind fixed upon the evidence of how You have provided in the past. Your character never changes, and I am ever so humbled and grateful that You chose me as one of Yours, and will never stop providing for all my needs – including helping me break up with worry! In Holy Spirit power & the mighty name of Jesus I pray to You Father, Amen!

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Breaking up with worry – part 2

One of the things I was initially worried about with Covid as we entered the fall was clothing. How would I find out if it fits without trying it on? Will the stores be open when I need something?

God quietly has been blowing this worry out of the water as I have turned to Him in faith. He has lead me to several reasonably cost and log lasting items as I have needed them, all in my favorite colors and within my budget. Just one more way His loving care continues to unfold towards me as this pandemic continues to swirl about me. The peace I have knowing He’s got me is priceless.

 “And why would you worry about your clothing? Look at all the beautiful flowers of the field. They don’t work or toil, and yet not even Solomon in all his splendor was robed in beauty more than one of these!  So if God has clothed the meadow with hay, which is here for such a short time and then dried up and burned, won’t He provide for you the clothes you need, even though you live with such little faith?” (Matthew 5:28-30 TPT)

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Breaking up with worry – part 1

WORRY. One of the biggest battles many of us are currently facing is happening in our minds by worrying. I get it, as Covid has heightened this battle for me, and I know I am not alone in this as I connect with family, friends & clients across North America.

Yet those of us with faith can draw comfort and find direction on how to battle worry in the Word. One passage (part 1 is below) in particular tackles worry head on….by reminding us that our needs will be met by our Father, our Abba. So we can be more like the birds, and trust in His provision. Why? The verses are clear. By using the word Father, we are reminded that He has a relationship with each of His preclous kids, including you & me, and as a good Father, He will take loving care of us!

We are also reminded that worrying doesn’t add anything positive to our lives in the last sentence below…

“This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing- everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing? Look at all the birds – do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they? So, which one of you by worrying could add anything to your life?” (Matthew 5:25-27 TPT)

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In need of refreshing?

This winter, I have been thirstier than usual. Wearing masks in indoor heat has been drying me out more than usual. When I get home from work, my go to is Montellier for pure refreshment.

But I have also found that with all the ‘bad’ news swirling about, I am in daily need of emotional, mental and spiritual refreshment as much as my body craves water.

So this week, I will be sharing some verses which refresh me as much as a cool glass of water in the hottest of days. May they refresh us all as He releases them to take root within us.

“Like a drink of cool water to a weary, thirsty soul, so hearing good news revives the spirit.” (Proverbs 25:25 TPT)

“Water” by Matt Brouwer
https://youtu.be/dkSnCwQzI6A

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My 3 Rs of being present right now

This was going to be tomorrow morning’s early bird post, however I have decided to post it a bit earlier, so I can catch the night hawks as well!

Part of being more present in my life is learning how to remain present during the unexpected.

Last Thursday night, my right leg slipped as I stepped into my shower. Something I have done for years without an incident. My right leg did a full split on a diagonal as my left shin stopped my fall quite abruptly on the side of the tub. Apart from my loud scream of a prayer and the resulting immediate swelling on my shin, I thought that was it.

Saturday evening I began to have difficulty getting comfortable when sleeping. And this time it was not the snoring of cat or man which was disturbing my sleep.

Last night, my left side of my neck and my left lower back grew stiffer and stiffer as they presented themselves to grab my attention.

And tonight my physio confirmed that I have whiplash, not like I have ever had before, and swelling in my neck & back.

So my job tomorrow is to be present in my discomfort. To rest, relax and recharge as I give my body the time I needs to recoup from what was a 3 second incident which has decided to continue reminding me of its presence in my muscles.

Having most of tomorrow off work is a present I plan to unwrap slowly, and savor. The present only I can give to myself right now, being kind to myself as I let my body rest & recover.

Apart from the sore muscles, I feel great. Albeit a bit more in need of sleep than usual, but it made it easier to cheer on 🇨🇦 #WorldJuniors, so bonus present to myself!

Thankful for the reminder that God is present with me to calm and restore me in every way I might need it right now, known and unknown.

Sharing this graphic below as a free screensaver if you too need to reminder to present yourself with rest & relaxation right now too!

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