This past weekend, I encouraged us as a church to face our fears using the resources God has given us. Those resources, as described in 2 Timothy 1:7 are “power, love and a sound mind.” To face our fears with power involves realizing our fears are sometimes rooted in a spiritual attack. Here’s a prayer you can use when/if you sense that your fear may be rooted in a spirit of fear:
Heavenly Father, I renounce any hold that a spirit of fear has had on my life. I bring the cross of Christ—His crucifixion, His resurrection, His ascension—against the work of the enemy. I cut off every foul spirit that has been harassing me. I command them to leave in the name of Jesus. I claim the blood of Jesus over my life, over my family, over my church.
For an extended spiritual warfare prayer to pray, I encourage you to follow this link to John Eldredge’s “Daily Prayer”. http://www.ransomedheart.com/sites/default/files/fileuploads/daily_prayer_regular_4-5-14.pdf
We also talked about the importance of a sound mind when facing our fears. By that, I mean that we are to focus our minds on God’s character and His promises to us. One practice to help in this regard is that of declaring out loud promises and truths found in God’s Word. Here are the promises and truths we declared out loud together in church this weekend:
I declare my faith in Jesus, who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead that I may have life.
I declare that His life is now my life. His power– the same power that raised Christ from the dead– lives in me.
I declare that nothing can ever separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. I belong to Him forever.
I declare that nothing can thwart God’s good purposes and plans for me. My God is absolutely faithful.
I declare that God’s perfect love is driving out my fear. Fear will not rule my life. I am strong and courageous because Jesus lives in me. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
We declare God’s blessings upon our church. We will follow Jesus together, trusting Him to do above and beyond what we could ever ask or imagine.