The sun is shining.. the tank is clean… BUT, all is not well.
I’m seriously praying this passes soon (& it WILL), but I am fairly unsettled after the break-in yesturday. Getting to sleep last night was a challenge… It didn’t help that it was a crazy windy night, so there were all sorts of unusual noises going on. I think the worst of it is that he was in every area of our home, but what is most bothersome to me is the time he obviously spent in my walk-in, going through my jewellery box, and drawers. It’s un-nerving being in there, knowing he was in there.
I feel silly even saying this stuff to be honest, but it is what it is. I also struggle with these feelings as they are feeling of fear, which is the opposite of faith. Whenever I struggle with a faith topic like this, I head into the Word as well as looking further etc.
I came across this when investigating the topic… it is an excerpt from “Tame Your Fears: And Transform Them Into Faith, Confidence, and Action by Carol Kent and Logos Bible Software.
Faith and fear cannot exist together. Faith is described in Hebrews 11:1 as being “certain of what we do not see.” It is an absolute belief that God is constantly working behind the scenes in every area of our lives, even when there is no tangible evidence to support that fact. On the other hand, fear, simply stated, is unbelief or weak belief. As unbelief gains the upper hand in our thoughts, fear takes hold of our emotions. Our deliverance from fear and worry is based on faith, which is the very opposite of unbelief. We need to understand that faith is not something that we can produce in ourselves. Faith is a gift (Ephesians 2:8-9) and is described as a fruit (or characteristic) which is produced in our lives by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). The Christian’s faith is a confident assurance in a God who loves us, who knows our thoughts and cares about our deepest needs. That faith continues to grow as we study the Bible and learn the attributes of His amazing character. The more we learn about God, the more we can see Him working in our lives and the stronger our faith grows.
A growing faith is what we desire to have and what God desires to produce in us. But how, in day-to-day life, can we develop a faith that conquers our fears? The Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). The careful study of God’s Word is of primary importance in developing a strong faith. God wants us to know Him and completely rely on His direction in our lives. It’s through the hearing, reading and meditation in the Scriptures that we begin to experience a strong, confident faith that excludes worry and fear. Spending time in prayer and quiet worship develops a relationship with our heavenly Father that sees us through even the darkest of nights. In the Psalms we see a picture of David, who, like us, experienced times of fear. Psalm 56:3 reveals his faith with these words: “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” Psalm 119 is filled with verses expressing the way in which David treasured God’s Word: “I seek you with all my heart” (v. 10); “I meditate on your precepts” (v. 15); “I have hidden your word in my heart” (v. 11). These are revealing words which speak wisdom to us today.
God is kind and understanding toward our weaknesses, but He requires us to go forward in faith, and the Bible is clear that faith does not mature and strengthen without trials. Adversity is God’s most effective tool to develop a strong faith. That pattern is evident in Scripture. God takes each one of us through fearful situations, and as we learn to obey God’s Word and allow it to saturate our thoughts, we find each trial becomes a stepping stone to a stronger and deeper faith. It gives us that ability to say, “He sustained me in the past, He’ll carry me through today and He’ll uphold me in the future!” God worked this way in David’s life. When David volunteered to fight against Goliath, he said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:37). David knew the God who had sustained him through dangerous situations in the past. He had seen and experienced God’s power and protection in his life, and this developed within him a fearless faith.
The Word of God is rich with promises for us to take hold of and claim for ourselves. When we face financial trouble, Philippians 4:19 tells us, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” If we are anxious about a future decision, Psalm 32:8 reminds us that God will “instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” In sickness we can remember that Romans 5:3 says, “Tribulation works patience.” If someone turns against us, we can be comforted by the words in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us who can be against us!” Throughout life we will continue to face various trials that would cause us fear, but God assures us that we can know a calm peace through every situation, “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” which He has promised will “guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
I just love it when I find good juicy info on a topic that I’m working through. Sadly, there is sometimes tentacles off this issue, which in this case is a tad bit of guilt (condemnation) when I do feel fearful. When I KNOW that fearfulness speaks to a character trait in regards to my Faith, I can dip into heaping condemnation on myself that I am ‘failing’ in my walk with The Lord at that particular time. Don’t worry…. I know to STAND ON THE WORD and pull myself out of those times !!
So, in conclusion, at the times where I feel ‘off’ at the thought of the intruder in my home, I tell the enemy to take a hike and get out of my house because when it comes down to it, the person that broke into my house is almost irrelevant.. It is the enemy who broke in and has attempted to leave elements of himself in my home, which result in my feeling fearful at times. I regularly claim protection over my home and family, claiming the protection God offers us, as well as claiming the blood of the lamb over us all. This statement in itself sends the enemy packing, but I vocalise it as well… just to make sure he definitely gets the point. :0) I’m simply choosing today to claim that protection a little more often than I normally would.
I’m also heaping blessings on the actual intruder, as he can’t be in a great place himself to feel the need to do something like this in someone’s home, to comfortably walk around someone’s home, touching and taking their things. There is a moral issue here as well as a self esteem issue. He cannot possibly respect himself if he can do these things. So, as a result, I’ll pray for him.
Blessings Peeps xox