Read it! Psalm 3
I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.
Think it through
So you know I’ve struggled with anxiety, right? The regular kind, and the clinical kind?
That was meant as a joke. If you’ve read any of my stuff, then you’ve figured that one out. And during the course of each of my talks, I share that I’ve suffered with clinical anxiety and that it was the catalyst for this ministry and the whole idea of spiritual clutter. I generally only talk about it for five minutes or so—and I do it in a way that ties in directly with the specific talk topic, so it’s a little different each time—but I always share.
Recently, a MOPS group coordinator who was in the process of booking me as a speaker for the fourth year in a row (bless her heart!), asked me, “Could you maybe shorten your talk a bit by not talking about the anxiety stuff? Because we’ve pretty much heard your story…”
I replied, “I understand what you mean… but sorry, no, I can’t.”
I have my reasons. And my calling. So I won’t take out the anxiety stuff.
Which brings me to the “I will not’s.” We’ve been studying the the many, many “I will’s” in Psalms, but we haven’t really considered the many, many “I will not’s.” Here are a few:
- Psalm 3: I will not fear
- Psalm 16: I will not be shaken
- Psalm 118: I will not be afraid
- Psalm 30: I will never be shaken
There are other “I will not’s”, but “I will not fear” is definitely a theme.
We all get anxious sometimes. Fear is a “spring up” emotion that we can’t help but feel… but even in the grip of a full-on anxiety attack, we don’t have to let the fear (and thus our enemy) prevail in our hearts. We can say, “I will not.”
- I will not play out this scenario in my head (let my imagination run wild).
- I will not let this fear shake my faith in my good God.
- I will not make a bad or sinful choice out of fear.
- I will not give into this false feeling.
I know it’s hard, I’ve been there. Fear is real. But God is stronger than fear. He is the reason we will not be shaken.
Live it like you mean it
What’s your “I will not” when fear assails you? How about a other negative feelings, like feeling overwhelmed or out of control? Decide you won’t be shaken. Write a Thought Shot (like the ones above) that will help you fight the enemy. Feel free to take one of mine!
Then declare it with and before your great God, I will not.
Lift it up
Lord, I will not fear. I will not be shaken. I will not be put to shame. When fear assails me, I will put my trust in You. Please fill me with Your Spirit, with your peace and hope. Amen.
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