Imagine you’re the owner of a house, and the door is always cracked open. Someone comes to your door one day, and at first, they seem friendly and like a normal person, so you let them in. However, once you do so, they end up inviting themselves (and some of their friends) to stay for dinner. They eat all your food, break your dishes, spill things on the floor, and wreck havoc on what was once a peaceful and orderly place.
This is just what happens when we let fear enter our hearts and our minds. It’s a dangerous place to go, a road than just continually gets darker until or unless we do something about it. When the enemy starts to come in, he tries to make us think that fear is something that we will never get over, that it will hold us forever, and, worst of all, that it will only get worse from here.
If you struggle with fear/depression or anything at all related, even if it’s small, I want to give you a few things to remember next time you feel fearful or even the smallest doubt comes into your head. Let’s dive into these truths…
Don’t let fear take dominion
I just want to start right off the bat and remind you that the enemy truly has no power. He only has as much power as we choose to give him. Let me explain: imagine you’re going through your day, and a small thought of fear/anxiety/worry/doubt/etc. comes into your head. You dismiss it, but then it comes back throughout the day and you continue to let it bother you. Because of this, the thought grows and gains dominion in your head. When we allow thoughts the enemy plants into our heads to stay there and don’t replace them with the Truth of God, they will grow. Learn to replace thoughts of worry or doubt with Truth from God’s Word and resist the devil. HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU. & WHEN YOU DRAW NEAR TO GOD HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU.
Also, I want to add, if you’re unsure if what you’re feeling is from God or the enemy (conviction vs. fear), pray over it and then go on with your day, choosing to focus on Scripture. I’m learning that if God is trying to speak something to you, He’ll do it multiple ways and keep persistently speaking it to you. If it’s the enemy, the thought will get smaller as you choose to ignore it.
James 4:7-10 // Be subject therefore to God. But resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament, mourn, and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you.
2 Timothy 1:7 // For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.
You are loved beyond all measure
Oh my goodness, if only I could express in words how truly loved and adored you are. I know that many people have thoughts of doubt and wonder if God’s good enough, or they wonder if they’re good enough. In times of doubt and depression, keep in mind that you are loved so so much by the One who died to know you, and He is Love! He doesn’t love you one day, and then leave you the next when you feel down. He walks with you each day, loving you and pursuing a relationship and a life spent with you, where you love Him and He loves you, and you walk in His Truth that sets you free.
Ephesians 2:10 // For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them. (emphasis added)
Jeremiah 31:3 // Yahweh appeared of old to me, saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn you.
Learn to focus on others when you feel down
There’s something very powerful when we choose to pour out into someone else. Even when I do something as simple as send an encouraging text, it reminds me that my purpose is to love others and to love Jesus, and makes my day to be able to make someone’s day. When you feel self-pity or any other doubts sinking into your heart, look for ways you can bless others – do chores for your parents or siblings, write a letter to a relative, call a friend, or, if you can’t do things like this at the time, you can do something as simple as texting a friend who you haven’t texted in a while or who’s hurting, or posting an encouraging post on social media. There’s so many options and so many ways to bless others!
Matthew 22:36-40 // “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. A second likewise is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
Turn to Jesus, not electronics or “me time”
In a world where we’re told “me time” will refresh our souls when we are tired, only Jesus can do that. Trust me when I say that I have found that my phone only gives me a temporal distraction, and when I get off of it, I’m just sitting there wondering what to do with my time. However, the opposite effect happens when I spend time with Jesus – I have a great way to occupy my time, and my thoughts are all redirected to Him and His glory. Learn to turn to Jesus, Bible reading + prayer, whenever you feel down. He not only fills your cup, but overflows it.
Psalm 23:1, 3-5 // Yahweh is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing.
He restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup runs over.
Let God fight for you
When you feel knocked down by fear, remember that it wasn’t David that defeated Goliath – Yahweh fought for him. On our own, we can never overcome fear/doubt/etc, because we aren’t strong enough. Only with God can we fight against the enemy and thoughts that aren’t on God. We need to trust in Him and ask Him to fill our mind with His Truth. We need to pray whenever a thought enters our head that He would redirect it to His Truth. Surrender your mind and your days to Him and let Him turn your thoughts to His promises and praise.
Exodus 14:13-14 // Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of Yahweh, which he will work for you today: for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you shall never see them again. Yahweh will fight for you, and you shall be still.”
Deuteronomy 31:7-8 // Moses called to Joshua, and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land which Yahweh has sworn to their fathers to give them; and you shall cause them to inherit it. Yahweh himself is who goes before you. He will be with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be discouraged.”
Thank you for reading, I hope and pray that this post encouraged you today! Let’s chat in the comments below!
Do you ever struggle with doubt, anxiety, stress, worry, or depression? Are there any Scriptures that encourage you in those times? Which of the 5 points do you think you can apply to your life, today?
Also I have a fun announcement for you all! A girl that I “met” through the Young Writer’s Workshop just launched her blog this week! Go check it out – her blog is super fun and colorful & I’m looking forward to reading her posts. 🙂
With a single dream to light a fire in the hearts of teenagers, Annie Cate Anderson is a blog dedicated to reaching the world for Christ and having fun along the way. Rotating weekly topics include devotionals, writing tips, and thoughts on life and hot tea. Check out the blog here!