Welcome It’s nice to be back with you. I hope you enjoyed your Easter holiday and had a chance to spend time with family and friends. Today, we are talking about fear and how it is one of the biggest tools Satan uses to bring us down and away from God’s blessings. I should know, I’ve lived it for many years!
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Food For Thought I think it was about a month ago that I first hears Zach Williams’ song Fear is a Liar. I was hooked before the song had even finished playing once. In fact, I haven’t purchased music in several years thanks to free internet radio and our satellite radio, but I now own this CD. It’s been even longer since I purchased a physical CD, but this one is that good! This song alone was enough to convince me I must have it. My 11-year-old daughter and I have been listening to it in the car almost non-stop, and she now says he’s her favorite singer. I love listening to music and I especially love when I hear a song’s lyrics that I can identify with personally. This song is definitely one of them, and for better or worse, I can identify with the characters portrayed in the video that goes with the song, but that’s a story for a different day.
Many of us have days when we feel unworthy, unloved, and unwanted. Our fears tell us we’ll never be good enough. Our fears speak to all our insecurities, tearing us down until we have no spirit left to fight off the fear and the lies. Sometimes this comes to us through the harsh words of others, who seem to have no control over their tongues. Sometimes we experience just one too many let-downs or disappointments. Sometimes it comes through our own unfounded perceptions because we have a battle going on in our minds. Sometimes a series of false tales combined with life’s circumstances brings us to believe we are never going to be good enough. It takes strength, and hearing the truth again and again, to get us to realize these are all lies. There are going to be days when all the fears scream louder than the truth. Those are hard days, I know. Our fears tell us, “You can’t do this. You will fail. This is love and grace is not meant for you.” Our fears tell us we’re too scared to face another day of lies, because we have come to believe them as truth. Unfortunately, too many people never get to hear the real truth and go on believing the lies. They live a life of misery, unhappiness, depression, and anxiety. Or worse, they decide to not live that life anymore, and choose to end it.
One day last year, I decided to stop believing the lies. I remember the day very clear, and I remember the awful, wretched days that led up to my epiphany. An experience I had, combined with reading the right words at the right time, finally convinced me that all of these lies are from Satan. I didn’t want to be scared to live my own life anymore! I was trapped in my own mind and it was destroying me, even physically. Now I want you to understand that life doesn’t immediately become one giant rose garden once you recognize the lies and choose to stop believing them! I did experience a stretch of time when everything felt like it was going well, but inevitably life happens and things don’t go as we plan. I still have plenty of days when I feel the fear telling me I’m not good enough and I should give up. Satan knows my insecurities and weaknesses. He uses them to fuel my fear and convince me to believe the lies. The lies that I’m ugly. The lies that I will never be successful at a job. The lies that people hate me or talk about me behind my back or avoid me or leave me out on purpose. The lies that I am rejected by everyone. The lies that I can’t be a good wife or mother. The lies that no one cares about what I have to say. The lies that I have no purpose in this world. The lies that “she” has a better life than me because of (fill in the blank). The lies that I’ll be happy if I just have (fill in the blank). All of these lies keep me from living a joyful, peaceful life. And it’s just not worth it!
As you can see, the lies come at me constantly, like they do for so many others. The only way to combat all of these lies and fears is to arm ourselves with God’s truths, and a lot of them. We have to keep these affirmations at the ready and use them liberally, or fear will overtake our spirit. In my last post, I talked about using God’s Word to arm us on the battlefield against sin. Today, I want to share the positive talk from scripture that we need to use against the lies that Satan tries to feed us through our fears every day. This has been the best way I can cast my own fears into the fire.
Today’s Scriptures When the lies of Satan begin to build your fears, turn to some calming passages from scripture.
Today’s Recipe I often try to make a strawberry dessert for Easter, especially since they are usually coming into season. When I went to the store this weekend, there was a sign in place of strawberries. Apparently, California is having just as much trouble finding spring weather as we are here in the Midwest. There were absolutely zero fresh strawberries at my local supermarket due to a damaging cold snap at the farms. Never fear…blueberries are here! There were plenty of plump and juicy blueberries, instead, which led to a cast iron blueberry cobbler for our Easter dessert. I made mine a LARGE cast iron skillet, but if you use a small skillet, you can easily half the recipe.
Reduced Sugar Blueberry Cobbler
- 1 stick butter
- 2 1/4 cups sugar substitute (such as Splenda), divided
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- 2 cups milk
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 pint fresh blueberries
- cinnamon, if desired
- sugar-free vanilla ice cream, for serving, if desired
Turn oven to 400 degrees. Place butter in large cast iron skillet. Place in oven to melt while oven is heating. In bowl, whisk together 2 cups of the sugar substitute and flour. Add milk and vanilla, stirring until just combined. Remove skillet from oven when butter has melted. Pour batter into skillet. Sprinkle blueberries evenly over batter. Sprinkle remaining sugar over berries. Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Edges should be golden bubbly and center should be set. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.