Lately, I have been plagued by feelings that nobody wants. Those feelings are of fear. Since I suffer from several chronic medical conditions, I have to take different types of medication each day. It is a constant concern of mine that one medication will affect a therapeutic value of another medication. I, most of all, fear that my antidepressant medication will be the one that will be adversely affected. I have struggled with depression for many years and I have finally achieved a balance in my behavior and I am happier now than I have been the last 10 years. I have been told that my mental condition is chronic and anything can tilt my world to throw me back into the "black hole" of depression. The thought of losing control over my mind is, indeed, a terrifying one. So, what do I do to hold the fear that crouches at the door of my mind? I turn to the scriptures and gain courage and confidence from the words of my Heavenly Father.
If I did not possess the knowledge of the Truth, I probably would not have the courage to face each day. One day at a time, though, is all that we should be concerned with. God teaches us through his word, in Matthew 6:34, "Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." There is always something that can bring that "menacing monster, fear" out from the dark corner of each mind, whether it be mountains of bills, illness of our own or a loved one, a job in jeopardy, or the car or house needing costly repairs. There is one thing we can do no matter what the crisis. That one thing is to rely on the Lord. Read the Word. Let the Lord give you the courage to go on. If you store his thoughts in your mind, you will have them readily available to withstand any emergencies. As long as you have the Word, you are carrying a shield with you to fend off any defeating thought intruding into your mind.
|Deu 31:6-8||Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it. And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.|
|Jos 1:5||There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.|
|Psa 18:30||As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.|
|Psa 23||The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.|
|Psa 27:1||The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?|
|Psa 55:22||Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;|
|Psa 73:23||Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.|
|Isa 41:13||For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.|
|Phi 4:13||I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.|
|Heb 13:5-6||Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.|