I have found that at times I must keep things simple. Hebrews 6:18 tells me it is impossible for God to lie. Then Isaiah 26:3 says that God will keep me in perfect peace if my mind is fixed on Him. Finally in 2 Timothy 1:7 I am assured that God does not want me to have a spirit of fear, but of a sound mind.
Fear is at the heart of anxiety and despair. If I have fear, I want my fear to be conquered, not subdued by drugs. Also, I would rather have God deny my prayer requests because what I want may not be best for me, not because there is something in my walk not quite right.
Let’s not rob ourselves of peace or hinder ourselves from having our prayers answered. It is not always to be blamed on Satan, who is the great thief. Undealt with sin in our life can be so much more the culprit. We would much rather take our drugs to temporarily lift us out of our despair than to deal with the heart of the matter to permanently restore us.
With a quick to blame the Devil attitude, and a pocket book of Bible promises we want to hold God to, we sometimes forget that the Lord has set standards for us to live by.
I came across a recent blog taken from David Wilkerson’s archives. It is as follows:
Just then a hand touched me and lifted me, still trembling, to my hands and knees. And the man said to me, “Daniel, you are very precious to God, so listen carefully to what I have to say to you. Stand up, for I have been sent to you.” When he said this to me, I stood up, still trembling. Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer.” (Daniel 10:10-12).
Show me a Christian who refuses to acknowledge his sin—who says, “My hands are clean”—and I will show you someone with a false piety. Such a person puts on a big smile, has a confident walk and boasts that all is well. But it’s all a facade! The Bible makes it clear that if anyone hides his sin, he will not prosper. God lifts His Spirit from him and his unrepentant heart is full of fear and restlessness!
But show me a repentant Christian—one who is sensitive to sin, willing to be searched, crying out, “I’m guilty, God!”—and I will show you one who soon will walk without any trace of fear. God will reach His mighty hand into that believer’s heart and pluck out all roots of fear so that he will know the immeasurable favor and blessing of God! Beloved, let God examine your heart; ask the Holy Spirit to reveal everything you have said or done that is grievous to Him. Think of anyone you have slandered or gossiped about, and admit how sinful it was. Go to that person and seek forgiveness. I promise that if you make things right, you will release in your life favor from God as you have never known before! The Lord will open your eyes, ears and understanding and you will be given a revelation of things to come: “[You will] understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days” (Daniel 10:14).