“I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed,” (Psalm 18:37, KJV).
I was reading the book of Psalm recently when I came across this verse. I saw myself in my 20’s and 30’s being chased by fear and his friends – the lows (low self-esteem and low self-worth). Those feelings had me running all over the place. I was so frantic that I didn’t care where I ran. I just ran to escape my enemies, those enemies in my mind. I ran without any focus. I ran so fast I couldn’t hear the Lord trying to speak to me.
I was running so hard I couldn’t, wouldn’t do those things God was calling me to do because the lows told me I wasn’t good enough.
I couldn’t be free in praise and worship because I was afraid of what people thought about me.
I couldn’t pursue my dream of becoming an author because fear told me my writing didn’t measure up.
I couldn’t establish healthy friendships because the lows had me so bound I didn’t trust anyone.
One day I got tired of running. I was exhausted, but I still had a little fight. So I stopped and waited for my enemies to approach me, and when fear and his minions came near me, I looked them in the face and roared as loudly as possible. My enemies were stunned, turned, and fled…with me in hot pursuit.
I chased them while yelling at fear. I caught up to fear first and told him I was sick and tired of him. I turned Power, Love, and a Sound Mind loose on him, and they destroyed him. I kept running and soon overtook the lows: esteem, worth, and value. They were easy to catch once the fear was destroyed. It was three against one. They were strong, and I felt my feet slipping under the weight of 40 years of them whispering lies in my ears. But all of a sudden, I felt my strength returning when my new friends Accepted in the beloved and Fearfully and Wonderfully Made stepped in. They pulverized the lows!
Does this sound like you? Do fear and the lows have you running for your life?
You don’t have to run anymore.
Freedom in Christ includes freedom from fear and his awful friends, the lows. Stop right now! Turn to fear and the lows and rebuke them in the name of Jesus. Pursue those things God promised you. Be confident in the Lord, His protection, and His word. He will help you. Your enemies don’t have a chance with Him on your side.
Walk in freedom from fear and low self-esteem!