A message I listened to this week made a mention ("in passing") about the importance of filling our minds with Scripture.
It detailed the journey from head to heart and out through our living (behavior).
As we know, in Paul's great poetic speech on dealing with anxiety (which can lead to full blown fear), he tells us this:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.
The Lord is near; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
But, a great way to speed up the process is to speak truth out loud!
Hear yourself saying God-Words over and over again ---- that's part of the "practice these things".
Hear yourself pray the truth back to Jesus.
Hear your words, and your heart will respond; because, when your heart hears the words, it knows there is mindfulness...
In return, conviction is on its way.
Saying the words of truth out loud is a way to declare war on fear.
"Fear and worry are always fed by ignorance."
"Worry is simply prayer in reverse."
"Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but empties today of its strength."
"Jesus never asked anyone to play it safe. We were born to be brave."
Hope is the only thing more powerful than fear...
Courage is never without fear...
Courage is simply fear that has said its prayers...
Fear knocked at the door.
Faith answered, and found no one there.
When troubled by fear and worry,
Remind God what He has promised.
He can not lie!
He can not be untrue to His character.
He is always faithful.
Now then...here's an assignment I'm working on. It's an assignment for you, as well.
Grab yourself some 3 X 5 cards.
Write on each card some "God Thoughts" from these statements above in regards to fear and anxiety.
Next time you feel those difficult-to-deal-with-emotions rolling over your soul, declare war!
Start going through your list of truths.
Some may be Scriptures.
Some may just be statements of fact.
But use them.
Preach 'em to yourself.
These are a few of the ones I've started with...