“What if our economy crashes?
“What if I lose my job?”
“What if we lose our freedom?”
Welcome to fear of the future that creeps in with the dreadful words “What if?”.
“What if’s” are meant to take you out of God’s timing. They run you out from under his umbrella of grace with foreboding spirits of dread. They cause you to fear tomorrow, next week, or years from now.
Grace, like Manna, was only given for a day. When you run ahead with spirits of fear, you come out from under God’s protective grace, and your manna supply rots.
It is time to stop! Turn off the sound of conflict and focus on the word of God.
God is still in control, the ruling spirit is still the Holy Spirit, and God’s promises are for today! Focus your attention on the truth of God and not the lies of the enemy.
We struggle with disappointment because we lean on our own understanding. Do you remember the two believers traveling on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13? They were heading away from Jerusalem while consumed by the disappointment of Jesus’ death. They failed to realize Jesus was walking right beside them with the roadmap. As believers, we walk from a place of victory at the cross to success in our future. Don’t let the “what if’s” steal your peace.
The word Shalom means the absence of chaos. You may find yourself in a hurricane of thoughts and emotions, but it is time to center yourself in the eye of the storm and rest in the Shalom presence of God.
Abraham Expected the Promise
I love how The Passion Translation paints the picture of Abrahams faith in God’s promises:
Against all odds, when it looked hopeless, Abraham believed the promise and expected God to fulfill it. Romans 4:18
Abraham believed because he did not rely on the facts.
In spite of being nearly one hundred years old when the promise of having a son was made, his faith was so strong that it could not be undermined by the fact that he and Sarah were incapable of conceiving a child. Romans 4:19
5 Keys to Remove the Dreadful “What if’s?”
- Bind spirits of dread with the blood of Jesus from invading your thoughts for the next 30 days. When you hear the words “What if,” declare: I bind every spirit of dread and fear of the future that is tormenting my mind right now with the blood of Jesus Christ. I loose the shalom peace of God over my mind, and I choose to rest in peace in Jesus’ name.
- Think about what you are thinking about and ask God to show you what lies at the root of fear. When the world’s noise gets too loud, look up and know that all of heaven is rejoicing because it is getting closer and closer to victory.
- Ask God to show you his perspective and trust God. He will use what is meant for evil for your good.
- Focus your thoughts on five things you can be grateful for in your life today.
- Seek deliverance and counseling if you need help removing dread routed in fear of the future.
Some battles require pastoral counseling assistance. If you can’t do it alone, get help to win the battle!