Today I got a fright! Isaac and I were getting his horse ready to ride, and were leading her down to the arena. Suddenly she reared up, and proceeded to buck and kick all over the place, with me holding on to the ends of the reins. Fortunately Isaac was walking a good distance away so avoided her kicking hoofs. It seems another horse had spooked her as we walked past.
Life is full of times when we are faced with events or circumstances in which we may get a scare or be caused to become afraid. Too often we can panic and lose control of the situation completely, as fear kicks in and clouds our judgement and ability to react positively. Instead the aim is to remain calm and focused, so that we can assess the truth of what we are facing and deal with it accordingly.
Staying calm is imperative to thinking clearly, hearing from God, and resolving a situation quickly and safely. Today I was able to stay remarkably calm and not panic; in fact I did the exact opposite, and quieted a panicky horse down instead.
I managed to be firm and take charge. Why? Because even though I may be little on the outside, I knew that I was not alone holding that horse. The resurrection power and presence of Jesus abides on the inside of me, plus I also have quite a few angels helping me out too.
“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” (Romans 8:11)
”Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14)
Knowing and understanding that truth instantly gives us courage and strength. We are not alone, and we are more powerful than we often think and look.
When we realise who we are in God, and acknowledge His presence and power resides within and all around us, we will also realise that all things must settle down, be subdued, and come under our authority – jumpy horses included!
However we have to learn how to walk in that authority, to walk and govern the space around and beyond us. To believe what God says about us, and live like it’s true. When we do, something changes – there is wisdom, and a confidence that erupts on the inside of us, and instead of fear overpowering us we have boldness and peace.
That’s how God wants us to live 24/7. He says greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world, and that we have been given all dominion and authority (1 John 4:4). That what Jesus demonstrated while he walked on the earth, we can also walk in. This is the Jesus who calmed storms, who walked through a violent crowd intent on killing him; who subdued demons, and stood and answered his critics calmly and without fear. Over 365 times in the bible it tells us not to be afraid, for He is with us. That He will give us words to speak, and wisdom and strength to handle whatever we face.
Next time you are in a scary situation or feel overwhelmed, intimidated or afraid, remember that when you ask Jesus to come into your life, He is with you, and you can do all things through and in His strength. You are powerful, and have authority in the space and place you are in. Let that truth cause courage and wisdom to rise up on the inside, realising that the power that created the world; that speaks life to the dead and causes all things to be held together is within you.
“For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:16-17)
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
“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?” (Psalm 27:1)
“In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.” (Psalm 138:3)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)