I’m afraid of cockroaches. I think they’re just really *shivers*. So when I see a cockroach in an area, that area becomes a no-go zone. I stay far away from that specific area so that the cockroach would not attack me (Cause that’s what cockroaches do?). Many times this has cost me my time and energy mainly because it becomes so hard to access that area and I’ve got to find other ways to get things done. My life in that few minutes or hours become controlled by a tiny cockroach! This cockroach surely has moved on from that area but I can’t help thinking he’s lurking in the corner waiting to crawl up on me. My mom keeps asking me ‘What will a cockroach do to you? They’re afraid of you but you’re running away from them!’ And yet, here I am, a fully grown woman, running in fear of a cockroach who has no power to do anything to me and who can be crushed under my little finger.
I couldn’t help but wonder if this is how we actually live our life.
We live in fear of that failure we experienced long ago and we don’t want to try that again. We live in fear of going back to places that remind us of painful days though that place doesn’t have power over us at all. Every day we live a less abundant life due to fear of something that happened long ago. We dread the attack of the enemy and we live with caution. The Bible tells us to be alert and sober of the enemy. The Bible also tells us not to be afraid of the enemy and to resist him.
The truth is that the devil is like the cockroach. He has no power. He is already defeated and lost. But he rallies against us with his lies because he knows if we live in the fear of our past mistakes and failures then we will never move forward to the future God has prepared for us. So he will remind you every now and then of all those things you shouldn’t do again and cripple you with fear. ‘Don’t love too much, you’ll be rejected”. “Don’t give too much, you’ll not have enough”. “Don’t forgive them, they’ll just repeat it again”. “Don’t go to church, that’s where all those hypocrites go”. “Don’t go speak on stage, you’ll flop it like the last time”. “Don’t sing, remember how they laughed at you that day?”. “Don’t write that exam again, you’ll just fail”. The lies go on and on. The only thing the enemy knows to do is to twist the truth. He knows that we have the power to crush him underneath our feet by just a word from our mouth. But sadly, we live like we are helpless victims of the cockroach all our life. The truth is this: Jesus wants us to live an abundant life free of fear and He’s given us authority over the devil and his tricks. It’s ours for the taking but we don’t take it. (Sigh).
Have you seen the movie ‘The Shack’? In this movie, God calls Mack to meet with him at the place his daughter died – The Shack. When Mack asks God why God chose this terrible place to meet with him, God replies ‘This is where you got stuck’.
Are you stuck somewhere? You need to go revisit that place.
Don’t let the enemy take over areas of your life that doesn’t belong to him.
It’s time to take back control and ask fear to go to hell where he belongs.
You’ll even walk unharmed among the fiercest powers of darkness, trampling every one of them beneath your feet! Psalms 91:13
For God will never give you the spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
Be well balanced and always alert, because your enemy, the devil, roams around incessantly, like a roaring lion looking for its prey to devour. Take a decisive stand against him and resist his every attack with strong, vigorous faith. For you know that your believing brothers and sisters around the world are experiencing the same kinds of troubles you endure. 1 Peter 5:8-9