I have battled fear and anxiety for most of my life.  My fear can be seriously crippling at times–I still have major issues with driving on the interstate 5 years after having a scary wreck early one Sunday morning.

I’ve learned that what I fill my heart and my head with and what I confess with my mouth has a huge effect on my emotional and mental well being.

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. (the Living Bible translation says “Banish fear and doubt!”) For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9

Your mind is the first place the enemy will attack you–with fear, doubt, discouragement, depression, etc. Meditating on the word of God and speaking it aloud is the key to overcoming these attacks.  Romans 12:2 says to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” which only happens through reading and speaking aloud the word of God. 

I have 2 Timothy 1:7 (“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”) taped to my dashboard, and whenever I have to get on the interstate I meditate on that scripture and speak it aloud.  It helps a ton.

Being strong and courageous is a choice–something we have to choose and go after; we have the power to “banish fear and doubt” by meditating on the word, confessing it with our mouths, and remembering that the Lord is with us and for us.

joshua 1;8-9

 This post is a link up with She Reads Truth.

  • Jeri@got2havefaith

    I can totally related to the anxiety! I say it’s all in my head because I notice that the anxiety attacks when I am weak mentally. The enemy speaks to me then and creates the anxiety. When I stay strong in the Word, and positive in attitude the anxiety is easier to keep under control. But it can be exhausting too.

    • Caroline Grace

      I’m so glad it resonated with you, Jeri. Anxiety can be totally exhausting and yes, the enemy loves to attack when we’re weak. Worship and speaking the word are such powerful tools, though!