In his letter to Timothy, Paul’s instruction reminds us to use discernment in our feelings and emotions, no matter how difficult the circumstances.
Through my experiences, I have learned how to question the emotions that I am feeling. I often ask myself: is this emotion my own? Or, am I being baited by the enemy? This process is not easy, but with practice(and prayer), we can better recognize the snares that the enemy places before us through fear and other negative emotions.
The enemy is very subtle in his tactics. The attack often presents itself not as an attack, but as the smallest negative thought or feeling. If you don’t brush it off or even question it, you will likely keep feeding that negative emotion. The enemy wants us to spiral out of control and into his chaos.
If he can get you to be afraid and upset, he can get you to take your eyes off of God. He can and will use that fear against you to diminish your faith. Faith and fear cannot coexist inside of you. It has to be one or the other.
How can we defend ourselves? Mercifully, God has not placed us in this war empty-handed. Paul also reminds us that God has blessed us with the spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. Gifts that will strengthen us and help us to recognize the enemy’s snares.
When we face difficulties- I pray that we choose faith and let the peace of God rule our hearts. (Colossians 3:15)
I hope you have a peaceful day!
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