Talking to Myself During the Apocalypse

Talking to Myself During the Apocalypse

When I was thirteen I read a book by a tele-evangelist about the end of the world. It scared the heck out of me. I became obsessed with the apocalypse. I pinpoint my life-long struggle with fear to that time of my life.

Sure, I’ve always been afraid of heights and other little things. But those aren’t the kinds of fears that keep me up at night worried.

It was during those years of fearing that the world was about to end that I learned this verse:

 

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust…”
You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
Psalm 95

The chapter goes on with some pretty potent promises about what God will deliver to those who walk with him. But the part of the verse that really changed my life was the fact that David actually said he tells himself that God is his refuge.

I’m not talking about name-it-claim-it doctrine here. But I think there’s something powerful that happens when we declare stuff like that out loud. Just say it. Over and over.

I remember lying in bed quoting that verse to myself when I woke up terrified on multiple occasions. I can tell you from personal experience that declaring out loud that God is your refuge and fortress, the one you trust in, has a powerful effect.

Fight fear with truth. “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword…” Hebrews 4:12

 

 

This entire month the theme for Summit Life is Overcoming Fears. Hope you’ll join us in this journey. Don’t let fear hold you back.