It should have been a relaxing date. My husband and I were at a nice restaurant three hours from home. Our daughters were staying with friends, so we had the weekend to ourselves. When the server brought our meal, Justin bit into his hamburger, but I could only manage a few bites of my salad. I didn’t have an appetite.
We were in St. Louis because I’d been invited to be the guest speaker at a Friday night prayer service. I was thankful for the opportunity and excited about sharing with the people. A little too excited. The more I thought it, the more I was filled with fear. I felt much like Moses did. When God told him to go to Pharoah to bring the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses made all kinds of excuses as to why he wasn’t the one for the job. He said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it (Ex. 4:13).”
At one point during our dinner, my body was literally shaking. As Justin and I got into the car to drive to the church, I said, “I’m not doing very well. I’m so scared.” He paused for a moment and said matter-of-factly, “You’re a child of the King. You need to start acting like it.”
Immediately, I felt strength rise up within me. I held my head a little higher and stood a little straighter. My husband’s words jolted me back into reality.
That’s right! I thought. I’m a child of the King! God is with me, and He will provide! I remembered one of my favorite verses, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in you” (Is. 26:3).
When I took the platform, I sensed the Lord’s presence. Not only did God help me, but I also truly enjoyed every minute of the presentation! After I finished and sat down, I imagined the Lord gently patting my back, whispering the words, “Well done, my child. Well done.”
Are you struggling with anxiety over a situation in your life? Maybe it’s not a speaking engagement, but a broken relationship, a wayward child, or severe financial problems. The Enemy would love nothing more than to keep you in bondage. But, God wants to set you free from fear so you can live by faith!
Choose now to believe the truth about your circumstances. Remember who you are and whose you are! Find a Bible verse that addresses the topic of peace. Memorize the verse and quote it aloud when you start to panic. As you set your mind on God’s Word and put your trust in Him, you’ll be filled with a wonderful, supernatural peace that passes all understanding.