Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! Real spiritual warfare is not necessarily screaming Holy Ghost fire to kill your enemies. Real spiritual warfare is fought in the mind. The easiest way the devil attacks people is through the dream of the night. While you’re sleeping, all manner of terrifying pictures will be painted in your mind to get your attention. That’s why I see the dream of the night as a mirage. It’s a satanic bait to get your attention.
Probably while you were sleeping last night, you saw yourself in a fatal accident. What just happened is the devil’s strategy to inject fear into your mind. The moment you buy into that dream, you have programmed yourself to die. Why? Because we will always attract every picture we meditate upon all the time. What you should have done when you woke up was to counter that dream with Scriptures, and believe you’re free. Anytime the picture pops-up in your mind, silence it with a Scripture.
One of the reasons why people say that their dream usually happen is because they believe in their dream more that what God said in His Word. They hold on to the dream until it saturates their mind and invite fear to take over from there. That’s why Paul said; “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5. Real warfare is in the mind. It is called mental warfare!
Most fear today is psychological. Worry, tension, panic, all stem from mismanaged, negative imagination. But simply knowing the breeding ground of fear doesn’t cure fear. If a physician discovers you have an infection in some part of your body, he doesn’t stop there. He proceeds with treatment to cure the infection.
Fear is success enemy number one. Fear stops people from capitalizing on opportunity; fear wears down physical vitality, fear actually makes people sick, causes organic difficulties, shortens life; fear closes your mouth when you want to speak. Fear explains why a lot of people accomplish little and enjoy little.
Truly, fear is a powerful force. In one way or another fear prevents people from getting what they want from life. Fear of all kinds and sizes is a form of psychological infection, we can cure a mental infection the same way we cure a body infection, with specific, proved treatment.
First, though, as part of your pretreatment preparation, condition yourself with this fact: all confidence is acquired and developed. No one is born with confidence. Those people you know who radiate confidence, who have conquered worry, who are at ease everywhere and all the time, acquired their confidence, every bit of it. You can too.
David J. Schwartz shared the following story. “During World War 2, the Navy made sure that all of its new recruits either knew how to swim or learned how- the idea being, of course, that the ability to swim might someday save the sailor’s life at sea.
Non-swimming recruits were put into swimming classes. I watched a number of these training experiences, in a superficial sort of way, it was amusing to see young, healthy men terrified by a few feet of water. One of the exercises I recall required the new sailor to jump, not dive, from a board six feet in the air into eight or more feet of water while a half-dozen expert swimmers stood by.
In a deeper sense, it was a sad sight. The fear those young men displayed was real. Yet all that stood between them and the defeat of that fear was one drop into the water below. On more than one occasion I saw young men “accidentally” pushed off the board. The result: fear defeated.
This incident, familiar to thousands of former Navy men, illustrates just one point: action cures fear. Indecision, postponement, on the other hand, fertilize fear.” He went on to share another story to shows how people allow fear to paralyze them, and steal their joy.
“Several month ago a very troubled executive in his early forties came to see me. He had a responsible job as a buyer for a large retailing organization. Worriedly, he explained, “I’m afraid of losing my job. I’ve got that feeling that my days are numbered.”
“Why?” I asked. “Well, the pattern is against me. Sales figures in my department are off seven percent from a year ago. This is pretty bad, especially since the store’s total sales are up six percent. I’ve made a couple of unwise decisions recently, and I’ve been singled out several times by the merchandise manager for not keeping pace with the company’s progress.
I’ve never felt quite like this before. I’ve lost my grip, and it shows. My assistant buyer senses it. The salespeople see it, too. Other executives, of course, are aware that I’m slipping….The executive talked on, elaborating further on his predicament.
Finally I cut in and asked, “What are you doing about it! What are you trying to do to correct the situation?” “Well,” he answered, “there isn’t much I can do, I guess, but hope for the best.” To this comment I asked, “Honestly, now, is hope enough?” Pausing, but not giving him a chance to answer, I put another question to him: “Why not take action to support your hope?”
“Go on,” he said. “Well, there are two kinds of action that seems to fit your case. First, start this afternoon to move those sales figures upward. We’ve got to face it. There’s a reason your sales are slipping. Find it. Maybe you need a special sale to clear out your slow-moving merchandise, so you’ll be in a position to buy some fresh stock.
Perhaps you can rearrange your display counters. Maybe your salespeople need more enthusiasm. I can’t pin-point what will turn your sales volume upward, but something will. And it would probably be wise to talk privately with your merchandise manager. He may be on the verge of putting you out, but when you talk it over with him and ask his advice, he’ll certainly give you more time to work things out.”
I went on, “Then get your assistant buyers on the ball. Quit acting like a drowning man. Let people around you know that you’re still alive.” Courage was again in his eyes. Then he asked, “You said there are two kinds of action I should take. What’s the second?”
“The second type of action, which you might say is an insurance policy, is to let two or three of your closest business friends in the trade know you might consider an offer from another store, assuming, of course, it is substantially better than your present job.
I don’t believe your job will be insecure after you take some affirmative action to get those sales figures on the rise. But just in case, it’s good to have an offer or two. Remember, it’s ten times easier for a man with a job to get another job than it is for someone unemployed to connect.”
Two days ago this once-troubled executive called me. “After our talk I buckled down. I made a number of changes, but the most basic one was with my salespeople. I used to hold sales meetings once a week, but now I’m holding one every morning. I’ve got those people really enthusiastic. I guess once they saw some life in me they were ready to push harder too. They were just waiting for me to start things moving again.
Things sure are working out okay. Last week my sales were well ahead of a year ago and much better than the store’s average. Oh, by the way, I want to tell you some other good news. I got two job offers since we talked. Naturally I’m glad, but I’ve turned them both down since everything is looking good here again.”
Dear friend, when you are facing tough problems, don’t stay mired in the mud. Until you take action, nothing will change. Whenever you experience big or little fear, steady yourself. Then search for an answer to this question: what kind of action can I take to conquer my fear? Isolate your fear. Then take appropriate action.
Stop running away from fear. I discovered many years ago that the fear you run from will torment you the rest of your life. Face your fears and you will discover that they are not as strong as you think they are. Fear is a mirage. Fear is not real. Every fear can be conquered if you can do one thing; face it, and take action. Locate some fiery Scriptures and suffocate that fear. If you can just step out and confront your fears, you will discover that what you’re afraid of is actually afraid of you. Welcome to the world of unlimited possibilities!
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