Fear restricts you from living life. The enemy relies on his intimidation and manipulating tactics to utterly destroy you. He wants to convince you that you are weak and powerless. He wants to manipulate us into believing that there is no light at the end of the tunnel. When we allow fear to call the shots we are falling for Satan’s mind games.
He is hoping we are gullible enough to fall for his tricks so the coward in him will not be reveled. Just like bullies in school that use intimidation to hold power over their victims, he relies on this tactic to work and make you fall into his trap.
He wants to defeat us with lies, deception, and intimidation to stop us in our tracks. Fear will stop us from living life the way God intended us to live life...in peace. You can’t live life and live in fear too…it’s like oil and water, they just don’t mix.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
We were created to have a relationship with our God and for us to live peacefully lives. He never intended for us to live our lives fearful and convinced that we are trapped and have nowhere to go.
The enemy wants you to think you are a prisoner, but nothing could be farther from the truth. You aren’t a prisoner; you are just convinced that you are. He makes you think that you are in a cage and you can’t get free and you can’t get out, but in reality the cage doesn’t exist. He wants us to believe that we are caged. The definition for caged: to confine or keep in or as if in a cage.
We don’t have to buy Satan’s lies and fall for his mind tricks.
I heard about this animal (I’m wanting to think it was a lion) that had been caged for its entire life and was eventually released into the wild with wide open spaces to run, hunt, and live life as it was intended to. When they let that animal out of the cage and into the wild open spaces, though the animal was no longer caged, it still walked back and forth like it was in an invisible cage. Excitement and adventure awaited this lion, but he was unable to have those things because in his mind he was still caged.
Fear keeps the prison bars there (in your mind) but they are actually not even there at all.
Fear can keep us locked away in our past. Like that lion released out into the open wild, we too can enter into a new chapter in our lives full of excitement, adventure, and amazing possibilities, but because of some painful past experiences we stay living in our past instead of the present. He is free! He could run around and enjoy life; but instead he stays in the perimeter of that small cage that he once lived when he doesn’t have to.
We don’t have to live life as if we are in a cage.
Do not live in the past. Do not live in fear. Do not let the enemy make you think that you’re caged, because you’re not; he is the one that’s caged!
You can also read this devotion over at Lacedwith Grace