10 Ways to Kick the Devil’s Butt in Your Everyday Life – #8

Hey, guys! Happy Monday!

This week I am attending a Ministers and Leaders’ Conference so I won’t be as active online — there are 2 long meetings a day for eight days in a row. Whew! Because of how long the services go and how little sleep we obtain I get to have unlimited caffeine, which is nice. ?

This week’s Monday with Madi post is the eighth way to kick the devil’s butt in your everyday life — dealing with fear!

What is fear?

New Oxford American Dictionary

Fear

“an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat”

Synonyms of fear include terror, fright, panic, dread, anxiety, worry, and unease.

Many people do not understand that fear is actually a spirit. 2 Timothy 1:7 says,

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Where does fear come from?

Fear is a spirit… but not from God! God never causes you to be afraid! Look at all of those synonyms — terror, fright, panic, dread, anxiety, worry, unease… God does not give that to His children. He’s a good God. 1 Corinthians 14:33a says “God is not the Author of confusion but of peace.”

God does not give you fear as an opportunity to draw closer to Him. Sometimes we read in the Bible where it says to “fear the Lord” — but that means to honor, respect, and reverence Him.

Fear comes from the devil to try to keep you living in that fear and afraid to do what God has called you to do or live the victorious life that God has for you.

What God has to say about fear:

Isaiah 43:2

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

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John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

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Isaiah 41:10

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

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1 Chronicles 28:20

“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you…

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Deuteronomy 31:8

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor abandon you.

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Joshua 1:9

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Why we don’t have to be afraid:

Jesus has already overcome the world. There is not one thing we could ever be afraid of in this life that Jesus hasn’t already whooped!

John 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

I never lie in my bed at night and stay awake being worried that someone is going to break into my house. I’ve made a decision that I do not live in fear. If God is for me, what can stand against me? Why would I waste a second of my life in anxiety and worry if I’ve got the King of kings and Lord of lords on my side? He’s already won and overcome!

I’m not afraid of death because I know where I’m going when I die — Heaven. If you’re not 100% completely sure beyond a shadow of a doubt, you need to make sure. No one can kill me until I’ve finished what I’ve been put to do on this earth. In the words of Jim Elliot, “I’m immortal until my time is done!”

When we go through difficult things, we don’t have to fear because God is with us. (Isaiah 43:2)

There is not one thing we could ever be afraid of in this life that Jesus hasn’t already whooped!

What to do when we’re afraid:

James 4:7 says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” If fear is a spirit from the devil, we need to speak God’s Word to our fears and command them to go.

Remind your fears of what God’s Word has to say and watch your fears run for the hills!

On Saturday, there was a big rainstorm approaching. My brother and I laughed as we watched the cats and squirrels on our neighborhood dash for cover before the storm hit. We both cheered, “Run for the hiiiiiills!” It reminds me of what our fears have to do when we remind them of what God’s Word has to say!

Some AMAZING Scriptures to remind your fears of…

Psalm 56:11

In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

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Proverbs 3:25-26

Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; for the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.

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Psalm 27: 1, 3

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

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And my personal favorite:
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Hebrews 13:6

So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

*drops the mic* Bam. Take that, fear!

RUN FOR THE HIIIIILLS!

Do you know how epic it is to watch your fears run for the hills?

By | 2017-05-21T14:31:54+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Butt-Kicking, Encouragement, Mondays with Madi|30 Comments

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30 Comments

  1. It’s kind-of funny that you posted this while I was reading a book and one of the characters was afraid. ?
    Anyway, I really enjoyed this post! This is really helpfull!
    Also I actually memorized one of those verses just last week!

    • Madi May 24, 2017 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      LOL! That is funny! ?

      I’m so glad you liked it! 😀

      That is so cool! These verses are EPIC. ?

  2. Olive May 22, 2017 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    great post Madi! 😀
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madi May 24, 2017 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Olive! 😀

  3. Grace | The Girl Upstairs May 22, 2017 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Ahh, I absolutely loved this, Madi! I’m a worrier, and I often worry about the future. But I do my best to remember that God – and Jesus – are by my side and all always looking out for me. Whom shall I fear?

    Loved this, dear! 😀

    • Madi May 24, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      Aw, I’m so glad! 😀 Aaaaamen! ? Thanks so much for commenting! ❤️

  4. Olivia Bell (aka Livy) May 23, 2017 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    This was great, Maddi! You have a way of writing articles that speak right to me! Thank you so much! 😀

    • Madi May 24, 2017 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      Aw, thank you SO much, Livy! So glad you liked it!! 😀

  5. Sara May 24, 2017 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Madi, I looove this series! It’s so, so encouraging. ❤❤❤

    • Madi May 24, 2017 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      I’m SO glad you like it!! That makes me so happy! 😀

  6. Kendall May 24, 2017 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Great post, Madi!! And an important reminder!! 🙂 2 Timothy 1:7!! <3

    • Madi May 27, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Kendall! I love 2 Tim. 1:7! 😀

  7. EnniMorgan May 24, 2017 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Your posts encourage me so much! They make me happy and my day. ❤

    • Madi May 27, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

      Oh my goodness, that’s been my prayer ever since I started blogging! That makes me so happy. Thank you for commenting. ❤

  8. Sara! :) May 25, 2017 at 2:08 am - Reply

    Hi!, Madison! 🙂

    You did such and AWESOME! job! on this! Post!!! Madi! 🙂 keep up the suck awesome work!? I’ve beven SO busy lately!??? I had a great day what about you? The worst part of my day is getting sunburn AGAIN??? the best part was filling up water balloons and ambushing some neighbors lol?? that was fun when one got a hose out ? but besides that I’ve been crazy busy! What about you?
    How have you been!? I hope we can call/text soon! Ttyl!

    P.s have a wonderful day madi!☺☺☺

    Much, Much, Much, Much, much! MUCH love!

    -Sara!❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????❣❣❣❣❣❣❣❣?????❣❣❣❣❣???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????❣❣❣❣❣❣❣????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    • Madi May 27, 2017 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Sara! That means so much! 😀

      Aw man, sorry about your sunburn XD HAHAHA! That’s AMAZING! I would’ve so loved to join you in that water ballon ambush. XD

      I’ve been good! So sorry I’ve been crazy busy though. Thanks for commenting! Love you! TTYL!

      • sara?☺???????????? May 28, 2017 at 1:21 am - Reply

        Yeah no problem i didn’t mean to say suck in the middle of that, that was kind of rood???i hate sunburns? oh yeah and I won??? definitely when I come back to Florida we will water ambush ALL BOYS! MUahahahaha that’s totally fine ;D not problem! ?

        P.s does your brother ever look at the comments? Becouse he would know me and u would ambush the boys?

        Love you too!

        TTYL!

        -SARA

        • Madi June 5, 2017 at 7:18 pm - Reply

          LOL! MWAHAHA WATER AMBUSH. 😉

          P.S. Never XD We’re safe 😉

          • Sara June 6, 2017 at 12:10 am - Reply

            Yes!!
            Alright good! Remember that when I go to florida???MWahahah

            • Madi June 6, 2017 at 10:03 pm - Reply

              Tehehe I will 😉 MWAHAHAHA.

  9. Rebekah May 25, 2017 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the encouraging words! Both Isaiah verses you included are two of my most favorite verses.

    • Madi May 27, 2017 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      Aw, thank you so much for commenting! Ooh, really? That’s awesome!

  10. M&M May 25, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for writing this post Maddie! I deal with fear a lot, and could really use your prayer too.

    This post helped me out. ???

    M&M-

    • Madi May 27, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Aw, thank you so much for commenting! I pray for you every day and will definitely continue to do so!

      That makes me so happy! Jesus is amazing!! ?

  11. Jewel May 28, 2017 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Great job MADI! YOU, in doing this, are TOTALLY WHIPPING the Devil In The BUTT. GREAT JOB! Keep up the Totally Amazing Wonderfulness!

    -Jewel http://www.dollnotebook.com/blogs/

    • Madi June 6, 2017 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      Oh my goodness Jewel, thank you SO much! Your comment encouraged me SO much! Thank you so much!! Jesus is amazing!! 😀

  12. EnniMorgan May 29, 2017 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Oh!! Glad to have answered it! 🙂 🙂 You are soo welcome!

  13. Daisy May 29, 2017 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    I’ve had Psalm 56:3 memorized since I was three years old. 🙂 Powerful stuff right there- devil butt-kicking for sure.

    • Madi June 6, 2017 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      It’s an awesome verse! 😀

      Amen ?

  14. Luz October 17, 2018 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    What can man do unto me? Plenty, while in the flesh that is. However, ultimately, they are less than a drop in the bucket. When weighed in the balance, they are altogether nothing. I am seated in Christ right now in the Heavenlies (the forever one, not the one where the enemy comes in and steals), but the new one that’s inside of Jesus, VICTORIOUS CHRIST, my new home where there are many mansions and no evil has ever entered in nor ever will.

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