Pressing on, after your two plans of defense against fear and anxiety have been drawn up, three important things would be accomplished: the source of your fear and anxiety would be uncovered; you would have a plan of action in hand to prevent the worst-case scenario from happening; and a second plan of action would be available to combat the effects of the worst-case scenario should it happen.
Armed with this information, the time and mental energy previously devoted to your fear and anxiety would now be redirected to focus on the implementation of defense plan A and, if necessary, the backup plan.
When you do this, your fear and anxiety would lose their power to dominate your thoughts and intimidate you. A new conscious environment would have been created in which fear and anxiety would find no accommodation. With no recognition and attention given them, your fear and anxiety would lose their power over your mind, and disappear.
However, since the conscious mind is of the flesh, it carries the infirmities of the flesh, and as such, in cases where it had accommodated fear and anxiety for a significant length of time, it would have accepted fear and anxiety as a normal state of mind.
Any attempt to change that state of mind would trigger resistance from the conscious mind, as it seeks to return to the state of mind it considers normal. As a result, a believer who thought he had overcome fear and anxiety may suddenly discover that they are still with him.
The true believer should not be alarmed by this discovery. Satan does not flee from a captured soul without a fight. Even in the face of defeat, he will continue scheming to regain control of the soul he has lost.
If the believer remains steadfast and shows no sign of weakness in his faith to overcome fear and anxiety, he will hear himself command the demons of hell to depart from him, and so shall it be.
He will hear himself repeat, as often as Satan comes into his conscious mind, Psalm 27:1: "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?"
Faith is the solution to all human problems, but you should first receive faith before you can use its power. And you can receive faith only by grace; by loving God with all your heart, mind and soul.
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