Flooding Fears


Lori Dixon explains how she conquered her fears and overcame her abusive past through completely trusting Christ.

When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him—(Isaiah 59:19b, NKJV).

Do you ever get anxiety attacks? One minute you are just calmly going through your day and then a trigger hits you. BAM! You are thrown off your game and into a dizzying moment of fear!

How do you cope?

I struggled with this my whole life (due largely to sexual and physical abuse) but especially this past year until I received excellent counsel and broke free! For me, fear manifested itself in a rush of adrenaline that would cause my lungs to flood with fluid in an asthmatic-like reaction. My word, it’s a scary deal not to be able to breathe! I have gone through so many puffers over the last 30 years, and been to so many emergency rooms they could name one of them after me—all because of how my body reacted to fear.

Finally, a wonderful, godly woman came alongside me and revealed to me what doctors couldn’t. While my body absolutely reacted in a very real physical way, the root of the problem was a spiritual condition. I lacked complete, unconditional trust in God. Did I have financial, spiritual, emotional trust in God–yes! But when it came to any physical danger (real or perceived) I would tense up and allow Satan to flood my mind–and therefore my body–with fear.

Once this truth was called out of the darkness of denial and into the light by the counselor, its grip was loosened. Not that I have completely lost the natural reaction of fight or flight, but I no longer am held captive by it. The change has been absolutely incredible.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ—(2 Corinthians 10:4-5, NKJV).

Now when I feel fear coming at me in a flood, I recognize that I am the Lord’s and that this lie from the enemy is in disobedience to the truth of Christ. I address it and give it to the Lord, allowing Him to intervene on my behalf, and trusting him as my true Savior. Peace floods my heart and body, displacing false fears.

Lord, thank you for showing us that you do put up a barrier to the enemy’s attempts to drown us in despair and help us to remember to cry out to you, knowing that we can trust you in all things, Amen!

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