February 28, 2020

Finding Freedom Through God’s Word

I had a circumstance that occurred many years ago that affected me deeply. I witnessed a very bad freeway accident. I saw a semi-truck slide up and over a median and into oncoming traffic. The car it hit was thrown end over end and the driver was ejected. I was first on the scene and with the man as his life passed away. I had never experienced anything like that before. It traumatized me. For quite a while, every time I shut my eyes, I would see the scene all over again. I couldn’t stop seeing it. Soon, I was afraid to shut my eyes and my sleep was affected. I didn’t tell anyone what I was experiencing. I just tried to stop it, but I couldn’t. 

Then one day, I remembered the power of the Word of God. I went to the Bible and I found all the scriptures I could on fear and trauma. I began to speak those life-giving words over my life and over my mind. I went to Psalm 23, 27, 91, etc. I memorized those passages of scripture. Every day, diligently, all day long, I declared God’s Word over myself.  I meditated on it. I would close my eyes and picture a scroll and see myself reading those memorized scriptures from it. I had to read God’s Word to go to sleep at night. The only way I could fall asleep and keep from seeing the accident was to see the scriptures, instead. Sometimes I had to speak the Word out loud. I would go to sleep speaking the Word. If I woke up in the middle of the night, I had to do it all over again. It took about three weeks, but one day, I realized, the pictures of the accident and all the underlying emotions were gone. As suddenly as it had happened, just as suddenly it was gone. 

“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’” (John 8:31-32; NKJV)

Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:

  • Remember where fear first entered the world—at the Fall. Think about what Adam and Eve felt at the moment they sinned and fear entered their hearts and minds. Can you imagine how traumatic that must have been?
  • You may be dealing with a deep seated fear, toxic fear, or trauma that you cannot shake. You may have tried to get it to go away unsuccessfully. First, ask the Lord to flood you with His love, because His perfect love casts out all fear.
  • Say, “I can be free!”
  • Pray for the exact right scriptures to use as a healing sword for your heart and mind. Be ready to memorize them, and quote them out loud, over and over for weeks, maybe months, until the fear and trauma break. It will!
  • My book, “Becoming Who You Are” may be helpful to you. You can find it here on the DSM website.

A prayer you can pray:

Lord, You want so much for Your people to be free from this horrible thing called fear. It arrived in the Garden of Eden. Immediately, when Adam and Eve sinned, they felt fear for the first time. They experienced fear of rejection, fear of failing, fear of death, and an inappropriate fear of God. We are so susceptible to this. Would you invade us with Your Father heart? Would You bring hope to us? Let something begin to rise up in us that says, “I can be free!” Lord, we will ask You first to simply deliver us from any fear or trauma the enemy may be buffeting us with. If Your plan is a two-week or two-month process of coming to You daily and soaking in the Bible verses, the Word of God, that You lead us to, we are okay with that. Get us to the right verse in the right book. Give us an ability to memorize those scriptures. Let them soak into our hearts and minds deeply. Let those Words work through the power of the Holy Spirit to bring life where death is threatened. Give us a sound, disciplined mind, free from fear. Let the Word become so strong in us that we believe what You say, and we know we will be set free! Let us be free! Let us be free to be all You want us to be in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Today’s decree:

The power of the Word of God will set us free from every attack of Satan!

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