We've talked about sickness keeping you awake, but sometimes it isn't an illness itself, but the fear of getting it, that causes sleepless nights. This is especially true if you have begin to experience symptoms.
What do you fear tonight? Are you afraid you're getting an ulcer? A heart condition? Cancer? To help you overcome this fear, I'd like to share a friend's story: Starting a new business, he went to his first seminar on business management. As the speaker listed the requirements for being a successful entrepreneur, he panicked and told himself, "I can't handle this!" Immediately, he felt a rush of chemicals pour into his system... headed straight for his stomach, where he already had an ulcer. He was in trouble.
When he excused himself and went to the restroom, he cried to the Lord, "I'm so afraid of my new business that my body is going out of control. Help me! Give me a Word to stand on."
The Lord said:
"I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mortal men...that you live in constant terror every day because of the wrath of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction? For where is the wrath of the oppressor? The cowering prisoners will soon be set free; they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread. For I am the LORD your God" (Isaiah 51:12-15).
Who are you that you fear what Satan will do to you through your body, circumstances or other men? The Lord is here to set you free from your prison of apprehension. You will not die or lack bread!
God loves you and wants to answer your prayer. Say this prayer with me:
Heavenly Father, I praise You that I need have no fear of Satan, disease, or anything that can happen in my flesh. Forgive me for letting Satan convince me that my flesh is in control. You are on the throne of my life. I will not cower before disease. In You I will rise up, vanquish my fears, and take control! In Jesus' Name, Amen.