DOZ Issue 31 May 2018 - Page 21

‘‘ me u, o s o re e a han y but r e , t d th igger ically ing to n a s b , ass y is it phy e’re go s. l c m t e in ens ur ene gains rol if w unta f e o a t o -d self here y fight d con ove m a n o ook ces w t up t wer a h to m t t s t n e I ju msta an’t g ave po ur fai u o c circ you y we h r and and ituall praye didn’t survive, then I chose to spir use think that he would be in the 25% that did. So, what are some of the strategies for fighting against fear? can’t co-exist. You’ve got to choose one or the other, so I chose not to live in fear and in doubt and I said, okay we’re going to make it through this and the Holy Spirit had already told me that I was going to come out successful on the other side, but the practical side of me, the human side of me said, but this is a very bad situation, there’s no way, babies die! And then physicians are coming in and telling me all the negative news, how this child if he survives, all of the negative effects it will have on his development, on his growing up. It was just terrible news every way around. So, they kept heaping negative information that only fed into the fear. So, it was a battle to go against that negativity and to try and find that silver lining through it all because what they said to me and what the statistics brought out, my son should probably not have survived, but I chose not to listen to the statistics, I chose to listen to the smaller portion. If it was a 75% that Okay, so one of the things that I had to come face to face with and that was the first strategy, I tell people, you’ve just got to identify what it is that you’re really afraid of and you have to call it out, because you can’t fight something when you don’t really know what it is, it’s not clearly defined for you, and fear comes in all kinds of ways so for that one I just had to say what am I really afraid of and generally fear is steeped in some kind of loss, we think we’re going to lose something and we’re afraid of the consequences of it, is it going to be painful, and in what way, am I going to be destitute afterwards or am I going to lose this relationship, am I going to lose my life or this child’s life? So, you have to call out what it is, that’s the first one, I just say, expose your enemy, and you’ve just got to stand up to it. I say, never run, and right now I want to clarify this because there are some circumstances where you do need to retreat, okay? I am talking about physical stuff. I just took a self-defense class, and there are some circumstances where your enemy is bigger than you, and you can’t get up to fight against it physically, but spiritually we have power and control if we’re going to use prayer and our faith to move mountains. So that was one of them, and the other one is recruiting you some prayer w arriors. I had some wonderful people DOZ Magazine May 2018 21 «