I have the Greater One living in me | Day 9


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This is Day 9 of 48 of the #TruthAboutWhoYouAre series. Thank you so much for joining in on this journey with me. I hope you are inspired over this 7 week series.

It's Kristen Stansell here and I will be sharing my thoughts on today's scripture! If you struggle with anytime of fear then this is for you - this scripture has helped me face some things in life that are bigger than me because it is a reminder that who lives inside of me is greater than the one that lives in the world. Photo credit: Rochelle VanSickle

I have the Greater One living in me; greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

The very first weekend after getting married 2 years ago, my husband went out of town. I was sleeping alone in a new place for the first time. I should have been fine because for most my twenties I lived on my own. But I wasn't okay. At every noise, I froze. I dozed off on the couch late one night to wake up to what sounded like a person rummaging through the bushes. Afraid, I grabbed a knife from the kitchen (true story) and hid in my closet and didn't move while I waited over 30 minutes for my parents to come over and make sure all was clear. The "rummaging in the bushes" turned out to be the sprinkler system. It's all kind of humiliating now that I think about it - but at the time my fear was so great and I let it dictate my actions. 

In the moment that fear is roaring in our face it feels real as if it's going to devour us. Right? Did you know that "Do not fear" is mentioned 365 times in the Bible? Then why is it that we still become afraid? We become afraid when we magnify the challenge that is starring us in the face. When we focus more on the problem than on the One who overcomes all problems we become afraid. When we given in to fear we become paralyzed and unable to move forward. Fear is debilitating and keeps us living a small life confined to our safe zone. The good news is that we don't have to allow fear to dictate the course of our life. The key to taking a stand against fear is knowing the truth about who you are straight from the Bible. 

I have the Greater One living in me; greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

When we surrender our lives to Christ we invite the Greater One to live inside of us. That means that whatever we are facing we can take on full force. Not with our own strength but with the strength of the One who lives inside of us. I love the scripture below as a depiction of who God is - as you read it, know that if you have given your life to Christ, then this is who is living inside of you. 

“Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all.In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 1 Chronicles 29:10-12

We have the Greater One living inside of us - because of this we are victorious. We are powerful. We are enough, because He is enough. 

Whether you are afraid to step out and make new friends, afraid of rejection, the dark, not having enough money, getting married, making the wrong decision, moving forward, taking a leap of faith - know that you have the Greater One inside of you. You can look fear in the face and know that the one who is on your side is Greater. 

Here are some additional verses that have helped me in fight fear:

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Psalms 46:5

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore. 

Psalm 121

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2

Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge—no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

Psalm 91:9-13

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16-27

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

 

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The scriptures used for this series came from Joyce Meyers download, “Who God Made You To Be”


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