as the summer ends and my children are back in school (still not completely safe from the pandemic), with my youngest starting kindergarten and my middle one starting a new school, my heart and thoughts have gone through a rollercoaster of emotions this past week.
over the years, many loving souls have shared with me that they are inspired by my ferocious spirit that has made me a fearless overcomer in life. but i want to be honest, it’s not always easy and i’m not going to pretend it is just because i am who i am. afterall, light shines brighter in the darkness. so with every increased luminance of the light that shines from within me, i find myself in a battlefield against the dark forces of the world that come against me. so welcome to this edition of the dark side of rosie’s life, ha! (but seriously, i’m not afraid to be vulnerable so i hope you get to love this side of me too).
so… what sort of battles am i talking about?
yes, this broken world.
this imperfect yet extraordinarily beautiful world that is also consumed by a global pandemic. and i’m not just talking about covid… there is actually a more deadly virus that continues to paralyse and kill one’s spirit and soul — the pandemic of FEAR — which has ruled the world since the life of humans began. even if you don’t believe in creation, you can agree that adam and eve’s story is a clear example of how FOMO (aka fear of missing out) has doomed us since the beginning of humanity!
FEAR is the reason why we are veilled from seeing the truth.
FEAR stops us from stepping out of our comfort zone to do what is right, just and kind.
FEAR let’s politics dictate our decisions.
FEAR tells us to be quiet, lying to us that we have no voice and that our voice does not matter.
FEAR says we’re not enough and unworthy.
FEAR stops us from believing in our dreams.
FEAR stops us from following our hearts.
FEAR controls us in ways that prevent us from becoming the very definition of LOVE that generates GRACE, MERCY and GENEROSITY.
so what are we to do when faced with fear?
what if WE, as human beings, start a war against fear with love?
and how do we become ONE with this greatest force of love?
did you know that we can have access to the supernatural power that can stop this pandemic of fear?
imagine if our actions are the shots of love that give everyone the antibodies to crush the enemy’s game of fear and lies!
here are some tangible steps i take to overcome my own battles against the enemy of fear….
1. when i’m faced with a situation that tries to overwhelm me with fear, doubt and worry, i go straight to my heart and ask what i need to release or let go. i do this by simply asking my heart,
“dear God, is there any fear in my life?”
usually, this leads to me letting go of the fears/burdens that are weighing on my heart or forgiving someone whose actions (or inactions) were the root of the fear or pain. this is a practice that i have had to train myself over the years and helps me recognise the wounds in my heart that need healing and restoration. truth is, i cannot operate in love if my heart has blockages from any unattended wounds. love overflows in a heart that has no baggage.
2. the next step is to remind myself that i am not fighting my battles alone. in my prayers, i call in an army of angels to fight for me. in fact, the bible mentions that the chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands… once i get to see this vision of how God and His vast army in Heaven are fighting for me, i remember how i can be strong and courageous.
Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’
3. most importantly, i commit myself to being one with Christ—one with LOVE—meaning i am ready to express LOVE and GRACE to others in a radical way that touches their hearts; making it an experience of love that is transformative and contagious. true human transformation happens from within the heart. and inviting Christ into your heart is not a religious act, but an acceptance of an invitation to receive the greatest love that has the power to make miracles happen. it isn’t making one fly that counts as a miracle, but changing hearts to love one another like Christ did is the miracle that will begin to change our lives eternally. to me, Christ is love because there is no greater demonstration of one’s love for us than when He died and overcame death for us. so i make this commitment every day by saying,
“dear Jesus, I am an open vessel for you, fill me up with your holy spirit from my toes to my hair tips so your love overflows…”
some of my latest battles have been related to motherhood, not the daily challenges that come as being a parent, but all the unfair and unjust things that happen to my children or any child because the world isn’t kind to kids who were born to be stronger and braver. it is just a shame we, as adults, buy into the fears of the world and fail to protect these young souls. being a mother means that i am constantly praying, letting go and learning to make room in my own heart for more of His love that would make me a better mama bird so my babies can fly high. without a doubt, i am looking forward to the day their stories are redeemed through their courage, perseverance and faith.
it is through the battles i face, that i remind myself daily to fully trust my heart and grow in the art of letting go. it isn’t easy, but i am hopeful because i believe God’s greatest power of love is for me and nothing can come against me. only by letting go and inviting more of Him into my life, can i start to become more like LOVE that triumphs over all things, especially the enemy of fear.
Romans 8:31-39 (TPT)
So, what does all this mean? If God has determined to stand with us, tell me, who then could ever stand against us? For God has proved his love by giving us his greatest treasure, the gift of his Son. And since God freely offered him up as the sacrifice for us all, he certainly won’t withhold from us anything else he has to give.
Who then would dare to accuse those whom God has chosen in love to be his? God himself is the judge who has issued his final verdict over them—“Not guilty!”
Who then is left to condemn us? Certainly not Jesus, the Anointed One! For he gave his life for us, and even more than that, he has conquered death and is now risen, exalted, and enthroned by God at his right hand. So how could he possibly condemn us since he is continually praying for our triumph?
Who could ever divorce us from the endless love of God’s Anointed One? Absolutely no one! For nothing in the universe has the power to diminish his love toward us. Troubles, pressures, and problems are unable to come between us and heaven’s love. What about persecutions, deprivations, dangers, and death threats? No, for they are all impotent to hinder omnipotent love, even though it is written:
All day long we face death threats for your sake, God. We are considered to be nothing more than sheep to be slaughtered!
Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything!
So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that his love will triumph over death, life’s troubles, fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love.
There is no power above us or beneath us—no power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One!