inspired by the song “Monster Inside Me” By Bride Dressed in Black
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
If we were to be honest with ourselves, we all have internal monsters that we wrestle with in our lives that keep us from our full potential in Christ. It could be something that seems little or it could be a huge issue. But at some point, we have to come to the realization that if we want to get rid of the monster inside we eventually have to deal with it.
When it comes to dealing with internal monsters, we all react in different ways. Some of us have no problem stepping up and dealing with it instantly. But if you’re like me, you find that most times, you are afraid to confront the problem. And for me, when I’m afraid, my gut tells me to run and hide; Like a child who imagines a terrible monster in the bedroom closet, and hides under their blanket or the one who leaves the bedroom lights on or surrounds themselves with stuffed animals and books; Or the one that spends as little time as possible in that room because they are afraid. But as I’ve grown up a bit, I’ve learned that when monsters are ignored, they grow larger, not smaller. It is the same with our fears.
When we don’t face our fears, they have a habit of growing larger, requiring increasing amounts of energy to manage. Eventually they require more energy to manage than to face! So, if we want to experience freedom from our deepest fears, we must not only face them but overcome them as well. But just like the frightened child who stares anxiously at the closet door, we too need help to break fear’s grip. God doesn’t expect us to do it alone. He is there to help us. We need only to take His hand and rest on His promise (Isaiah 35:3-4).
As a believer, it is imperative that we learn to overcome. To overcome means to get the better result in conflict, to surmount, and to be victorious. To overcome also means to surmount. Surmount is an action word that means to prevail, to ascend, to rise above and to surpass or exceed. It is a progressive term. Because of our faith in Jesus Christ, we can now come boldly into the Presence of God. Together with God’s help we have the power to overcome by faith in the blood of Jesus and the Word of our growing testimony as our roots grow deep down in God’s Love and keep us strong and immovably in His presence.
The courage to turn on the light, open the closet door, and face the monster inside comes when we know that the God who stands beside us is greater than the monster we fear. It comes from knowing that God loves us so much that He would never abandon us to face the monster alone, no more than we would leave our child alone to face the monster in the closet.
Overwhelming victory belongs to you through Jesus Christ. He died for you to win. He walked into hell and took the keys to death and the grave out of the hands of the enemy to set you free. Now you can be strong and immovable working enthusiastically for the Lord. (I Corinthians 15:56-58) Remember, we have the power to overcome, but must choose to do so. When facing that monster in your closet, hold close to your heart what God has promised … “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 Then you will be able to declare along with the writer of Hebrews … So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.” Hebrews 13:6
Tim Ewing is the founder of Kindred Concert Ministries. You can learn more about Kindred by going to www.facebook.com/kindredconcerts or by emailing him at email@example.com
Bride Dressed in Black is a rock group from the Baltimore Maryland area. “Monster Inside Me” can be found on their new CD titled “Battle the Beast,” which can be found on iTunes, Amazon, their website and always at live events. For more information about Bride Dressed in Black you can visit their website at www.bridedressedinblack.com
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