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    • Rich Handley


    This afternoon I sat on my patio enjoying the perfect autumn weather with no noise other than words of gratitude in my mind.

    I thought this could very well be the best day of my life.

    But in the early days of my Christian walk, I was paralyzed with fear. Spiritual attack came mercilessly. The enemy didn’t want to lose his grip. I’d been given a bible but didn’t know how to read it.

    Then someone told me to listen to Christian radio and I heard a Lebanese pastor named Michael Yosef give a sermon on the remedy for fear. I called in, ordered his booklet, and then eagerly highlighted every fear combating scripture that stood out to me.

    That booklet became my lifeline and defense. I didn’t let it out of my sight and when the fear came on strong I’d read it continually cover to cover.

    As time went on I received more scriptures. There were various psalms for safe sleep, verses for staying in the present moment and descriptions of spiritual weapons and armor. I read them daily and then memorized them. I can still rattle off most of them without thinking.

    In time my way of thinking changed. I no longer fretted about past mistakes or future jeopardy. The fear of spiritual attack that had plagued me completely vanished.

    I’ve not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1: 7

    Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3: 17

    Love and blessings,

    Rich H.

    photo: (sharper than any two-edged sword)

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