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Topic: Fearful (08/23/07)
TITLE: False Evidence Appearing Real (ii)
By Angela Posey-Arnold
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“For the Holy Spirit, God’s gift, does not want you to be afraid……………”.( II Timothy 1:7 TLB)
“I can’t do it. I just cannot drive anymore. Every tractor trailer truck I see looks like it is unstable and going to turn over.”
For months after the wreck driving for me seemed impossible. I was afraid and the devil loved it. If he could keep me from driving then he could keep me away from people. That way I would have a hard time telling others about what Jesus had done for me.
A huge truck carelessly flying onto the exit ramp at a speed of 65 miles per hour usually will not stay upright. Coming onto the ramp at 65 miles an hour the truck turned over and slid into me. I heard it and when I looked the whole thing was coming directly at me at a phenomenal rate of speed, on its side, with sparks flying. I only had time to hold on to the steering wheel and say, “Lord that is going to hit me.”
Jesus was faster and He got between me and that truck. It hit me and hit me hard. But I didn’t feel it. I didn’t even have time to be afraid. It would have been a waste of time anyway, because just like the Lord promised He sent His angels to protect me.
The car went airborne and landed 265 feet later. I don’t remember that. I just remember being in the hands of God. The feeling I had that day I will never be able to find again on this earth. But, Glory to God I know that someday I will experience that awesome sense of love again, for eternity.
The message God gave me that day is simple, “Do not be afraid”. Jesus and His angels are so close. We just can’t see them but they are there, faster than the fear. That is the message that the devil does not want me to tell.
I was injured and had internal bleeding from being hit so hard. But I didn’t even break a finger nail. I had one little cut on my elbow and no broken bones. All the glass in the car shattered all around me but did not cut me. The steel frame of the car was a mangled mess. There is no possible way that anyone could convince me that Jesus and His angels were not there to protect me. The devil just doesn’t give up though.
Since the wreck I have told my story millions of times. I have written it, shared it and it has been published. I believe it. I was there.
Some believe it, some do not. It doesn’t matter to me, I was left with a message to tell and it is my job to tell it, but this does not come without a price.
The devil has used Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to try and shut me up. Overcoming the fear is not easy. He uses fear to keep me from telling others that they do not have to be afraid. I suffer from depression over the loss of my career as an RN. I suffer pain from the injuries. For a very long time I isolated myself. God used this isolation. Out of the isolation I started writing. I probably reach more people now than I could have otherwise.
Fear will not stop me. It will hinder me and it will come, but it will not stop me. I have a message. Do not be afraid. Jesus is right by your side. All you have to do is believe and call upon His name. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. He is right there.
365 times in the Bible God has in some form told us to not be afraid. He knew we would need to hear it everyday. He does not give us the spirit of fear. Fear is only False Evidence Appearing Real and it does not come from God. When fearful thoughts enter your mind consciously replace them with God’s Word. There is no room for both in your mind and heart.
I drive now. It took a while to overcome the fear of driving and of big trucks. I still don’t like them. But, this one thing I know, Jesus is closer than any truck can ever get to me.
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