She couldn’t see him. He was there one moment and gone the next.
My daughter had signed her first born up to join swim team. The same team she swam for as a child. It was his first time to join a summer sports team and he was an excited four year old. She drilled him about listening to and obeying his coach but this particular swim practice he saw something that looked like fun and followed suit…he saw some older boys jump into the pool and thought he would do the same; they could swim, he couldn’t.
My daughter was sitting with the other moms, one eye on her one year old daughter and the other on her son. Various age groups with their coaches were in the water and several life guards were on duty.
Suddenly! She thrust her one year old on the lady next to her (insert shocked lady) and took off running down the side of the pool. Fully clothed she jumped into the water, her little boy was sitting at the bottom of the pool. He was new to swimming and for the most part held onto to his coach or the kick board when practicing. He didn’t possess the knowledge of how to push himself up to the surface. He needed to be rescued.
Physically he was fine. Mentally, he experienced nightmares, waking up crying in the middle of the night. Once I knew about the nightmares I did what any other born again, bible believing, praying grandmother would do. I took authority in the name of Jesus over the fear. As far as I was concerned it was not going to have a foothold in my young grandson.
The thief comes only in order to steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10 Amp
Fear is not of God and not how He wants us to live. I’m not talking about healthy parameters, such as, don’t play with fire or jump out of an airplane without a parachute. Our enemy has come to kill, steal and destroy and fear is just one of his tactics.
As born again believers in Christ we have the same spirit that lives in Jesus; that of peace, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Jesus came that we may live free in His truth, free from the lies of the enemy. It’s time for us to believe what the word of God says and not just read it like a story book.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 NIV
We don’t have to remain in a state of drowning at the bottom of the pool of fear. Our rescuer has come! The price has been paid for our freedom, through the sacrificial blood of Jesus.
We don’t have to live as a shackled Christian: We can live free.
Until next week
My apologies dear reader, I missed last week. I had a post written but it just didn’t sit right with me and, I am not about publishing posts for the sake of getting something out there. I want the posts to be source of encouragement to you in your walk with the Lord.
Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance.
How has knowing God’s truth set you free? Would love to hear your story, please feel free to share in the comments.
P.S. My grandson is back on swim team this year and now swimming without a kick board.
Love your analogy: drowning at the bottom of our pool of fears, Helena!
Thank you Cindy. Drowning, that is how it can feel.
A frightening experience for mother, son and grandmother. I hold with the same truths you mentioned satan’s mission and our responsibility to tell fear or whatever weapon he’s using against to go. I’m so glad you did and that he is swimming this year. If only all mothers and grandmothers understood and acted on that knowledge.
So true Dorothy, there is definitely a need for teaching on the matter.
If only every Christian would learn to take authority in Jesus’ name!! As a mother and grandmother living far away at this time it has been this teaching that has sustained me when there has been crisis back home. I love the inspiration that you get from Holy Spirit for these blogs Helena! It is a joy to read them❤️
Thank you Glenda.
Without teaching, Christian’s are not going to learn to take authority in Jesus name. We need to pray for more teachers.
Helena, I think this is the best post you’ve every written! That opening line was such a great hook. And the truths you shared so practical and brought home in such a powerful way. I applaud you for a job well done.
Oh my, thank you. I appreciate your encouragement.