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I CAN AND I WILL: Monsters

Rick Stanfield
Walton Sun

“I killed my first monster when I was seven years old

He melted like butter in my bathroom's sixty-watt bulb

Kept a three-cell MagLite from Daddy's workshop drawer

Under my pillow and I'd pull it like a sword

Anymore when a restless feelin' keeps me up at night

Fallin' on my knees is my new turnin' on the light

I keep my faith intact, make sure my prayers are said

'Cause I've learned that the monsters ain't the ones beneath the bed “

Those are the lyrics to an Eric Church song that I sing every day while driving. I listen to the words over and over, and they are brilliantly arranged.

Psalm 34:4–5

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”

God actually commands us not to fear or worry. The phrase “fear not” is used many times in the Bible, most likely because He knows the enemy uses fear to decrease our hope and limit our victories.

Eric Church suggests we fall to our knees and pray to our God when in fear. I believe this is the best solution, but unfortunately it’s not being practiced enough. Instead of using the direct line of communication we have to Heaven, we’re being angered by the deception of the devil.

One of the most effective tools that the devil uses against us is fear. He creates terror and worry in situations where it shouldn’t exist. Fortunately, the beasts we have manufactured don’t endure that brief thought placed inside our imaginations.

Don’t fall for this trickery. I believe if we stop, kneel, and pray, we’ll find ourselves in a better world tomorrow.

What’s your prayer for today?

Rick Stanfield is a syndicated columnist, professor, motivational speaker and author. His latest book is “I Can and I Will.” For more information, visit his website at www.rickstanfield.com.