Everyone faces pain, fear, and worry; but it seems that Satan especially aims these fiery darts at Christians who are committed to moving forward for God.

This three-in-one volume of John Haggai’s books Winning over Pain, Winning over Fear, and Winning over Worry, was a particular help to me last year.

Full of Scripture and with many personal illustrations, this book shares vital principles for living and serving with the calming, guarding, and sustaining peace of God.

Winning over Pain reminds us of God’s promise to bring good from our pain.

Winning over Fear centers on God’s three-fold antidote for fear found in 2 Timothy 1:7—power, love, and a sound mind.

Winning over Worry, which was the most helpful of the three to me, focuses on the commands in Philippians 4:6–8 to rejoice in the Lord and stay our hearts on Him.

The promise of Isaiah 26:3 (“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”) is not simply flowery, comforting language. It is a real promise which practiced can claim a the reality of a peace-filled soul.

I keep Winning over Pain, Fear, and Worry on hand for use in counseling as well. While I don’t agree with every word in the books, the message is scriptural and decidedly helpful. In a day when pop physiology suggests humanistic answers and self solutions, Christians must know God’s answers to the pervading emotional crises of our day. Furthermore, we must not only know the answers, but we must live the answers as an ongoing testimony to the victorious life of Christ in us.

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