A panic room is a secure room within a residence that provides shelter in the case of an invasion or attack. We all have internal panic rooms. When you are under attack, what room do you run to? Some of us seek shelter in sex, drugs and alcohol while others seek refuge in gossip, overeating, frivolous spending and complaining. No matter what you may be facing, God wants you to seek and find shelter in Him during times of trouble. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
The enemy’s attack is relentless, and oftentimes we respond to his attack by taking refuge in rooms of familiarity, regret and carnality.
Rooms of Familiarity: When the Israelites escaped slavery and began their journey to the Promise Land, many of them started to complain at the first hint of adversity. They would rather go back to bondage than receive the blessings God had for them because slavery, depression, negativity and fear was familiar. Starting anew is difficult, but remember God is a God of increase, not decrease. Meaning the opportunity ahead of you is better than what is behind you. So when you are feeling angry, afraid, depressed and discouraged do not run back to what you left behind, instead trust and believe God when He says; No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for you.
Rooms of Regret: Another room we retreat to when under attack are rooms of regret. What would have happened if I had taken that job? How would my life be different if I had stayed in that relationship? What would my life be like if I had moved to pursue that opportunity? Regret is a tool that the enemy uses against us to fix our focus on what could have been, instead of what is and is to come. If you find yourself living in regret remember that you are loved, forgiven, blessed and favored by God, the author and perfecter of your faith. The plans He has for you are greater than any of your past mistakes. Forget what is behind and reach toward what lies ahead.
Rooms of Carnality: The most common rooms we build are rooms of carnality or rooms of the flesh. When under distress, it feels good satisfying the flesh. The sex, alcohol and high feels good. The donut tastes good. Disparaging others who may be struggling makes you feel like you are doing better than them. But when the high subsides you are still left with your problems and yourself. The only way to escape this room is through Christ, for if you have Him you will never thirst again. He will be all you want and need. The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
Tear down those rooms of familiarity, regret and carnality and instead seek refuge in the only room that matters – the room of salvation. In that room we find our victory and peace.