Saturday, February 21, 2009

Forget Fear

These are fearful days. I hear and see it everywhere I go. Concerns over the economy, politics and the future loom large in many hearts. I've also noticed that a certain amount of anger accompanies that fear.

Depending on your media sources, it should be fairly obvious just from headlines that end-time prophecies are being fulfilled right before our very eyes and ears. Whether or not this is "it" no one knows for sure. I feel pretty safe in saying we might at least be experiencing a test run.

I can't imagine being in this world without Jesus. Without Him there is much fear, no hope and plenty to be angry about.

Thankfully, as Christians we have nothing to be fearful of. To do so would be irrational.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

So that means that if we have faith in our God and we trust His word, we literally have nothing to fear! Nevertheless, at times we do find that we are fearful. Don't be discouraged. God knows His children well and He has provided us with fabulous tools. Let's see what we can do about having a sound mind.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things. Philippians 4:6-8

For myself, I cannot plug my ears or shut my eyes to current events. My head is the total polar opposite of sand. It won't go in! I cannot appease, disengage or be complacent. Yet, at the same time, I know that I am in this world but I am not of it. I know that if I am to do what I am called to do that I cannot have the world in my first-thoughts. The world cannot be allowed to occupy my mind.

Okay then, what about the power part?

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIS might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Ephesians 6:10-16

Did you know that we can set our minds and put on our armor before we ever get out of bed in the morning? For some reason we have a propensity to first rouse with negative thoughts. I don't want to go to work today, go to the dentist, do all that laundry, fight the crowd at grocery store, etc, etc. You fill in the blank. Hit the snooze! See how the battle begins before we've even opened our eyes in the morning?

Last but never least is the love. People are starving for love. This is our calling.

Jesus said to him, 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the Prophets." Matthew 22:37-40 (The caps are not mine. Think Jesus was trying to tell us something?)

So... things boil down like this:

1. Focus on the good stuff.
2. Dress for battle
3. Love, love, love

Whooops, forgot the fear! Well, how about that...





3 comments:

  1. Much like you, I've tried to shut out all of the news but just can't seem to do it. I cannot imagine what I would be feeling now without my faith.

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  2. Billy - I can't imagine it either! Thanks for coming over, I always enjoy your input.

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