My husband and I were driving home this evening from a date where we watched the latest Marvel movie Black Panther (yes we are superhero junkies). This movie in the middle of so much violence had me thinking of all the violence and threats this nation is facing right now. Our hearts have been heavy by all the violence that has rocked our nation with threats in school. My husband commented how one of the safest schools in our state was also the one that had it’s police decide to close the school for 3 days because of the threats that had been made about a shooting. A great amount of pressure had been placed on the police to make sure that these shootings were not successful. As we spoke about these events one word kept coming up in my mind, fear. There is so much fear rising right now in America.
Recently in my own household, I have seen such a struggle with fear in my own life as well as the lives of my own children. Fear can look like that one moment where I wake up from a terrifying nightmare shaking because of the trauma it causes. To a child seeing a fly and running in terror from her room. We all struggle with fear at one point in our lives. I know that it is almost impossible to not deal with fear in some area of life.
Pouring out my thoughts on Fear:
Fear has an ugly way to say, I am your enemy and I am here to stay. It gathers-up power by feeding on what you hold dear. Looking at you it can overcome you with just one glance, causing you to feel like your drowning in your own circumstance. When you give in it pulls you into a darkness that consumes you from within its web of lies.
So much around us wants to prove that we are powerless and that life is a matter of walking with no way of knowing what tomorrow will bring. Yet we have the Hope of Jesus Christ our King. For in Psalms it says that He prepares a Table for us in the presence of our enemies, that even when we walk in the shadow of death we will fear no evil. In Matthew, God says He didn’t give us a spirit of fear but of Power, Love, and a Sound Mind. So many times, we will have things come around us that look like a blanket of darkness and with it can come great cause to fear. However, God has given us the tools we need to walk through and not be destroyed.
I do want to make a point. We will go through bad things in our life. We will go through moments where terrible things will happen. However, God has promised us victory in the midst of those moments. When we go through rough times or times where bad things are happening around us. It isn’t a time for us to duck and cover or run away. It is a time to sit at the table next to Jesus our Savior and King and to look fear straight in the eyes and say, you have no control over me or my family. Yes, things may come and with it battles we must face. Yet, we are free and carry the authority of Jesus name. Many think we should turn a blind eye to the darkness around. Pretend things are pretty when there is pain hidden deep underground. Yet, these are the moments where we get to shine. So arise and shine for your eyes carry the light of the King. When you look upon the darkness with the light of God’s presence in your eyes, you can see beyond the lies that are so carefully disguised. You can look straight at your enemy and laugh because he has been seen. Then turn to Jesus and see your victory.
‘”You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. ‘ Matthew 5:14
‘ Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes all around, and see; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried on the hip. Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and exult, because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you.’ Isaiah 60:1-5
‘ Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.’ Psalms 23:4-6
These last couple of weeks, terror and fear has increased in our nation because of recent events. The events have been very sad and tragic and have caused many to mourn the loss of so many innocent children and teachers. My heart and prayers have gone out to them on many occasions.
These acts of violence have opened the door to anger and fear to rise up among many other schools throughout our nation. This fear has come in the form of countless threats and roomers of shootings. Each and every threat has to be taken seriously for the sake of our own children’s safety. Those who have been caught have been dealt with severely for there actions. Our nation is praying and longing to find a way to prevent these things from happening and it is important that we find solutions that will work.
Bad things are going to happen and we cannot ignore them but we also cannot be controlled or give into them. However, we need to be very careful in where the source of our solutions is coming from. The solution to our struggles cannot be birthed out of fear, but out of Power, Love, and a Sound Mind.
‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’ II Timothy 1:7
When we face these struggles together with God, knowing that we are victorious and have authority over this darkness, we can face things like this and instead of shutting down and hiding we can speak light into the darkness and change the atmosphere.
When I say all this I want to assure you, Do not think yourself less when you feel afraid, but in those moments turn your face towards your creative loving Father God and see the solution to that fear. His perfect Love and from this place of Love I believe He will give us strategy and our part to play in making changes in our lives and nation!
Perfect Love Cast out Fear
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