There is an epidemic of fear in our world today. You don’t have to be a prophetic giant or Biblical scholar to recognize this. All you have to do is turn on your tv to CNN or Fox News and see the chaos and craziness going on in the world. There is political unrest rising up from all around us, from the Middle East to Africa to Asia and Europe and even right at our back door, in Mexico. There are more than just “rumors of wars” in Ukraine, Russia, Syria, Libya, Iraq, and Israel with literally no end in sight and no viable solutions. Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, dangerously and audaciously mirroring some actions and mindsets of the infamous Hitler, seems to have one goal: to restore Mother Russia to its former glory. You can watch in full, high-definition color as ISIS ravages through city after city, marking Christians with a symbol, marking their death; while treacherously committing heinous acts of terror and the mass slaughtering of people . . . just for the glory of it. So far, they have successfully terrorized people even half way around the world.
Almost weekly, news of planes, falling out of the skies and one recently disappearing off the face of the earth with no clues in sight, are leaving many families and loved ones with no closure and with an insurmountable amount of questions to which there are no answers.
In our communities, children are being abducted, taken right out of their own bedrooms and from their school playgrounds, both places where they should be the safest. A growing distrust and even hatred towards our civil servants is on the rise, planting a dangerous seed and teaching a whole generation of young children that they should be afraid of the men who are initially there to protect them. On the other side, those civil servants who act to protect themselves are scrutinized, tried, convicted, and found guilty in the court of public opinion and social media before even one drop of the gavel beginning the legitimate judicial court of the people.
The bottom line: We are all afraid of each other.
Racism is alive and well in our world, where blacks are afraid of whites and whites are afraid of blacks. U.S.-born Americans are now fearful, leery, and suspect towards other people coming into America with different belief systems, marking them—even if it’s only mentally—as possible terrorists. Where we used to really believe people would flee their countries and come to America to pursue the “American Dream,”—and they did—we are now skeptical of and unsure of their real intentions and long-term goals.
Earthquakes are being felt in parts of the earth where they never had before. The earth is groaning and trembling, almost as if it’s growing weary of its inhabitants and ready for a cleansing. Sink holes are opening up and swallowing up entire houses and buildings, leaving some people buried alive. It seems as though even with all the technological advancements, medical and scientific discoveries we have made and the military armaments we possess, we would be much better off. Yet, the problem remains and is worsening.
It’s simple, really.
The problem is this: We can protect ourselves from everything BUT ourselves and have become our own worse enemies.
Yes, it’s easy to allow fear to come in and grip your heart. To the Believer, this is no surprise—or, at least, it shouldn’t be. The Bible talks very specifically about these events taking place in the earth and the signs that we are now seeing in the heavens and on the earth.
Just look what I mean:
"Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” (4) And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. (5) For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.(6) And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.(7) For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.(8) All these are the beginning of sorrows. (9) Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. (10) And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. (11) Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. (12) And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.(13) But he who endures to the end shall be saved. (14) And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
Matthew 24:3-14 (NKJV)
If that’s not enough to convince you, here’s one more:
“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; (26) men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (27) Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. (28) Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
Luke 21:25-28 (NKJV)
Regardless we might hear on the news or see around us, these four things I know with absolute certainty:
1. We can pray. We can pray about the world we live in, but to pray that things will get better is futile. Things will not—and are not supposed to, according to Biblical prophecy—get any better . . .at least, not right now. What we can pray for is ourselves. We can pray that our faith remain strong and that we will not faint in well doing. We can pray to be bold as lions and stand up for the cause of Christ. We can pray for our loved ones to receive Christ as their personal Savior. There are a lot of things we can pray for, but things have to play out the way they were intended to. Today, more than ever, it’s important that we are wise and discerning, regarding the season we are living in. Don’t be caught unaware. Prepare yourself. Prepare your family, prepare your heart, and get your homes (lives) in order. In the end, we do win!
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. (14) Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. (15) And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. (16) Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (17) Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. (18) And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.”
2. We can have peace. God has given us the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to watch over our souls and give us peace. Look at this:
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
John 14:27 (NKJV)
3. We can overcome evil with good. When the world wants to hold hostage our dreams, we can choose to forgive and be set free. When the world wants us to engage in slanderous talk, we can choose our words wisely and being a builder of people, not a destroyer of men. When the world around us wants us to react hastily, we can respond correctly. Most importantly, when the world around us wants to hate, we can choose to love.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Romans 12:21 (NKJV)
4. We can have hope. When we have God’s love operating in our hearts and the Holy Spirit living in us, like I believe all Believers have, then we can count on hope.
“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Romans 5:5 (KJV)
That means that we don’t live day to day wondering what our end game is going to be. We can know for sure that our hope is sealed by the Holy Spirit. We do that by asking Christ to live in our hearts and making Him Lord of our lives. We “seal the deal,” I like to say. That hope acts as an anchor in troubled times, just as an anchor holds a ship steady in rough, tumultuous waters. Life’s storms might come and beat upon your house or your “boat,” but hope keeps you anchored and safe. Our hope is sure!
“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast . . .
So, the next time fear tries to raise its ugly head in your life and put a stake in your heart, remember this: The Greater One lives inside of you (1 John 4:4), and He is all you need! Lift up your eyes to where your help comes from (Psalms 121) and be still, knowing that He is God (Psalms 46:10).
Stand up to the enemy of fear and say/believe that fear has no place in your life!
I love life. I love people. I love helping people love life.