OH NO! What’s happening??? Grab the kids and run for the shelter!! Quick, hide your money! Peek outside! Are they coming to cut off my head????
We live in a fear-mongering world!
I would venture to say that way too much of our lives, our decisions, and our actions are motivated by fear. Our thoughts are consumed with, “Oh my! What if . . . .!”
Think about it, when is the last time you heard Fox News or any other news outlet use the “Breaking News” announcement for something that was wholesome, encouraging, and completely truthful? Those two words are a literal catch-phrase, and indeed, when announced, they’ve gotcha! Your attention is captured and your heart moves to fear . . . “Now what?”
Fear is a money-maker.
Fear is a peace-stealer.
Fear is a heart-stirrer.
Fear is an alarm-ringer.
Fear is a stress-producer.
Fear is a blind-puller.
Fear is a joy-crusher.
Fear is an obedience-excuser.
I must be honest, as I have written in this blog, fear is something that I have had to battle in my life. And usually what we fear, just like worry which is its second-cousin, never happens. There are many things in my life that I have missed out on because I was afraid. The most important of all . . . just living day-by-day under the sunshine of God’s loving, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, sovereign care.
Now, before I am thrown under the bus, I understand being wise, cautious, and having common sense, but fear that does not trust in the promises and character of God is of the flesh and Satan!
Just stop for a moment and think of all the things you fear. Write them down. Then go to the Word and see what God says about them.
For starters, what fears do these truths obliterate?
Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
2 Timothy 1:7 – For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
Psalm 23:1-4 – The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
Psalm 34:4 – I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
Truth is, every time you are fearful, “Breaking News” should be a passage of Scripture brought to the forefront of your mind! God’s “Breaking News” is fresh, eternal, truthful, calming, encouraging, and fear-removing. Read Psalm 34:4 again. Do you want the devil or The Deliverer?
So what will come to your mind the next time you hear, “Breaking News!”?