Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23
I froze. Uncontrollable tears trickled down as I watched the horrific video sent to me. In between pity, anger, confusion, fears, I can’t put the emotions I felt into words. This is someone’s daughter, son, neighbor, sibling…..I was hysterical.
You know that popular phrase, that keeps us glued to negative news, I have said these words, may be you have too.
‘You just need to know how much evil is around’…
Really? How much evil do we need to know?
How much is enough? When do we unplug?
The Bible says the whole world is soaked in wickedness.
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 1 John 5:19
What more? These things shouldn’t quake our hearts or steal our peace.
We are not from Utopia societies, evil is everywhere but that should never be an excuse to glorify the enemy by spreading news or rumors of his works.
I’m a mom like you and it freaks me out. Turning the news seeing all the horrible things freaks me out and I get mad when the victims are children. What matters is not how mad we get. It is reassuring to remember we are God’s children. He still cares deeply for His own. When we see these things we are not to be moved.
Here is something the sad news does. It gradually nurtures our hearts to be suspicious of everyone and everything. So much so, a bunch of folks have stopped believing there’s any good around, or that miracles exist or that God even cares…
Friend, there’s Jesus, there is the Mercy seat, and Grace abounds right in this chaotic mess.
There’s still light in this dark world. (Luke 1:79)
Jesus Christ is all we need. (John 14:27)
Do you see what fear does?
Fear locks you away.
It puts barriers that aren’t there.
Sets boundaries and creates distance around people.
Fear is the enemy’s weapon to a life bondage. We are an over-informed age, with constant news streaming in our faces.
Fear is one way people react to this information overload.
That’s what the enemy thrives on…FEAR
Do you notice how much fear we pass around? Every time we share, re-share, talk about all the negativity out there, we magnify the enemy. In fact, we freely promote him!
Yes we are guilty of it!
Imagine if we used up our social media time spreading the Good news of the Gospel.
Imagine, we spent more time praying for our children, families, churches, neighbors, communities etc.
Imagine, we all spent time contributing to our productively in our communities, schools and workplaces.
3 Practical steps You Can Take Today
Do not go over what the enemy is doing. Words have power. They either contain life or death (Proverbs 18:21). Before you re-share, click post or send button ask yourself
‘Am I spreading the gospel of Faith or fear?’
Do not entertain Fear: Every time fear knocks, recall the scriptures to send it right back where it belongs, hell.
Use your Block and Delete Buttons where necessary: Personally, I’d asked a few friends to avoid sending graphic videos and messages especially when the intent goes more than giving information to instilling fear. Block unnecessary channels and groups.
5 Biblical Truths That Break The Chains of Fear
- Jesus has conquered the world… including every fear we ever think about. John 16:33
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
- Fear only attract those evils. Cast out every fear. A believer doesn’t have the Spirit of Fear. (2 Timothy 1:7)
- Jesus still calms every storm. There’s power in the Name of Jesus to break every hold of fear over your life. Whether its fear over your life, children, family, marriage, community (Mark 4:39)
- Fill up your thought life with goodness and wealth from God’s Word. (Philippians 4:8 and Joshua 1:8)
- Be Intentional about the information you absorb. Be careful what your eyes, ears and mouth receive and spread. I’m sure you know what you consistently dwell upon becomes your reality. Proverbs 23:7
Today’s Prayer: Dear Lord, Prince of Peace, thank you for making your peace available to me. Bring to knees every situation that causes my heart to fear in Jesus Name. Break every chains of fear by the Power in the Name of Jesus. Thank you for granting my heart peace in Jesus name. Amen