September 1, 2020 | Kim Potter, IFA Contributing Writer
A world gone mad. That’s how it feels. Although the year started out normal, within weeks we found ourselves in shut-downs and self-isolation, and the whole world turned upside down. The turbulence has not ceased. It even appears to be gaining momentum.
The madness continues on social media with the sharing of dreams believed to be from God. Dreams where mass chaos is taking place. Destruction and violence in our cities, with our president nowhere to be found. These dreams, shared with millions, sent chills through the world, including the Body of Christ.
If it couldn’t get worse, a couple of weeks after the dreams circled the internet we heard President Trump say, “You may not see me for a while…”.
At least for me, it made my mind race back to the dreams of evil foreboding.
Debilitating fear and anxiety. It’s one of the enemy’s favorite weapons. It can suddenly overwhelm or gradually paralyze. As believers, if we do not rise above it, it will cripple us.
The 1828 Webster’s dictionary defines fear as “a painful emotion or passion excited by an expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger.” Fear can be from a real or imagined threat. But history teaches us that much of what we spend our time worrying about never even happens.
The Bible tells us there will be a time when men’s hearts will fail them from fear of what is coming upon the earth. (Lk 21:26)
Are we there? I don’t believe so.
However, I do believe the enemy is doing everything in his power to frighten us, to literally paralyze us with fear. Why? Because we ARE making a difference. Our prayers are being heard. God is moving on our behalf, even when we don’t see it.
For this reason, I believe he (Satan) has pulled out all the stops and will do everything possible to hinder our faith-filled prayers. How can he do that most effectively? Through fear.
We cannot walk in faith and fear at the same time. We must remain in faith and continue praying. The word of God is our key to walking in peace through this season.
That key is found in Isaiah 26:3: You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
We have a choice during this time. We can walk through this season in fear or we can walk through it in the peace of God. It all comes down to a choice.
If we spend more time on social media or listening to the news, we will certainly walk in fear. It will be a self-imposed fear, one we have allowed or even invited, into our hearts and minds. We cannot do that.
We must instead walk in the peace and presence of God. It’s time to shine. It’s time to be a light in the darkness. It’s time to be a faith carrier and not a fear wearer.
We can only do that if we are walking in God’s peace. May the peace of God, guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus as we say “NO!” to fear.
Kim Potter is a writer and the founder of A New Thing Ministries, which sends a daily teaching to thousands of people all around the world. Her articles have appeared on The Elijah List, Charisma, Spirit Fuel, and iBelieve.com. Kim’s message is one of hope. She speaks to the heart of those who have grown discouraged or disappointed by the circumstances of life, imparting hope. For additional information, or to receive her daily writings, go to www.anewthingministries.com (Photo Photo by Isaiah Rustad on Unsplash.)
Will you say no to fear?
Editor’s note: A couple of weeks ago my son shared with me the footage of “protesters” in Washington, D.C. terrorizing sidewalk cafe diners. I shared it with my sister, who, like me, lives in the Virginia suburbs of D.C. She texted back with a link to an article reporting that Virginia would be mandating the Covid vaccine. What did I feel? Fear. I have not felt any fear about Covid. I didn’t fear the riots that I read about. But forcing diners to raise fists and mandating vaccines–those things got me. The enemy wants us to be afraid and he is trying very hard! That’s what I wanted to point out by way of example–many of us who aren’t afraid of Covid are afraid of vaccine mandates. See how tricky the enemy is? If he can’t get you one way, he’s trying another. That’s why we are so excited to share the 31 Days to Conquer Fear Prayer Guide. Each day of the month has a verse to help you conquer fear and develop faith and trust. We encourage you to download and read the verse of each day aloud, write it down on sticky notes and post around your house–basically do whatever you can to fight this battle.