September 27, 2020 | Kim Potter, IFA Contributing Writer
Fear has gripped our nation. It seems to be growing daily. With fierce determination, the media is working to make sure fear continues to run rampant.
This was what came to mind the day my little nine-year-old granddaughter got right up in my face.
“Bryson, grab some cat food, please,” I yelled across the aisle of the local Dollar General Store.
“But you don’t have a cat, Nana,” came his response.
“I know, but there is that stray you kids feed and it stands in my door and cries until I feed it,” I replied with exasperation.
At that moment, Brailee, walked up to me and pulled my face toward hers with her little hands. With my face down to her level she looked me straight in the eye. Once our eyes were locked, she loudly exclaimed, “Stop feeding it and it will go away!”
Powerful words from a little girl. Powerful and true. Stop feeding it and it will go away.
It reminds me of the old Cherokee teaching I have heard many times in life, it goes like this;
An old Cherokee, teaching his grandson about life, shared an important truth: “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil–he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” The old Indian continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
What we feed grows. What we allow others to feed us with, grows as well. For this reason, it is so important what we allow in our minds and our hearts.
Philippians 4:8 teaches us, Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
If we choose to spend our days listening to the news or battling with everyone’s opinion on social media, fear, hopelessness and unbelief will become a self-inflected part of our life.
The better choice would be to spend our days praying, listening to God and reading His word. Therein, faith in His faithfulness will be the dominate force in our life. It’s entirely up to us.
James 4:7 says, “Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
The devil is not going to stop talking – through social media, news media and those who do not want to see the will of God fulfilled – it’s up to us, to silence the enemy in our own lives.
If we want the fear or hopelessness to go away, we only have to stop feeding it. Or allowing it to be fed to us. Resist the devil and he will flee, just as God says.
We cannot afford to give the enemy any part of us, including our ear. It must stop now. Turn off the news media, take a break from social media, stop feeding the fear. Feed your faith instead.
Spend time in the word of God. Gather friends and pray about your city, your nation. Call and encourage others – pray with them. Firmly establish your mind on good things! On what God is saying. As you do, fear will flee and faith will increase. It is a biblical truth; what we feed will grow.
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
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