The goal of the enemy is to cripple the believer with fear. Fear keeps us from being able to think properly and assess situations clearly, and if it is given a good foot-hold, it paralyzes us; and if we’re paralyzed we cannot walk on this journey of faith. The Bible tells us that G-d does not want us to be afraid of anything or anyone other than Him. As Proverbs states, “The fear of G-d is the beginning of wisdom”, however, it is not meant to be a fear of what He will do to us if we disobey, rather, it should be a fear of disappointing our Father, i.e. a fear of shaming Him and besmirching His character in the eyes of the nations.
So how do we combat fear that comes from the world? I am not an expert, but I have found a few practical ways to reduce the “fear factor” in my own life, so I would like to share some tips with you.
- Limit exposure on social media. I think it is pretty safe to assume that we all have friends and family members that post articles, videos, and memes under the guise of “sharing truth”, and perhaps they really believe they are doing everyone a service. However, most of the time, they are not merely passing on information, but are, in fact, perpetuating fear. Don’t worry; you don’t have to deactivate your account on Facebook in order to get rid of their “fearful chatter”, nor do you have to reprimand them in a private message. I recommend “unfollowing” these people. You will still be friends, but you won’t have to see all the negativity they are promoting. If you’re going to be online, make sure you’re surrounding yourself with positive people. If you wouldn’t want to hang out with “Debbie downer” in real life, there is no reason you have to put up with it online. And if you are one of those people who posts these types of negative videos and articles, please, stop.
- Be selective with radio, TV, and internet. This is a big one and kind of goes along with #1. There are certain people that I do not recommend listening to or watching. For example, a radio talk show host who is talking about possible conspiracies, is most likely doing it for the ratings. If it sounds a little far-fetched and/or too good to be true, it probably is.
News media outlets on television are never unbiased. They always have an agenda, and they rarely share the good things that are going on in the world. If you want to know what evil men are doing, all you need to do is turn on any news channel, and you’ll get an eye and ear full.
Unfortunately, anyone with a computer and video processing software and/or a webcam can make and upload a video to Youtube. Videos about the illuminati, shadow governments, satanism, assassinations, murders, FEMA camps, etc. prey on our soul’s natural desire to survive which usually leads to fear. Videos by so-called prophets who tell people about their “dreams from G-d” concerning asteroids, earthquakes, and other catastrophes, are also fear-based, though they will typically say they are sharing because they care. Whether their “prophecies” are true or not, is really inconsequential. We do not need to listen to others’ dreams; we have the Bible. It clearly states what will happen in the end times before the Messiah comes. Try not to focus so much on the details, and see the bigger picture. Those of us who have read, believe, and walk in the Truth found in the Bible, know the end of the story. Bottom line: don’t go looking for the “news of the day”; if it is really important, it will find you.
One last, word on this topic. There are many “ministries” who may be well intentioned in presenting information, but the end result promotes fear. Just because someone is a believer and has a ministry, does not mean we have to listen to everything or anything they have to say. If you find that by listening to certain people you are becoming more fearful, stop listening to them, and find others that will encourage you in the process of purification and holy living.
- Don’t get political. Okay, I am going to qualify this statement. If you’re going to be political, do it at a local level, where you can actually accomplish something. Forget national politics. The society at large is anti-G-d, and even the “good guys” are typically the lesser of two evils. We need to recognize Who is really in charge. If we have a wicked man in office, it is not because the righteous didn’t go out to vote, it is because G-d willed it. When wicked men rule, the people cry out for deliverance. Evil is merely a tool Hashem wields, a means by which He causes His children to repent and return to His ways.
- Practice gratitude. Concentrate on what G-d has done. Paul the Apostle said, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:2) By practicing thankfulness, you are practicing your ability to recognize the Source of all things and this ultimately will promote positivity. As the songwriter Harold Arlen wrote: “Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.”
- Focus on your calling. For most of us, the call is clear and simple: take care of your family. Whether you’re a spouse or a parent or a child, you’ve been given clear guidelines and instructions in the Word as to how fulfill your role. Our first ministry is to those closest to us, our spouse, our children, our parents, and siblings. Contrary to what society says, our biggest job is not out there in the world; it is inside the four pillars of our home. Focus on making your home a safe haven of love, joy, peace, and safety. “Change a family; change a generation. Change a generation; change the world.” The key to lasting change in the world is being faithful with the seemingly little task of preserving the original family structure and maintaining godly values. Don’t worry about what others are doing, be diligent in the duties G-d has given you, and do them with all your heart.
- Read the Word. This is the most important. G-d’s Word is filled with encouragement, exhortation, and the promises of blessing to those who love G-d and walk in His ways. “Its ways are ways of pleasantness and all its paths are peace.” We should be spending time in the Bible daily, being washed in the Word, being transformed by the renewing of our minds. Just as our bodies need daily mourishment, so too, our spirits need daily sustenance from the Word. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of G-d.”
We cannot live in fear and walk in the way Hashem has called us to walk. If we are operating out of fear, we will not be able to truly love others. Fear drains the life out of us and keeps us in prison to the desire of the flesh, which is, ultimately, to survive. G-d wants us to thrive and live our life to the fullest! This world is passing away, and all corrupted flesh will go to the grave. Only love will remain, and only love will see the light of the new day.
The L-rd is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The L-rd is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.
3 Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.
4 One thing have I asked of the L-rd,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the L-rd
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the L-rd
and to inquire in his temple.
5 For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.
6 And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the L-rd.
7 Hear, O L-rd, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
8 You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
9 Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O G-d of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the L-rd will take me in.
11 Teach me your way, O L-rd,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.
13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the L-rd
in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the L-rd;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!