Fear has no place in our lives as the chosen people of God. Fear wreaks havoc; it steals our joy and our Godly confidence. I refuse fear. I refuse to let Satan’s agenda dictate my emotional state. I will not be afraid of the coming elections because my God is in control, I will not fear for my children because the Lord goes before them and the God of Israel is their rear guard, I will not live in fear of terror and darkness that seems to be overcoming the world because I know the ONE who has overcome the world.
I will not fear or be in panic or live under the suffocation of dread. The Lord, my God will give victory in the battle and I know how to fight the battle: on my knees. That is where I relinquish my agenda and take up God’s. It is the place where Holy fire can spark a life and forever change its course and sometimes the course of history itself. Casual prayer is not the answer. There isn’t time for casual prayer! This is the time for a sacrifice of prayer, prayer for the people in this world who do not have the light and are carrying out evil’s agenda whether actively or passively. Prayer that we will not be fueled by fear, but that we will know the truth and that truth will set us free, that we will live a life of freedom in Christ, whether in a country of freedom or increasing hostility.
This morning while running, I was echoing the words of Rich Mullins, “I believe what I believe and it makes me who I am”, and I kept thinking how true that is. What I believe will make me who I am. I believe in God, I believe He is coming back, I believe He will never abandon me. He may not intend prosperity and a life free from turmoil for me, but a life lived well does not depend on that. Our country may have turned from God, but He is not in the habit of abandoning individuals; He never has. Every day is our battle ground even when dread of the future may loom before us. In the dailies we have the promise that God goes before us and is our rear guard. He says to us, “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.”(Isaiah 41:10). I need to let what I believe make me who I am, and not let circumstances or fear dictate who I will be or taint my decisions. It may be time to see that safety can be an idol; we may need to be shaken out of our apathy.
Just a little farther on in Deuteronomy 20 I found this gem of a verse, “Is there any man who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go back to his house, lest he make the heart of his fellows melt like his own” (v 8). I purpose that my talk and my walk will not make the heart of my fellow man melt, and I will not entertain those who do. I will not fall prey to Satan’s fear tactics, however they may show themselves. Instead of seeing the evil in the world and battening down the hatches lest it touch us, I will look it straight in the eye and ask God what is my part to play in the Light of evil’s undoing. I will make a sacrifice of prayer, not for prosperity or even for protection but for the furthering of God’s kingdom. Please do not mistake me, I am not saying we should not pray for protection, but sometimes when we are praying for protection we are really praying for smooth sailing, that nothing will rock the boat. We are called to more than that. We are to be more than conquerors; those who don’t battle don’t conquer a blessed thing. This is a call to battle, but battle the right way. My heart will not faint; I will set my face to the light. I want my children to be able to say of me, she knew who she was, she knew what she believed, and it made her who she was.