January 20, 2021
Written by Tasha Ann Miller
And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
There is much ado about nothing. Fear. Quite the opposite as this unknown realism keeps us very frantic about everything. In World War II, 1939-1945, the world was left in disarray by an evil narcissistic leader who’s sole intention was to annihilate the Jewish race. Israel, the redeemed and restored betrothed of God could never suffer such a fate as darkness dripped over the face of the earth as it was in the beginning. Here, the prophet Joel described the events in verses 6 to 11 that would face the people who have forsaken God.
Our fears are yet becoming of some of the things in life that we constantly feed on instead of turning to the light. It’s more than a mental block, the corruption and evil spiritual forces that have smoked the world we now live in. Justified as it may seem, there is confidence in knowing that Christ has already overcome. As Christians we are constantly reminded through God’s word not to fear. Do we render our faith to what we fear?
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
There is always a promised restoration if we desire the will of God in our lives. I pray daily for the direction of God lest my foot or tongue should slip in places unbecoming of holiness. It’s the desire of God that we not live in fear but in power, love, and a sound mind (2nd Timothy 1:7). To get to this restoration, we must repent. The ways of this world are perpetuated and financed by fears, anxiety, panic, and hysteria. As a Christian journalist, my role is not to become a seller of news filled with fear, hidden agendas, and outright a frantic bowl of constant alarm. The toxicity of what is happening around us can only be remedied by a surrender to God and a trust in His word. There is no fear.
There is a way to overcome fear by standing on the truth of God’s word. True repentance as described in Joel 2 came by fasting and a weeping so that hearts were convicted to change and not fear. It is one thing to know that God’s mercies are always extended to those who will repent and not succumb to the fear of his judgement by being rebellious in sin.
The persecuted church symbolizes the very desire for Christians to live boldly in these last days just as the disciples prayed in Acts.
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word
As believers, we know that the dark days of this world will not leave us in fear, as we pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and redemption of the people back to God.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
Therefore, we live our lives in the greatest hope and boldness to pursue and overcome daily as the chosen children of God. We will be equipped for the journey as we take God at His word. Will you?
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