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Wisdom from the Word: A Few Words of Encouragement for Such a Time as This.

It’s all a game.

The MSM is involved with spreading anxiety and fear. We knew this when COVID19 came out and the media jumped on it and spread the pandemic terror throughout the country and the world. Now, with the election hanging in the balance, they are at it again.

It is unfortunately part of the job now to report what causes emotional distress and pits people against each other. The majority of what is being reported on is negative, and the spin is added for ratings. This is part of the enemy of our souls’ plan. It is to rattle us, to derail our faith, to get us to question, “God where are you?” It’s all part of the narrative.

The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. The media is now spreading fear and reporting lies and speculation to keep people in stress-mode. It is an attempt (whether purposed or subconscious) to steal the peoples’ joy, kill their hope, and destroy their sense of security. The “battle for the soul of the nation” is real. But we can have victory.

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

1 Peter 5:8

God sees and knows all that is going on. He is working. He never stops. And He always wins. God is a fierce protector and valiant warrior. He is Right, and Just, and abounding in love. “Watch and see,” I heard Him say earlier this year. “I will make rivers in the desert.” We have nothing to fear. But the moment we take our eyes off Him and His righteousness, we fall into all manner of temptation, anxiety, and fear.

Do not let it get to you. If you have to, turn off the TV. Don’t watch the news, don’t scroll through Facebook to read the latest gossip about the polls or what terrible thing is happening. Go to your closet and PRAY.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7

This is not the only command or encouragement we are given in trials:

  1. “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
  2. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me.” (John 14:1)
  3. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
  4. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
  5. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
  6. “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

I’ve read posts and heard comments about how stressful this has made people, and believe me I was popping antacids yesterday like they were candy. And fighting a migraine all day and night, too. But this is our time to pray and get quiet before the Lord. All the noise around us is the enemy throwing everything but the kitchen sink at us to distract from what God is doing and who He is. Don’t let him win.

God is on the throne and all you have to do is hide under the shadow of His wings. He is our strong tower, our place of refuge, our rock, and our very present help in times of trouble. Run to the throne, shut off everything that would speak evil, fear, or worry into your ears. This is part of your job as a Christian (if you’re a Christian) to build your house on the rock and stand firm. It is your responsibility to armor up.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

Ephesians 6:10-13

Read the rest of Ephesians 6 and then read Philippians. It’s short, so it shouldn’t take long. That’s your homework for the day. Read it out loud if you can, or turn on an audio-Bible to listen to it. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

Don’t give place to the devil or anyone who works for him, knowingly or ignorantly. Prayer, Bible study, and worship are your three greatest weapons. USE THEM WELL.

3 thoughts on “Wisdom from the Word: A Few Words of Encouragement for Such a Time as This.”

  1. It’s been so long since I’ve watched tv (except for a few very late night Golden Girls re-runs). I didn’t stop out of fear or COVID-19….a little had to do with the negativity. I don’t even know if there’s an actual reason. Maybe because it seemed like the same crap was being aired everyday just kinda re-worded, same arguments, same opinionated/finger pointing banter, nothing being done about major issues going on because of those examples….and it felt to me as if it had been going on for years when it was only months. Plus, I have so much better things to do with my time. I have a huge family to love and be with. Right now nothing at all matters more than that as we are just so heavily grieving and trying to make sense of our very recent and very sudden loss.

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    1. Aimee,

      Thank you for your comment. I know it isn’t even a drop in your bucket of overwhelming grief, but I’m so sorry for the passing of your son. I pray you find some comfort amid the waves of pain, and that you run to the arms of Jesus. He is a great comforter in the deepest despair. My heart aches for your family.

      Peace,
      Jenny

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