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State Of Fear


Scripture, directly or indirectly, tells us not to fear 365 times which amounts to one fear not or do not fear per day or one for every day out of the year. This is remarkable when one considers that the Bible was written over a 1400 year period, by various authors, but it is no surprise when we consider that God the Father, Jesus Christ himself, inspired the word how it was and how it still is.

In a perfect world, these pieces of scriptures would be enough to rid off any fear that we may have but we do not live in a perfect world and the enemy does pry on our fears. That is, he uses our emotions to make us fear and this could be a particular situation(s), event(s), and/or even a person to wear us down. Whether you agree with my analysis on an individual’s emotional makeup, scripture is clear that Satan is good at what he does and we must do our best to stir clear of him.

Unfortunately, as citizens of the Earth, we are on Satan’s playground or, at least, we are on his block as Satan is referred to as the prince of the power of the air in Ephesians 2:2, among other things, so it is of no surprise when one looks and observes all the chaos that it currently going on in our world. While there are many reasons why people choose to turn off the happenings of this world, the chaos and calamity that seems to be nonstop is near the top of the list and I have personally turned off most major broadcasting news outlets.

The sad reality is that everywhere we look regardless which part of the globe whether it’s in the United States or some far off country across the pod that is separated by a large body of water or a nation that shares the same continent like Canada or Mexico; there is a spirit of fear that runs rampant. The situations and reasons for the fear are quite different for so many but fear is an emotion that pries on the mind and if we allow it, gets the best of us. For so many, their respective situation(s) are their downfall or is a major part in their ultimate demise.

The famous Irish statesman and Member of Parliament, Edmund Burke, famously and poetically stated “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” This famous line has been used by many throughout the years and for different reasons but one thing that causes so many good men to do nothing is fear. Fear of not fitting in or standing out from the crowd or fear of being rejected—on and on and on the list goes—and while the list is long, the result is the same: too many stand down and evil triumphs.

This is not a message from an individual who is trying to write a motivational column, not by far, but this is a message from someone who has been in fear and reaped the consequences of such fear. Doing nothing can make an individual feel good in the moment as they feel the relief from escaping the consequences but as often is the case, at some point in time, the consequences will catch up with them and this is something I have experienced personally and observed firsthand.

This is just another reminder that regardless of who you are, whether here on Earth or in the afterlife, everyone must give an account for all things and knowing this, it should be much easier for all people to let go of a state of fear and live within God’s presence of truth: “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalms 16:11).

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Written by Billy Ray Parrish


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