Protect Your Peace
3 Ways to Overcome Fear and Anxiety
A few days ago I decided to unplug. I decided to turn off my socials in an effort to retreat, repent and refuel.
Just as I was coming to terms with a global pandemic, and beginning to accept the new normal, I was hit with a reminder that not all men in America are treated equal, I watched as the country erupted with national protesting, some of them peaceful others not.
And I listened to the narratives, from both sides of the fence and I became angry, and bitter and confused. I wanted to stand in solidarity with my brothers and sisters. More importantly I did not want to give the enemy a foothold.
I was angry.
I was afraid.
Fear tried to rear it’s ugly head and the darkness of depression tried to spread it’s blanket over me.
I am the wife of a man that fits, the description. I am the mother of a man that fits the description. I am the grandmother of a sweet little boy, who will grow up to fit the description.
How do I remain angry and sin not according to the mandate of Ephesians 4:26.
I found myself spiraling and realized that there were 3 things I needed to do in order to protect my peace and preserve my relationship with God. Here are the 3 steps I implemented in order to protect my peace
Step One: Retreat
Isaiah 26:3 says I will keep thee in perfect peace, all whose mind is stayed on thee. I need to retreat to that secret meeting place, where I could give myself to prayer and communion with God. I was carrying such a heavy burden and his word says that I am able to come to him whenever I am overwhelmed or the stress of life becomes to much for me (Matt 11: 28-30).
He encouraged me to “Be still and know that I am God” Psalms 46:10. and that’s exactly what I did. I paused and read his word. I praised and worshiped him in song and allowed the peace of God that surpasses all understanding to keep my heart and mind through Jesus Christ according to Philippians 4:7 .
Step Two: Repent
There is no way that you can spend time with God and not be convicted of the sin or transgression in your life. I was no exception. I realized that the anger that I was projecting against a certain demographic was misguided. I had to be reminded by reading Ephesians 6:12 that we are still in a spiritual battle, our fight is not with each other-our battle is with principalities, powers, rulers of darkness of this world against spiritual wickedness in high places. Our belief in, or decision to pick up the weapons of this warfare and participate does not and will not prevent you nor I from potentially becoming a casualty of this war. Therefore before I allowed a foothold to become a stronghold I needed to repent of my anger and unearth the bitterness in my heart. I began to pray about all that I was thinking and feeling, knowing that if I confess and repent (turn away from) my sin, He is faithful and just to forgive my sins 1 John 1:9 and cleanse me of unrighteousness.
Step Three: Refuel
Acts 3:19 says that when we repent and turn to God, our sins are wiped out and times of refreshing will come.
My refreshing and refueling came from reading the word of God, from reading the promises he made towards me and my children. They came from reading the accounts of how he always, protects and provides for his own. I was refreshed by being reminded that he loved the world so much that he sent his son to die so that I may be redeemed. I was encouraged in being reminded that his plans for me are good, and meant to give me hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Make no mistake, being refreshed and refueled does not mean that the world will be void of sickness and injustice overnight, but rather you will have been filled with the word of God and equipped to do your part in fighting against these things in a manner that is righteous and effective.
As Christians it is our calling and our duty to speak out against injustice Isiah 58:6 entreats us to fight for the oppressed, to break the bands of wickedness and to break yokes. But we are not alone in this battle and ultimately you and I must be reminded that this is not God’s first rodeo, he specializes in fighting battles where the odds seems stacked against the underdog, those who are disenfranchised and those who seem to be under represented.
Read the inspirational story in 2 Chronicles 2:20 of how God delivers his people when the odds seem stacked against his people, he is the same God now as then.
I pray for you my friend that the God of Peace Jehovah Shalom will bring you the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.