I recently watched a documentary that showed a potential link between COVID vaccines and sudden deaths. Several morticians talked about the rise of odd blood clots that appear long and rubbery. Stats on birthing decline and an increase of cancer deaths were also shared.
If one simply considers the information given in this documentary, it would seem understandable for a viewer to walk away succumbing to fear. After all, it’s not just this documentary that is spreading fear, it’s the daily headlines, it’s the war in Ukraine, it’s the crashing economy, it’s the disease we’re trying to combat, it’s the stress of tasks waiting for us at work, it’s the worry over the world we’re leaving our children, and so forth.
My message to you is Don’t succumb to fear. Don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed by the purveyors of fear. There are people who have taken-up the cause of fear and are faithfully pushing it upon others. Many of these people are well meaning and in their minds they simply felt compelled to do something about a cause that motivated their engagement.
Our battle, however, is not with or against these causes, or with or against those who push frightful conspiracy theories, but is about how we process it. So, I want to share three biblical principles with you to help you not to succumb to fear and to appropriate process these causes.
First, let’s consider Ephesians 6:12 which says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
It is important to remember that the enemy is not another human. Yes, a human may be fighting against you, but they are merely a pawn of Satan. A lot of causes that create fear in man, do so by singling out people or a particular people group. Our real fight is not against others or in the skill of man, but it is a spiritual battle against the forces of darkness.
Our weapons are not in combating with logic or forceful communication, but in personal prayer and faith in the promises of God’s Word. We trust in what the Lord has already done and is doing on our behalf.
Second, let’s consider Romans 12:2 which says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
What we focus upon is what transforms us. If we are constantly focused on fearfulness we will be led by that fear. That fear will soon overwhelm us with unhealthy paranoia and fear that aids Satan’s goals and not the abundant life offered by the Lord (John 10:10).
Knowing that the battle is waged within our thoughts helps us to intentionally guard our mind and from giving too much attention to things that have no eternal value for life.
Third, let’s consider Hebrews 12:2 which says, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
This principle dovetails with our last one because it is Jesus that we should fix our mind on, not the fear that stirs up discontentment. Whatever the cause or the bandwagon that you may be tempted to fall in line with, just remember that it is still limited by this world and destined for the cleansing fire spoken of by Peter (2 Peter 3:12).
There is an old chorus that is worth dusting off and putting back on our tongues, and it goes, “Fix your eyes upon Jesus and look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”