A Letter to You; Don’t Be Afraid

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]

Dear friend,

I’m gonna need you to take this verse, and run with it.
Put it in the pocket of your heart, and whip it out anytime fear tries to creep up on you!
We need words like these; the right assurance from God.
Especially at a time like this when it seems as though, not just your home city, but the whole world is under attack.

Silence us,
Paralyse us, and
Imprison our minds, is what the enemy wants to do…
All in all, they want us to stop living with the freedom and liberty that God Himself permitted us, and instead surrender to their wicked ways…
But we cannot and will not let them win.

I write this letter to encourage you to do a few things…

The first is, Hold on to God!
Know His word for you, be confident in His protection over you (Psalm 91), and trust that He is still on the throne regardless of what is happening.
“I write to you, young men,
because you are strong,
and the word of God lives in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.”
[1 John 2:14]

Sometimes people get a bit funny about how God can be sovereign, yet this evil stuff still happens, but the truth is, the presence of evil stems from a disobedience of man from time past.
What is sure however is this; God will surely raise a standard against the evil one, and their judgement shall come upon them – (Isaiah 59:18-19, Malachi 4:1).

Whatever you do, do not lose hope in God – trust in the fact that He is All-Knowing, He is Intentional, and He is the only Wise God – (1 Timothy 1:17).

Next is, Do Not Fear!
What kind of life would it be, to be looking over our shoulder every second, worried about someone striking us?
Friend, as crazy as it may sound, I ask that you still Be Bold, and Walk Tall.
This is actually an instruction from God’s word;
“So be strong and courageous!
Do not be afraid and do not panic before them.
For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you.
He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” 

[Deuteronomy 31:6]

We ought therefore, to live out this word.
Let us be bold, and strong, but also vigilant and wise, alert and aware of our surroundings, and be rest assured that God is with us – always – (Joshua 1:9).

Next is, Keep Loving…
At a time like this, the last thing we need is hatred and more division.
I need us to remember that actually the word of God says that ‘perfect love drives out all fear’ – (1 John 4:18).
We need not point the finger at other cultures or other religions, but rather we need to embrace one another, help one another and stand in intercession for one another at this crucial time.
If we can physically help, by volunteering time or resources to health services and other rescue organisations, then please let us do so. If not, then let us remember that we can always love with a prayer – and that has no limitations or boundaries.

Leading me finally to this;

Pray without Ceasing – (1 Thessalonians 5:17)!
The world needs us now, more than ever, to send up a word to our Ever-Listening Father, on their behalf!

Yes, we need to fight in the spirit, and pray against every root and seed of evil that has taken over the hearts of those perpetrating these wicked acts.
Pray that they become weak, and that their plans be destroyed, dismantled and disorganised in Jesus’ name.

Very importantly let us pray for those affected…
Victims, their families, city cultures and so much more…
We need to stand for them!
The reality is that many of them will be too weak to pray, too down to believe, and too hurt to trust again.
Let us ensure that our consistent prayers will allow their faith and hope to be restored!
Let us pray that they will not walk away from God, but will know that there is every reason to hold on to Him regardless.
Let us pray that God will heal their hearts from the trauma and shock, and will provide comfort and peace for them to push through, and carry on.

I want you to remember that the bible says, ‘The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results’ – (James 5:16)
Therefore, let us believe in the power of our prayer, and never give up.

Friend we must know and believe, that with our prayer,
There will be a CHANGE!

Let us affect it, through the powerful name of JESUS.

I’ll leave you now, to continue with your day; make it as normal as normal gets, and do not allow anything to stop you from living fully!

Signed With Love,

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