I am sure many of you were looking forward to the end of 2020 believing that 2021 would give us a fresh new start; such as a vaccine that can possibly help battle this awful covid pandemic but 6 days in to the new year another unprecedented event would play before our very eyes at the Nation’s Capitol. It may cause anxiety and/or fear for many but one thing I know to be true is that God sits on the throne. He is the only One worth worshipping and nothing is unseen nor ignored by Him. Therefore, fear not because when you put your trust in God there is nothing to fear. God is higher than man, higher than agendas, higher than opinions, higher than false testimony, higher than the forces that go against His Holy word; and most importantly higher than those who profess His name but continue to stir confusion, controversy and division. God is love, He is unity, He is compassionate; so anyone or anything that doesn’t represent the characteristics & spirit of God doesn’t truly know Him or follow Him. If there is anyone who needs to stand fearful it should be those who do not represent the Lord nor put their complete trust in Him.
However, you may say that sounds good Monique but how did we get here? How is it that I am fearful because I could have never imagined that people would have that kind of anger I witnessed on the Nation’s Capitol. This is what fear does, be it what happened on January 6th or other issues of concern that go unresolved for years at a time and someone preys on the pain of others. In which an emotional initiator may encourage people to take matters in to their own hands by manipulation, force or the harming of others. Those who respond with anger may believe their way is the only way by eliminating any compromise or peace insight. Fear may also stem from undiagnosed psychological or cognitive challenges that if not addressed may spiral into uncontrollable rage and anger. Ephesians 4:26 tells us that..”In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,” James 1:20 reminds us that human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Psalm 37:8 reads…”Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret— it only causes harm.”
Fear ultimately breeds anger out of the innate human instinct for self-defense. When someone feels threatened, they may initially fear regarding the possible validity or falsity of the threat of concern, in which harm could possibly follow. Unfortunately, there are many professional emotional manipulators who stoke fear into unstable and/or disenfranchised groups of people. These initiators be it family, spouse, professional, religious or political associations may take advantage of those who have unresolved anger or who are genuinely fearful. Those who know the difference between peace and confusion will call it out because peaceful people are optimistic and believe in unity. Peaceful people follow the characteristics of God which is to love our neighbor and “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”(Romans 12:18)
We will experience fear and anger because it is a real emotion that God created within us but those emotions shouldn’t be stoked by shady characters no matter what title they hold. To incite and/or provoke rage that may put others in harms way, especially from those who have been given the privilege to govern and lead God’s people is down right unacceptable and wrong! Clearly this behavior does not represent the peace of God. As a believer, there’s nothing to debate when peace and anger becomes apart of the conversation. Nor should blame-shifting or diversion tactics be an excuse to make a case to dismiss wrong. We will never agree on everything in this lifetime especially issues related to LifeLoveMarriageDivorce or Politics. The word reminds us…”Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”(Romans 12:19, 21) One thing about God, He does keep His promises.
In closing, beware of those who play emotional mind games and choose to incite anger instead of peace. Beware when fear consumes your mind because it isn’t the spirit of God as II Timothy 1:7 tells us that…”For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” This is why you are to stand firm on the word of God and recite Psalms 56:3-4 …“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?” You are too precious to God to be manipulated by anyone; therefore fear not and refuse to let anger overcome you because when you truly put your trust in God and follow Him, His peace will always prevail!
Until the Next Blog,
Blessings & Love!