Rebekah Faubion and Penny Jackson have helped us the last two days to deal with some of the wounds in our lives. Grief can lead you to dread. Have you ever listened to someone talk about what bad could happen next week, or next month, or even in the years to come? They dread getting up in the morning because of what could happen by the end of the day. Penny continues to help us better define the dread by writing the following:
I was helping my tutor student prepare for his English final exam the other day. We were going over the story of Pandora in Greek mythology, one I hadn’t thought about in years. I knew the basics: she is given a box and told not to open it. Curiosity got the best of her, she opened it, and evils (greed, pain, misery, etc.) started entering the world for the first time. Only one evil remained in the box. That was foreboding. One version put it this way: If it had escaped, no hope would have been would possible, and while man can bear endless troubles, he cannot live with no hope at all.” It really hit me when I read that.
“Foreboding” means “apprehension, anxiety, disquiet, unease, and DREAD!” I hate dread, and it’s something I really have to stay on guard against. Even the ancient Greeks knew the damage dread could do. When we dread, anxiety begins. When we dread, joy is lost. When we dread, hope is gone. In short, dread sucks the life out of life. But Jesus came for us to have life more abundantly, not so that we would dread what is on the path ahead of us, be it tomorrow or ten years from now.
The next time dread tries to ruin your day, spend some time meditating on this: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11. There’s no room for dread in that verse, is there?
You have a good future. Ask the Lord to fill you with faith. I want to encourage you to read “Time to Defeat the Devil: Strategies to Win the Spiritual War” This is a book on defeating the spirit of infirmity and trauma.
Chuck D. Pierce
Glory of Zion International Ministries
|Charles D. “Chuck” Pierceserves as President of Global Spheres, Inc. (GSI). This is an apostolic, prophetic ministry used to gather and mobilize the worshipping Triumphant Reserve worldwide. GSI facilitates other ministries and participates in regional and national gatherings to develop new Kingdom paradigms. Peter and Doris Wagner complete the leadership team of this new wineskin. Chuck is President of Glory of Zion International Ministries, a ministry that aligns Jew and Gentile and is known for his accurate prophetic gifting which helps nations, cities, churches and individuals understand the times and seasons in which we live.|