For many weeks now, just as I was about to fall into a good deep sleep, I have heard in my spirit the words, “The Winter of our Malcontent”.
Trying to reconcile those words in my own thinking, I would then say to myself, “You mean the winter of our discontent don’t you?”
(I was thinking about the fact that Shakespeare wrote this and put into print in Richard III,1594.)
Again and again the same event would take place until I was made aware of what The LORD would have me write and share with those — who may have ears to hear. For you see, the subject can be one that many FEAR.
Malcontent : Definition : Disappointed, disenchanted, disillusioned, frustrated, unfulfilled; disquieted, disturbed, perturbed, upset; dejected, depressed, despairing, despondent.
The Wringing of Hands and Heart
For some, it is easier to simply live in a shell of denial or self concocted false spiritual bliss than to look soberly and head on at the turmoil and drama that the world is rapidly spinning and bobbing in.
It will not easily or wishfully go away, and at this time we are and will be, facing severe repercussions for wicked choices made by governments, banking systems and yes religious institutions.
All three can do good things, but many currently have chosen the ways of corruption, selfish ambition, deceptive story telling and above all, the giving away of their heart and minds to the god of this world.
A god who traps its victims with promises of greater power, influence, and an adoring mass of lesser gifted humans who are expected to give homage without asking questions.
These pressures and practices can tear at the soul of the discerning hearts who see more than the handwriting on the wall. They know, regardless of a solid stance of Faith in God’s providence and care — that something is very very wrong and, it is escalating.
The Fear and Hollow Ache Within Your Heart
Many are panicking and poring over every website and news bulletin to see if there are falsities that they can catch and prove in the wrong, or truths that they can exploit. Neither of these will help.
And, the fear mongers believe that we all must be totally obsessed and baptized in fear by pouring it out to their audiences.
They will feed the panic and give power to the spirit of terror that is looming large and with insidious precision.
Where do apparent Bible believers get reliable information to nourish their fears? From you and me. We do it to each other all the time.
Why do we deliver information to our brother or sister that will feed his or her fears?
The First Cause of Fear is the Fear of Losing Playthings and Safety
We believe that “my God shall supply all your needs,” but our old nature cannot believe that, especially when we hear news from worldly sources telling us someone is trying to take our toys and life resources away from us.
When we give place to fear, and feast on it, feed it, and pass it on to other people, we are boldly denying that Christ will be our supplier.
If you have a belief concerning death, the end of the world, or the ultimate destiny of humankind that has no hope, no light, and you have the Church headed straight into a train wreck instead of looking at the light at the end of the tunnel, you are WICKED.
If all you do is sit around and talk with wide-eyed terror about the New World Order, the crash of the banks, the collapse of the dollar, and the concentration camps and micro chips getting ready for us you’re not only feeding fear, you also are a promoter and preacher of it.
Harsh words? No.
Honest words intended to get you to shake off morbid living and to decide to truly serve the LIVING GOD or serve — Fear.
What Fear is…
Fear is a harsh and wicked taskmaster.
Fear will not let you sleep well at night.
Fear brings condemnation and shame.
Fear causes hoarding and secret self-protections.
Fear will make you betray others to hide and protect your way of living and your opinions.
Fear will join with accusation and destroy safe relationships, by isolating you.
Fear is a liar and gathers clusters of other tormenting spirits to join with it.
Fear creates excitement for those who use it as a tool to gain attention or — control.
Jesus Has Taken Care of His Bride for Over 2000 Years
He is still doing so, and will never ever stop!
Know this ! The light of Christ that shines in very dark times is the ONLY light that is available.
I say this because this light is on “until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.” The light of prophecy is the light at the end of the tunnel of human history, and that light is a person:
“I Jesus have sent my angel to testify to you, these things in the churches.I AM the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.”Revelation 22:16.
So, the darker it is, the more blessed that light is.
The stars shine at night, not during the daylight.
Light a candle in a room that has many lamps on, and no one will notice, but strike the smallest match you can find in a totally blacked out room, and every eye will be on that light!
Why Are Our Eyes, and Mouth Fixated With How Exceedingly Dark It is?
1 Thessalonians 5 says.
“You are all the children of light, And the children of the day. We are not of the night, Nor of darkness.”
What to Do Now
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,” Philippians 4:6-7.
Tell me, what good is it to obsess or prepare to survive the coming crash or doom if you end up living a stressed and tormented life over it?
You’re afraid because you don’t think God can handle your situation.
You’re afraid you are going to die, you are afraid you’re going to get sick, you’re afraid your kids are going to get hurt, you’re afraid the roof is going to fall in, you’re afraid the demons are going to get you!
Whatever it is, it comes from two things….
Number one: You have a guilty conscience.
Number two: You have weak faith in God.
You can deal with both of those.
Have a guilty conscience?
Confess your sin and get it all cleaned out.
Get your Bible open and read what God says about Himself and learn to trust Him…. and pray.
“For the Spirit, which God has given us, Is not a spirit of cowardice. But one of power and of love and of sound judgment,” 2 Timothy 1:7.
Faith Obeys God in Spite of Circumstances or Consequences
Fear can creep into the hearts of the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the most educated and the least educated, the powerful and the powerless.
What can one do to be freed of fear?
Faith is not afraid of what others may say or do.
An Elijah complex can rob you of power and joy, so beware! Elijah went from victory to defeat, because he started walking by sight and not by faith.
He believed the wicked queen Jezebel’s words but not God’s Word, and he forgot how God had cared for him for three and a half years.
Fear replaced faith, and he ran for his life. We need to obey the words,
“Do not be afraid; only believe…” (Mark 5:36).
Faith and fear are opposites, and yet, strange to say, they are often found dwelling within the same person; but where one is forceful the other is undeveloped.
The constant attitude of the Christian must and needs to be,
“Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For The LORD GOD is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation, (Isaiah 12:2).
WHAT OUGHT TO BE, AND WHAT ACTUALLY IS…
ARE TWO VERY DIFFERENT THINGS.
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You, (Psalm 56:3).
However, when the grace of faith is in practice, its verbal communication will be:
One thing that must be addressed as well is the situation where there are believers who are currently in trauma, loss, or who are persevering through very difficult and possibly harrowing situations.
Very often those who have a shallow development of the fruit of Mercy and attributes of discernment are often found to spout out well rehearsed “shotgun lines” of scripture at those who are in the throws of battle and sorrow.
THIS IS NOT OK! It shows a great lack of genuine Christian Character and even worse, a lack of the nature of Christ.
The following verse will clear up any religious sputtering about this, and hopefully bring a nice bit of conviction to the legalistic and hardhearted.
So those of us who have a strong [faith] must be patient with the weaknesses of those whose [faith] is not so strong. We must not think only of ourselves. (Romans 15:1)
Jesus Stood up in the Storm and spoke PEACE.
He did not scold and hammer away at the frighten men in the boat with him. He did not shame them with a tone of superiority or condescending blather when he said, “Why do you struggle with trusting Me (faith) to take care of you?”
He used moments of doubt and fearfulness all throughout the bible as teaching moments, to disciple His beloved children.
We too — can learn from this. It will be much needed in the days ahead.
Let’s Pray Together and Be Free From Fear
Dear Jesus Christ,
I know that all power and authority on Heaven and Earth belongs to You alone. I come to You today, asking for supernatural divine deliverance from fear.
I am facing numerous issues that are scaring me, sometimes tormenting me!
I ask you right now Jesus, in faith and with all of my existence, please, please deliver me from all fear. I gave You my soul when I became a Christian.
So right now, I choose to symbolically, hand literally hand you my problems, my fears.
I pray, Jesus take these fears, and strengthen me against them! Protect me from every lie of the enemy that has come my way trying to deceive me.
You have told me: “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid,” (John 14:27).
Right now, I give it all to You Jesus. Please deal with these fears for me.
In the name of Jesus Christ the Son of God almighty, I renounce Satan and all of his lies that are trying to make me afraid!
I pray that you LORD would bind every enemy and spirit of fear attempting to operate in my life and rebuke it! Protect me from it!
LORD Jesus, please also help me recognize if there is something that I am doing to allow fear to manipulate me.
Please let me know if there is something wrong that needs to change.
Please let me know if there is something in my environment or home, that is causing my mind to have fearful reactions.
Help us, O Heavenly Father, to dwell not on our fears, but on who you are. We can conqueror our fears only by focusing on you. Then no matter what is the cause of our fears, they will dissipate like the morning fog.
This we ask in the name of Him who overcame all of His fears by fixing his eyes on You and You alone. Amen
Thank You! Amen!
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.