Do You Live in Fear?
Yesterday as I awoke to the news about the Las Vegas mass shooting, my heart completely broke. My heart broke for those that lost their lives, for their family and friends that are left behind, for those injured, and my heart especially broke for those that have not placed their hope in Jesus.
We know that from the beginning in the Garden of Eden evil has surrounded us (Genesis 3:1-7), but even before Adam and Eve, was the fall of Lucifer, the angel. Isaiah speaks in 14:12-15,
“How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations! For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet you shall be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”
Pride and selfishness is nothing new to Satan, and he is out seeking whom he can devour. As a nation that is overcome with pride and selfishness with no regard for a human life and that has fallen further from the Lord, we are divided now more than ever and Satan is succeeding in his destruction.
I have never experienced a mass shooting or a terroristic situation, so I can’t and don’t want to attempt to think I know how someone in that situation feels. But, I have dealt with tragedy in my life that was caused by evil and that is what I want to talk about today.
Do You Live in Fear?
My mom has two sisters. Growing up, her youngest sister, Bobbi and her family lived across the street from us. If you ask anyone today that knew us both, they will tell you I am a lot like her. She loved people and she loved being involved with her community. Our family was in the restaurant business and she was the face everyone recognized. If you knew her, you adored her. As I got older, we became closer.
When I was sixteen and she was only thirty-five, evil took her from us. On Tuesday night, July 16, 1996, the course of our family forever changed. You see, someone came into my aunt’s home and murdered her with her eight-month-old son at home with her. It wasn’t until my brother, uncle, and nephew came home from playing volleyball that they found her upstairs. To this day, the case has not been solved. My uncle served time for conspiracy of murder, but the murderer is still roaming. Please know that you are getting a very short snippet to a very long, in-depth story that I don’t have time to go into through a blog. But what I really want you to see is that in the midst of tragedy and fear, you can find freedom and peace.
Do You Live in Fear?
It is so easy to let anger and fear creep into our minds and our lives. For the longest time, I would not go into my house alone and everywhere I would go I would wonder if the suspect was around me. As I got older and began to live on my own, I knew I had two choices in the midst of this tragedy...live my life in fear or trust my life to the one who created me. I finally realized more than ever that we all have an appointed time that we will be called to our eternal home, and I knew mine was heaven. I was determined to not let Satan steal from me the joy that the Lord had filled me. I would literally talk to myself as I would turn the key into my home where I lived alone, “Lord, I am yours and you are with me, I will not fear!”
Although I will never understand the cause of this tragedy, and I will always wonder what life would be like with my aunt Bobbi here today (knowing we would be the best of friends), I have to trust that we have not received closure for a reason. When I stand face to face before the Father, and I am reunited with my precious aunt, all will be perfect!
These are scary times that we are living in and I don’t understand all the evil in the world. What I do know is that we have a good Father who’s promises are the only thing true that we can stand on. Just as Audra wrote about yesterday, we have to take our thoughts captive. When we begin to become fearful, we must hide His Word in our hearts and speak back against Satan. Ultimately he is the one who is causing the fear in the first place.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places - Ephesians 6:12
This life is just a vapor, just a snap shot of what eternity holds for us. If you have not placed your hope and trust in Jesus, and you have not made Him Lord of your life, I pray that you will reach out to someone, even one of us on the blog. When you are a child of God, there is no reason to fear.
Does what happened yesterday in Las Vegas make you fearful? Are you waiting for the next tragedy to strike? What is it that you need to lay at the feet of Jesus so you can have peace in your life? Where do you need to release control?
Do You Live in Fear?
Today I leave you with some scripture and a song:
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
Our worship team sang this song Sunday. I didn't realize it would be my anthem on Monday.
Watch "It Is Well" by Bethel Music here
Laura is a pastor's wife, mom to two crazy fun kids, part-time marketing director, loves hanging out in her community and building relationships...oh and loves to laugh!