Last night, as I was attempting to settle down for the evening, I started “scrolling” Facebook for a little bit. And —honestly—I was already in a little bit of a stressed, overwhelmed state of mind in that moment.
And then, just like that, as I was scrolling, I came across some news that affected me in a negative way…. and here comes “dread.”
I felt it.
I felt it hit me on the inside, almost a sick feeling.
And then I suddenly recognized what was happening…because the Lord helped me to stop and recognize it.
So here’s a reminder (to myself and to anyone who also needs a reminder)…
…that if the media starts making you feel stressed, worried, afraid, overwhelmed, rage, or “dread“…..
Put it down,
shut it off,
hand it over to God,
and remember what He’s promised in His Word.
Be strengthened in His Word!
This battle in the “media airwaves” is a battle for our minds, and it’s a battle for our peace.
“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
While we don’t have “control” over the battle that’s raging in the “earthly airwaves” right now, we can know that God is still in control of it all, He’s aware of it all, He knows what He’s doing, and there is much happening behind the scenes… no matter how it seems to be heading on the surface.
And here is the truth….
He has given us each control over our own mind.
So don’t let the enemy steal your peace.
Cling to His promise of peace! Don’t let it be stolen away, don’t just hand it over by agreeing with a lie, by believing a lie over what God has spoken in His Word.
Realize the attempt when it’s happening, turn your mind back to Almighty God, refuse to believe the lies, and stand firmly and fearlessly on the truth of God’s Word.
His Word clears it all up. ?☀️
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!“—Isaiah 26:3
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.“—Romans 12:2
And think about this…
If the enemy can do what he’s attempting to do with the words in a headline, in the words of a news report…
Just think about how much more POWERFUL God’s Word is.
There is no comparison!
For all power AND authority belong to Jesus! He is the Word!
Just think of how much MORE God’s Word is, in the midst of the “battle of the media airwaves”… so turn to His Word!
“Airwaves” is “radio frequencies used for broadcasting.”
Yes, the enemy is “broadcasting” a lot right now, but we can “broadcast” the LIGHT of God in this dark and fearful place.
And yes, the enemy may have a certain level of ‘power’ right now, and there may be certain “authorities” in “power” in certain levels…
but the enemy doesn’t have THE “authority”…..
ALL authority has been given to Jesus, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords!
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.“—Matthew 28:18
This is the truth…
“The One who comes from above is above all. The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks as one from the earth. The One who comes from heaven is above all.“—John 3:31
And He is the same God who chooses to live in you, and He chooses to live in me…
“And you have been made complete in Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.“—Colossians 2:10
“…far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.”—Ephesians 1:21
He’s with us, He dwells within us, and He gives us the power and authority that we need when we come up against something in our walk that we need to face.
He gives us what we need to be able to walk in VICTORY!
When we come under attack, when the enemy tries to pick a fight with us within our minds, within our lives….
He gives us our “roar” when a “wolf” jumps into our path–the “wolf” may be showing his teeth, he may be trying to intimidate us. But we’ll feel the “roar” begin to rise up in us—His roar—and we’ll have the victory! ?
We can stand on this truth in the Word…
“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.”—Luke 10:19
And we must remember…
“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 4:3-7
“But how do we not be anxious, God? The battle to resist is so hard sometimes.”
And He says,
“…by being in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving…. and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
How we need to have a sound mind in this time.
And while so much of this is outside of our control, our God is in control.
And we can remain strong and strengthened in Him through it all.
He has given us His Word to stand on, to remain in, and to speak into the “battle of the airwaves.”
Lord, thank You for being with us in all of this, and thank You for so faithfully reminding us of what is true…. help us to remember the power and the AUTHORITY of Your Word. Help us to stand, and to continue to stand, no matter what.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” – Ephesians 6:10-18
We may be in the midst of a battle in the “airwaves”…
But God has the final say, He has the final Word. ?☀️
Thank You, Father. ? You so clearly show us exactly what to do. And You so clearly tell us the way is really, truly is. Help our unbelief. Help us to trust and to know, and to grow in You, and give us the confidence and the strength we need to stand firmly in You. ☀️
As God’s “Children of Light”, may we fill these “airwaves” with the truth and light of the Word of God!