Today, so much of what is deemed film and television entertainment is solely based on fear and violence. We have taken cinematic fear and violence for granted for so long that, they have become an integral part of our daily experience while increasingly becoming more grotesque. These images slowly seep their poison into our minds, skewing our reality.
The concept of Halloween or Hallows Eve, is based on the promotion of fear. Fear of all things dead, dying, treacherous and evil. As Christians, we understand that fear is the absence or denial of God’s Love within the lives of humanity; lives filled without compassion, kindness, or love towards others. Quite frankly, an environment or life without God is completely fear-filled. It is understood that fear is also the absence of humanity’s love; the trepidation we experience when we have no love for a person, action, or activity we are about to undertake or experience. It is the precise feeling we often get when we act irrational or without thinking. It can govern our actions, unleash immorality, and create consequences that far outweigh our moral resolve.
What if every time you felt fearful, you called on the Holy Spirit for guidance to walk through your fear? What if you could somehow recognize His Love and Light in the presence of your fear? How do you think it would make you feel?
Fear takes on many forms; from actual enemies targeting us, to negative perceptions plaguing us. When we call on the Power of God to alleviate our fears, we create a major paradigm shift in our perception. God has already given us all that we need to conquer our fears —the power to seek Him. In today’s text, the Bible says, He has given us Power, Love, and a Sound Mind to conquer fear.
Today is a brand new day! Dismiss the wicked, the violent, the fearful, and the grotesque! Instead, ask the Holy Spirit for guidance to conquer any fears that you may be harboring, which blocks your attainment of God's Plan for your best life. L.
Study Reference: 2 Timothy 1:7
Excerpt from: "Hallows Eve." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living.
Copyright © 2014 by Lavona E. Campbell
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