Recently I decided to stop reading news headlines and as much as possible avoid the outrageous events and sound bites that permeate the internet. What brought me to this point? Anxiety and fear.
I was becoming fearful of the future, fearful of our government, fearful of people and just plain fearful. As I was praying about this, the Holy Spirit told me to stop listening to the world and to pay attention to what He says.
When I first pondered not listening to the news, relief washed over me. Then fear arose and told me that I need to know what is going on. How could I plan for the future or know what was going to happen? I began debating the merits of listening to the Holy Spirit, can I trust God? Will I know what to do when I need to do it? As if we have any control over anything anyway!!! At the moment this debate was going on in my head, I read Philippians 4:8-9 which says:
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on those things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Immediately several things jumped out at me. First, the news from most news sources these days is not considered noble, just, pure or lovely. There is also some debate as to whether the news is true and of good report. Secondly, Paul says that if we focus on the things he mentions in Philippians 4:8-9, the God of peace WILL be with us. So, why would I not want to just jump off the news bandwagon and dive headfirst into the Word of God? I want the God of peace to be with me.
I spend a lot of time with the Lord and love His Word so for me to even have fear-based thoughts of not listening or reading the news was interesting to me. I realized that the desire for control or the illusion of control was the only reason I wanted to be informed.
The Holy Spirit gave me a vision that really freed me from ‘needing to know or be in control’. I was in a boat and attempting to lift my 85 lb dog to dry land. She did not want to be picked up so she was squirming and wanting down, at 85 lbs that is a lot of dog to hold. The Holy Spirit told me that I was like my squirmy dog. He was trying to hold on to me and get me to a safe, peaceful place but I was fighting Him. If you have ever tried to hold a squirmy dog or child you can relate!
The Holy Spirit showed me that peace is the
P – Perfect
E – Everlasting
A – Adoration of
C – Christ
E – Eternal
We are to keep our minds focused on things above and not the things of this world (Colossians 3:2). We are to believe in what we cannot see rather than what is right in front of us. (Hebrews 11:1-3). Romans 12:2 says that we are not to be conformed to this world but rather be transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we will know the perfect will of God. This does not sound like anything on any news source I have been reading or watching.
As I meditated on these scriptures the Holy Spirit showed me that truth is
T – Timely,
R – Relevant and
U – Unpopular
T – To
H – Hear.
What we hear and see on most media outlets is not The Truth. The only Truth is the Word of God. Jesus says in John 8:31-32 that if we abide in His Word, we shall know the truth and the truth shall make us free. Proverbs 12:17 says that he who speaks truth declares righteousness and in v 19 the truthful lip will be established forever but a lying tongue is for a moment. Solomon goes on to say in Proverbs 12:22 that lying lips are an abomination to the Lord but those who deal truthfully are His delight.
When we speak The Truth, we are bringing Heaven to earth and furthering God’s Kingdom. It may not be popular but The Truth has never been popular. When the world rejects us, they are rejecting our Heavenly Father (1 Samuel 8:7, Luke 10:16). When we speak the Truth and are ridiculed, we are in great company.
As believers, our Truth is not of this world. We can choose to be the squirmy dog trying to escape from certain disaster or we can relax and let our Savior carry us along in these turbulent times.
Let’s choose the Truth,
T – To
R – Really
U – Understand and
T – Take to
H – Heart
His truth will last forever. Let us worship at His holy temple and praise His name because He is lovingkindness and Truth and He magnifies His word above His name (Psalm 138:2).
This is the only Truth leads to
P – Perfect
E – Everlasting
A – Adoration
C – Christ
E – Eternal.
He is the King of kings and the Lords of lords. He is the Alpha and Omega is the Author and Finisher of our faith, He is the Beginning and the End. He is our Savior and Redeemer. He is peace and truth. He is Jesus!
Now, why was I concerned about not watching the news?
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