Beloved, how is the news media impacting you; spirit, soul and body??
What I’ve seen from folks in my life, these news stories are all about igniting anger, outrage and fear. They don’t bring you peace, comfort; the sustenance and the succulence as does The Word and G-d’s Presence. Our thoughts are pondering the end result these stories in the news bring about in our lives. Jesus said in Matthew 7:16 (TPT) “You can spot them by their actions, for the fruits of their character will be obvious. You won’t find sweet grapes hanging on a thorn bush, and you’ll never pick good fruit from a tumbleweed”.
We’ve had questions about the temptation to somehow be drawn into these news stories, baited by the banners and how they can actually spiritually impact us by their repetitive nature, which is a mind renewal strategy that cultivates belief. It’s the same way meditations use repetition; learning uses repetition. But the media is using this for the negative not for the positive. And the fear mongering approach that many of these stories possess and how that trickles into our soul, (our minds, wills and emotions), manifesting as stress, and stress affects our biology. Since we are spiritual Beings we have to be more mindful about what temptation looks like in its subtlest forms. Our food, our strength, our fruitfulness comes from our being now bound to Christ and how we draw our life from Him and His Word, like a holy umbilical cord. He is the Vine and we are His branches, we draw our only digestible Life giving sap from Him, His Word, from our conversations that are heart to heart with Him daily, in order to be fruitful in life (John 15:) .
So if the news reports don’t provide us with more of Him and His Life, which we are now dependent upon receiving from Him as Spiritual Beings, then we are to pull ourselves away and don’t dwell on these reports. Be informed and updated without being emotionally manipulated. Step back emotionally, guard your heart with all diligence, because from your heart flow all the issues of your life (Prov 4:23), and your heart is no place for the dark reports of our day. In Daniel 7:25, the prophecy speaks of the devil attempting to “wear down the saints”. You can see how even now he desires that the righteous be worn out as to bring on sickness from worry, to be worn out from the loss of sleep, so then we make poor choices and our choices set our course. The enemy desires that we be outraged because it chemically alters our biology. Our whole society has become outraged and ramped up. You can see what the enemy intends to do; he’s very sly. It’s better to meditate on G-d’s Presence and His gift of Peace then to be dragged by the back bumper of life by the roller coaster of these emotional manipulations. And we know that witchcraft has been defined as manipulation, intimidation and domination. Pray, to be lead by G-d who to vote for. If you’re a Sent One from G-d to work in the political arena, then you are also a carrier of the anointing and grace to do so. You are enabled to keep your heart and mind disciplined to not be drawn into the foolish arguments and the frenetic energy that causes people to be thrown off balance.
If you’ve been dragged into the enemies temptations, whether from family, friends, your work place, and you weren’t even aware of the ramifications of being in the wrong place or with the wrong people, just step back. There is a natural stress response in the body to fight, flight or to freeze, in cases of emergency. Prolonged exposure to these impacts our biology negatively, but G-d Who created the stress response also created us with a natural antidote called the Relaxation Response that follows a stress response if we give ourselves to it. To step back into G-d’s Presence. Go for a walk, contemplate, reflect upon G-d’s Greatness. Think on how G-d has unfolded all of history and the future which is even now in His Hands…the hands of Love. And remember He is The Almighty One, there is no one greater than Him. Cultivate inward relaxation, inward peace so that no matter where you go or who radiates an aggressive energy, you can maintain your peace filled demeanor. Use a Meditation of seeing Luke 4:29-30 (AMP) “and they got up and drove Him (Jesus) out of the city, and led Him to the crest of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to hurl Him down the cliff. But passing [miraculously] through the crowd, He went on His way”.
In this example of meditation of releasing the fragrance of the Peace of Christ, remember to feel the Peace of Christ radiating through you and outward, that the promise in Isaiah 54:17 (AMP) “No weapon that is formed against you will succeed; And every tongue that rises against you in judgment you will condemn. This [peace, righteousness, security, and triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And this is their vindication from Me,” says the Lord. Remember that mediation is seeing the image, whispering the Promise or verse, and feeling the feeling. In this example we are using the feeling of radiating the Peace of Christ, the gift He has imparted within us.
We are reminding ourselves that the enemy wants to insult the Lord through us, G-d’s Own beautiful children, by our needless worry, or needless outrage. What does Jesus say to do? Fear not, do not worry or do not be afraid, any form of these, are the most often made statements Jesus ever said. He also said to turn the other cheek when offended…bless, pray for, and leave room for G-d to respond.
Romans 12:19 (AMPC) “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for [God’s] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord”. Read Prov 3:3 – 8, and when you are free to look this passage up, especially meditate on verse 8 which says “It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones”. And also observe how this chapter of Proverbs 3 starts with Lean on and Trust in the Lord with all your heart…telling us not to lean on our own limited, very limited capacity for insight and understanding. We are always to pray and meditate on G-d’s Word, The Truth, communing with Him in Prayer, sharing our hearts openly in child like trust, humbly and lovingly…and He will direct our path…which is always the path of Peace.
Another thought prompted us in prayer for you: Be the one who breathes deeply. Shallow breathing is stress breathing. Be mindful to stretch your muscles, release any tensions and think on the praiseworthy and the good report…which is rarely found on the news, or from lost family members, co-workers/society. We are of no use to the Lord, ramped up, sick and wearied by worry, fear, doubt, unbelief. But walking detached from this world, unplugged from the frenetic energy which I believe is meant to drain all mortals…we, who are now spiritual Beings need to draw our sustenance by being plugged in to His Presence and stay plugged in and to walk in His Wisdom. So break into the Life Giving Bread of the Word of G-d in Proverbs daily. And the Breath of G-d, the Spirit of Truth will refresh us in His Holy Wisdom.
We are awakening more and more to the reality of the chasm that is forming between those of the Faith, and those who are of the world. We see we are not of this world and Jesus prayed that we would be protected from the evil one. In John 17:15,16 Jesus praying to the Father, said: “I do not ask that You will take them out of the world, but that You will keep and protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world (worldly, belonging to the world), [just] as I am not of the world”.
His prayer was to protect us from the schemes, the temptations of the enemy and that sometimes shows up when we are baited into arguing with the TV’s, the news radio programs, the relatives who are lost and the co-workers who are incited by the enemy to torment the soul of the righteous. Yet they do not possess the foggiest idea of what Truth is. All these can not hear our voice, or even recognize the truth. Jesus said in John 14:17 (AMPC) “The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you”. Jesus also said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. He said this from the Cross He was being crucified on…(Luke 23:34)
Temptations are so enticing, so tempting. Deception is so very deceptive. It’s so easy to be convinced, wooed and won over to something we shouldn’t do, say or act like. So meditate on the Truth and walk in true freedom from worry, fear.
Think upon how G-d is over all and in all and is working in our midst, working all things together for our good and for His glory. Let Him see our faith and be delighted. Let Him hear our joy filled worship that fills His heart with our love and devotion to Him and to His Holy ways. Know that we are here praying for you.
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