Finding peace in a troubled world

By Joan Clayton

We have been hit with home mortgage failures, bank problems, high gasoline prices, a big increase for food and did I mention corporate trouble? Bad news seems to dominate the media and one might get a little depressed about all the wrongdoing across the planet.

How about other crises such as illness, old age, death, or accidents? Someone asked, “Is it healthy to be alive?”

Fear is the most destructive force I know. It paralyzes and torments and its grip literally drains life away. Fear robs peace, sleep and joy of daily living. Anytime fear attacks be assured it is not of God. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV).

Remember where fear comes from: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10-10).

In overcoming fear in these troubling times I believe the following concepts will help us:

1. Know God has a plan for your life. You are wanted and loved for he wants the highest good for you. He is always mindful of you. You are important to him. If indeed, he watches over the sparrow, please know he watches over you.

2. God has an investment in you. He loved you so much he sent Jesus to die for you. Knowing this you can confidently say with the psalmist,” What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee” (Psalm 56:3).

3. Live one day at a time and live it to the fullest. Yesterday is gone along with its mistakes. Jesus takes care of today and tomorrow.
4. Settle your eternal destiny. Knowing you belong to him frees you from the bondage of fear.

5. Know nothing can happen to you today that Jesus and you cannot handle.

Underneath you are his everlasting arms.

6. Read God’s promises. His Word is filled with hope. I call it “feeding your faith.” God’s word does not return to him void. He is a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path. (Psalm 119:105). Find the promise that applies to your situation and memorize it. Let it sink way down into your spirit. Repeat it out loud as many times as it takes to take root.

7. Pray. God’s telephone number is Jeremiah 33:3. “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not!”

8. Trust in the Lord. Trusting in him cancels out fear. Those who put their trust in the Lord shall be safe. (Proverbs 29:25)

9. Meet your fear head on. Refuse to cower to it. Ephesians 6:14-17 instructs the believer about the weapons to use when dwelling with fear.

10. Praise God in any situation you find yourself. Thank him for working all things for your good for a total victory in your life.

The Bible tells us to not be anxious in anything. So why waste time being fearful?

Sing praises. Shout the victory. Anything is better than living and walking in fear, besides that is an affront to a loving God.

When fear comes knocking at your door, hang out a sign that says, “Wrong Address. Faith Lives Here.” You will have won one more battle with the enemy and know the peace that passes all understanding.

We can conquer fear in a troubled world. Why? Because we have an anchor that is faithful and true.
His name is Jesus.

Portales resident Joan Clayton is a retired teacher and published author. Her e-mail address is: