There is great temptation these days to succumb to fear and anxiety. Yet, Scripture tells us repeatedly not to fear. Isaiah 35:4, John 14:27, Joshua 1:9 and Matthew 6:34, are just a handful of examples of YHVH’s teaching on fear. We know that YHVH does not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and self-discipline (2 Tim 1:7). So when trouble seems to loom ahead or is already in our midst, how do we combat those anxious thoughts and feelings that arise?
Our tendency is to tackle the job in the physical realm. This is a mistake. Even though our problems are in the physical realm, their source is from the spiritual realm. The following analogy may help to better illustrate. Athletes regularly review videos of past games in order to discover what works well and what skills or strategies still need to be honed. Even though the video reflects what happened during the game, the problems cannot be fixed by editing the video. Our physical realm is a video or mirror image of what is happening behind the scenes, that is the spiritual realm (Heb 8:5, 1 Cor 13:12). In order to make effective changes in the physical realm, we have to address the issues in the spiritual realm.
For decades, perhaps centuries, many people have tried to solve the Middle East crisis on the physical level. There have been numerous treaties, division of land, wars, and discussions. None of these attempts has been able to resolve the conflicts. YHVH shows us how He handles the situation. Prime candidates for terror are experiencing life-changing dreams or visions of Yeshua. Once these individuals discover Yeshua, their lives are transformed. Instead of attacking their enemies, they are praying for the salvation and welfare of their enemies! YHVH is battling in the spiritual realm to resolve terrorism and His work produces everlasting results.
Yeshua came to the earth the first time and demonstrated by signs and wonders in the physical realm that He is the Messiah. His followers were disappointed and even disillusioned to discover that He did not mean to physically attack the Romans, the physical enemies of that time. Instead, Yeshua attacked a much more dangerous enemy in the spiritual realm and wrought for all humans a much greater triumph with eternal implications.
Many of Yeshua’s followers today realize that the true battleground is in the spiritual realm and are now publicly engaged in intercession , worship, repentance and reconciliation with others. In July, evangelical Christians gathered around the Washington Monument to seek YHVH’s help in breaking racism.* Breaking Christian News recently reported that 1,000 “Native American Indian tribes from the United States and Canada collectively forgave the U.S. government for breaking treaties with their ancestors during a public ceremony on the National Mall.”** There is great power in forgiving others and releasing them from debt. “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” (Matt 6:12).
A number of us have experienced the power of forgiveness on a more personal level. We have discovered that when we truly forgive individuals who have hurt us, amazing things happen. People who were estranged from us contact us seeking reconciliation. All we did was take our case to YHVH and tell Him that we forgave and released the person(s) from any debt owed to us. We did not disclose to anyone, not even the individuals we forgave, that we had taken such a step. Within a short time the physical realm reflected changes made in the spiritual realm.
When Yeshua returns, His job will be to complete the reconciliation and restoration that we have been addressing (Acts 3:21 NLT). Our adversary and any one cooperating with him want us to be divided and at odds with each other (John 10:10). Yeshua said that we would be known by our love for one another. We certainly want Yeshua to recognize us as His own when He returns. Judging or arguing with others stems from fear. Yeshua said that He would only recognize those who were reaching out in love to others. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matt 3:43-44). Does Yeshua recognize you as one of His sheep?
* Rees, Steve. ‘God break racism!’ Evangelicals on D.C. Mall pray for hope and reconciliation, The Washington Post, July 16, 2016
** Zauzmer, Julie, An Kirkland and Michelle Boorstein. “Must Read! Native Americans are ‘Spiritual Sleeping Giants Awakened’ after Incredible Prophetic Act in Washington: “May Go Down as One of the Most Important Days in American History,” Breaking Christian News, Oct. 27, 2016, http://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=19576