Monday, Jul 27, 2015

Are You Terrorized by Terror?

How to Protect Your Heart from Terrorism

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

It’s in the air. This monstrous beast called terrorism. We sense it all around us. We feel it in our bones. We watch it every night on the evening news.

If we let it, it will paralyze us emotionally, psychologically, and physically.

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And that’s precisely its goal.

The purpose of terrorism is to instill terror in the hearts of men. Whether it succeeds or not is up to us.

Terror is a form of control. But it is only outward control. Terror can never control your heart unless you allow it to do so. 

There is a place in you called the “inner sanctum”.  According to the Oxford Dictionary, the term derives its name from the same phrase which refers to “the most sacred place in a temple or church.”  In the human being, the inner sanctum is a place that no one can touch. It is the place where you and God meet and which no one else can penetrate without your permission.

The inner sanctum is your heart.

Outside forces can destroy your body without your permission, but no force in the universe can destroy your inner sanctum or heart without your permission.

Jesus said it best: “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body ;
they cannot touch your soul.” ~ Matthew 10:28

Terror is the opposite of love. Terror is a form of fear, and God has said this: “There is no fear in love” (I John 4:18). In other words, when love reigns in the heart, terror cannot overtake the heart.

Terror can overpower physically, but terror will never overpower love because terror is inferior to love.  Love is the greatest power of all. Terror and terrorism will one day fail, but love will never fail (I Corinthians 13:8).

Let, therefore, the love of Jesus Christ rule in your heart. When you do, there will be no room for terror.

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