by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

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

The recent and sudden explosion of terrorism both in our country and around the world has incited unprecedented fear in the hearts of countless people. Where once we lived in relative peace, now we face the possibility of being killed just by shopping at our local mall or by opening our daily mail.

Where once we walked freely, now we walk with guarded steps. Where once we trusted our neighbor, now we look on him as a potential enemy. Perhaps for the first time in our lives, we have been forced, both as a nation and as individuals, to come face to face not only with our vulnerability but also with our mortality.

In the midst of this mélange of pregnability and peril, God commands us not to fear. Indeed, the command, “Fear not!” appears at least 111 times in the Holy Bible. Obviously, God wants to make sure we get the message. But how can one obey this command when everything around us incites us to fear?

First of all, let us remember that God never commands us to do something that is impossible for us to do. If He did, He would be unjust and we would have reason to complain. Therefore, if God commands us not to fear, then we are able to obey His command.

How? you may be asking. Perhaps this explanation will give you insight. Fear is an emotion, and emotions can be controlled by the will. Resisting fear boils down to making a decision to resist fear.

For instance, when fear tries to keep you from venturing beyond your four walls, venture anyway. When fear tries to keep you from taking a trip, take the trip anyway. When fear tries to keep you from flying, fly anyway.

While fear is an emotion, courage is a choice. Choices are made by the will. When fear attacks your emotions, your will can override the fear by a simple and determined choice to refuse to fear. Bottom line, we must decide whether fear will control us or whether we will control fear.

Confronting fear and taking action against it will cure fear. The Bible tells us that “God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). By this verse we know that fear does not come from God. If it doesn’t come from God, then it comes from Satan.

The opposite of fear is love. The Bible tells us that perfect, or mature, love casts outs fear (I John 4:18). The person who has learned to love is the person who walks free of fear. When you face fear, ask yourself “What is the loving thing to do right now?” Choosing the path of love will always dispel fear because love is more powerful than fear.

If fear has been threatening to rob you of your joy of living, don’t allow it to do so any longer. Face your fear and take the offensive against it. You will find that as you do the thing you fear, your fear will disappear. 

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Do you struggle with fear? If so, how do you deal with it?

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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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