I grew up long before politcal correctness was even invented.
And I grew up in a very rural area.
So this is the 70s!
I don’t live there anymore and today, I am surrounded by black people – thank GOD! – and I love them, I even feel more comfortable and cozy around most of them than around most white people – I now feel I have forewarned you enough, because what I am now going to tell you about my childhood is absolutely not politically correct, but I hope that you will bear with me, because I have a point to make with this…
We used to play a game as children and I am not joking when I tell you what it was called:
It was called “Who is afraid of the Black Man?”
I just did some research about it and it is actually still being played today in some European countries and of course, there are many critical voices regarding this and rightly so, I absolutely agree with them, it is a shame to play this game and to plant fear of “the Black Man”.
Even though it was “only a game”, I can remember that I was afraid and I never liked it much, this game.
And “the Black Man” was not necessarily a Black African person with dark skin, but also someone who worked in a coalmine and came out black from there…
For me personally, I didn’t even understand racism when I was little and for me, this “Black Man” was a big “Shadow person” that I was afraid of, someone evil that you need to run away from (which is exactly what you are supposed to do in the game, it is a catching game!), I probably perceived this so called “Black Man” more like something supernatural, I would even say I believed it was the devil, because I was really scared of him and tried to avoid having to play this game.
What I am getting at is that fear is planted in every child on the planet at a very early age, regardless where we grow up.
Fear is part of games, of stories, of movies – today even more so than when I was a kid! The children today are even more exposed to fear and violence than we were…there are different ways, but we are all taught to fear.
In fact, fear it is part of every educational system, teachers and even parents do it when they are not able to control or discipline their children intelligently, they threaten that they would call some “punisher”, who can have different names and shapes, some even threaten with GOD – or they threaten to punish them in other ways or they even beat them and thus implant the fear of physical punishment in them.
Of course, that is wrong.
At least in my opinion.
But it is how we all have been raised, schooled and parented.
To fear someone or something.
And fear is such a great massive “driver”/ motivator in our societies.
Billions are made by businesses which feed off fear.
Look at the insurance field for instance.
I am not condemning anyone who feels the need to insure themselves or something they own, there are even mandatory insurances nowadays, in some countries, you are obliged to have health insurance, in most countries you have to have car insurance when you own a car… and there are new kinds of insurance policies coming out all the time, for example did we not have all the different ways to insure our pensions or our old age savings a few years ago…
Every single kind of insurance is based on some kind of fear.
Fear that something would break, that something would be stolen, that something would not be enough…
That’s not what GOD tells us to do, to care, to worry or to fear.
Me, I don’t have any insurances.
I am happy to be living in a country where I don’t have to have health insurance, because I don’t go to doctors, have not been to a doctor in more than 10 years (except dentist, but I consider them more mechanics or cosmetics than doctors 😉 ) and that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been ill!
I am also not saying this to boast, but to say that there is another way and another force, another “driver” for our lives, the opposite to fear and the contrary of fear and it is:
I may be radical in your eyes, but what would I tell MY GOD, who has promised to protect me, to provide for me, to heal me, to feed me and to take care of ALL my needs, what do I say to HIM when I sign all these insurance papers?
Or when I am afraid all the time?
HE tells me not to worry about anything and then, if I do, am I not in some way or to some amount calling HIM a liar?
To take this even further, if I don’t do what HE says and seek HIS kingdom first, am I not disobeying HIM and will that not mean that “these things” will not be added unto me by HIM?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
These are just the small, everyday things… like I said, I don’t mean to criticize anyone, it is just that I have found for me, for my life, the more faith I have, the more I can trust MY FATHER that HE will provide, that HE will take care of me, the better my life becomes.
It is true!
And then, when I consider what has happened to me, all the enemy has tried to do to me…
I was sharing some of it recently with a sweet lady from my church, she seems to have a calling to care for women who have been mistreated and I shared a lot with her, I don’t normally do that, but I could feel her compassion and love and I felt comfortable to tell her things I have not told anyone before…
When she heard my story, she asked me something which really surprised me and it made me realize how blessed I truly am, how shielded, protected and loved I am by MY FATHER.
She asked me how I overcame my fear of the devil and my fear of the black magic and of all the witchcraft and of the wizard who has been trying to kill me.
And while I overcame my surprise about this question and was looking for an answer, I realized that I had never really been afraid of them, of him…
Don’t get me wrong, I have seen the devil himself, face to face, have looked him straight in the eye, he has appeared to me, spoken to me.
I have seen the devil and his “entities” a lot more than I have seen GOD or JESUS – I wish I had a visible reference or a story to tell where JESUS appeared to me in the flesh, in fact, I am praying that this will happen in my life one day, it would be so marvelous!, but it hasn’t happened to me so far…
I had visions, yes, I heard GOD speak to me in different ways, yes, but HE hasn’t visited me in the same ways and most definitely not as often as the devil and his “staff” has.
And yet, I knew all the way ever since I got saved, that there is nothing to be afraid of!
Yes, you heard me.
There is absolutely no need to be afraid of the devil or of anything he could do.
He CAN do a lot of freaky, scary stuff, I am telling you!
And before I got saved, I remember that I was afraid a few times.
And the devil is scary, yes.
But not when you look at him more closely.
When you look at him more closely, all he is is a loser and a liar.
And the more you look at him, the less you will fear him – I can almost say that I pity him and his cohorts for where they are headed…
And then, there is GOD.
Ever since I have understood the truth of who HE IS, I know that there was nothing to be afraid of.
All the devil can possibly ever do, all of it, regardless what it is, everything he does is under the permission of GOD.
Only because GOD allows it, can he even attack us at all!
And only as long as GOD allows it can he do anything to us.
Look at Job… the devil needs permission from GOD to even touch us!
And for me personally, I know that I would be long dead by now if it had been up to the devil and his agents, especially up to the wizard who has been trying to kill me for many years.
But GOD wants me here and alive.
And HE keeps telling the devil “No!” and I am aware of that, because I learned enough from THE HOLY SPIRIT to know what they are doing, that they are sending curses, spells, dreams, spirits, darkness, sickness, misfortune – everything you could possibly imagine!
And yet, I am still alive and even more or less ok… yes, there is room for improvement in many areas of my life, but when you consider what I have been through and how many efforts the enemy took to destroy me or make me give up – and MY GOD helped me through every single one of them and HE will keep doing that for the rest of my life…
So of whom or of WHAT should I be afraid?
If I was living in the world, I would be absolutely terrified!
And I can understand the question from someone who has not seen what I have seen, even if they are a believer.
This is why I consider myself so blessed!
Because someone who has not been attacked like me, they may know that there is no reason to be afraid when you are a child of GOD, but they probably know this more theoretically… and there may be moments when fear can get the better of them, when they will be scared before they can remember who their GOD, who OUR GOD truly IS.
And I am not excluding that I will ever be afraid for a short moment in my life ever again, that’s probably going to happen – but other than people who have not really SEEN any horror in their lives, me, I KNOW that I would be DEAD if it wasn’t for GOD!
And that makes a big difference, when you know with all you are how mighty and BIG OUR GOD is and when you have seen his power, there is not much that could really scare you.
And I am grateful for this.
Grateful for my testimony.
Even grateful for my past, for the horror I had to go through.
Without these horrific experiences, I would not be who I am today, would not have the FAITH I have today.
And I would be afraid of many things, especially after all the horror and all the violence I have seen.
But when you really, really follow this thought until the end, what can they really do to us?
They can hurt us, yes, even kill us physically, yes, but the fear of death is even one of the greatest lies of the enemy, don’t you think?
And there are great inspirational examples of Martyrs in the bible… the bible even tells us that there will come a time when we will be prosecuted for our faith and when we may have to chose to die for it. And sadly enough, this is a dangerous reality in some countries of our world, even today!, where people have to hide their beliefs, meet secretly in house churches and where they have to split up as soon as their congregations grow bigger than 10 members, because if they became too large, they would draw too much attention towards themselves…
I don’t know if I would be as courageous as they are or as Steven or as Shadrach, Mesach and Abednego – I hope I would actually! – and if you really think it through, there is no other option, but we who don’t have to be ready to die for our faith, we don’t normally think about these things and I think we have to be thankful that we can (still) practice our faith freely and openly, at least within our churches.
But when we consider that the devil operates with the fear of death a lot, it really makes his entire argument seem quite ridiculous, doesn’t it?
I mean, he has no power over death or over what happens after – he can’t even kill us when GOD decides that it is not our time yet – me, I am a living witness for that – and there are countless accounts of it in the bible as well!
Plus, I am not even afraid to die.
Not since I got saved and since I know that I will be going to heaven , will be going “home” to live with GOD for eternity…
When I think of what they can really do to me, the more I think about it, the more I know that there is no reason to be afraid.
Actually, if I could make a suggestion or recommendation regarding fear or if you ask me about my fear, I would say that I fear GOD and recommend that we ALL do.
And I am saying this to my offenders, who will have to face HIM and HIS judgment one day, but also to us, to you and me, because the bible says that the fear of GOD is the beginning of wisdom and I think this is a very good advice for everyone!
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Now that is something to be afraid of.
It is just like with everything else:
only GOD has the truth, the real deal, the original.
And all the devil has is a cheap copy.
Yes, he can do stuff to us, but nothing can take away GOD’s love or GOD’s promises from us, nothing and no one.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
I hope and pray that this would inspire, heal and bless you and that THE LORD will bless you abundantly in all areas of your life, that HE will keep you and shine HIS face upon you and give you peace. In JESUS’ name I pray. AMEN.