What fears are we facing?


It doesn’t matter who we are, what our status in life is, how well trained we are, how big we are, or how important we think we are, all of us carry some type of fear within us. No one is above being knocked off of the pedestal we put ourselves on. We need to remember what President Franklin D. Roosevelt told a hurting nation when he said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

This came in 1933 when the Great Depression had taken our nation into a downward spiral when President Roosevelt stood giving his inaugural address to this great country. He spoke to the people on a personal level and reminded them that the nation’s common difficulties concerned only material things.

Today aren’t we facing these same type fears? Most of us don’t think of fears from the level of a nation but we certainly face them from personal views. We tend to see our financial situations become less than where we want to be. We see our problems within our country and want to see them taken care of but we tend to put off the problems we face in our own family. In our nation we are looking for leaders that will stand up and take control yet we won’t even stand up or speak up when trouble looms in our own realm of society.

Our biggest problem is that we allowed the minority to speak up and speak out and eventually got God thrown out of our schools, businesses, government offices, and even some of our churches. But this isn’t the biggest problem we face. Our biggest problem lies within us because it has affected our families and our homes. It has affected us personally because we have allowed ourselves to be caught up in the woes of the world. When this happens we look to anyone and everyone to see who we can blame instead of accepting responsibility and making changes within ourselves. We establish a fear that something or someone will come crashing in on us because we feel inferior to them. This fear starts to rule our actions and decisions because we don’t want to make a mistake that would cause us to lose prestige among our peers. We are so into political correctness of the world that we leave Jesus out of our decisions.

President Roosevelt told the American people who were experiencing many difficulties during that time that the fear they faced was “nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance…They concern, thank God, only material things.”

Is our fear that we are facing today only material things? Are we looking at problems that really don’t exist? Are we hearing the problems and woes of others and letting their problems concern our values and ideas? Are we talking with Jesus on a daily basis and asking Him to help us through these times? Is our spiritualty at the level it should be?

Through God’s help and effective leadership America survived the Great Depression and then another World War. God is in control whether we want to acknowledge Him or not. He created each one of us and will take care of His people if we will look to Him for guidance and advice. He didn’t say that we would have a safe passage on earth but the ones that believe in Him and accept Him as their Lord and Savior will spend eternity with Him?



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