don't let fear overpower you
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Fear has become a prevalent aspect of modern society. In today's world, fear seems to be lurking around every corner, whether it be fear of terrorism, fear of natural disasters, or fear of financial insecurity. In addition, we are constantly engulfed with the omnipresent plague of fears concerning health. The media, unfortunately, reports on these issues in a way that often exacerbates the fear instead of alleviating it. Furthermore, social media has made it easier to spread fear-mongering messages to the masses, further contributing to the problem.
One of the primary reasons for the rise of fear in modern society is the constant barrage of news and media coverage. News outlets often sensationalize stories to increase viewership, leading to an overemphasis on negative events. This can have a detrimental effect on people's mental health, causing them to become stressed, anxious, and fearful.
Another factor contributing to the rise of fear is the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories. Social media has made it easier for these ideas to spread quickly, leading to a distorted view of the world. Fear of the unknown or the unfamiliar is also a common factor, as people tend to fear what they do not understand.
Finally, the current political climate has also contributed to the rise of fear in modern society. Political leaders often use fear to gain support, whether it be fear of outsiders or fear of economic instability. This has led to a culture of fear and divisiveness, which can be harmful to society as a whole.
And so, we can conclude that fear has become rampant in the modern world due to a number of factors, including media coverage, misinformation, fear of the unknown, and political climate.
We are afraid of the issues that we face today, we are afraid of what the future has in store for us, we are afraid of other people; we are even afraid of ourselves — afraid of how we might sabotage our own success and life due to our shortcomings, weaknesses, and vices.
It is important for us individuals to be aware of these factors and to actively work to combat fear in our own lives and in society as a whole.
Today if, for whatever reason, you find yourself in the clutches of fear, take a pause and say to yourself, “The Lord is always with me, and I find strength and courage through Him. ‘For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline’” (2 Timothy 1:7).
“Finally, be strong in the LORD and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10