The recent terrorist attacks in Paris have caused everyone to think: Could something like that happen to me? How can we stop these attacks on humanity? Fortunately we do have a way to counter these attacks through prayer and defeat the fear that they try to instill.
In the old testament the nation of Israel faced attacks from every direction. In II Kings, the King of Syria was waging a war against Israel. Every time the King of Syria made plans to attack, the King of Israel found out about them and was able to thwart the Syrian’s efforts. This got so bad for the King of Syria that he thought there must be a spy among his advisors. He called them all together and asked them how the King of Israel knew about all of his plans. “It’s not us,” they said, “it’s Elisha, the prophet in Israel.” This was true. Elisha was God’s servant and he received word from God about the attacks before they could happen.
So the King of Syria sent a huge army with horses and chariots to go and get Elisha. Early in the morning they surrounded the city where Elisha dwelt. When Elisha’s servant woke up to see this, he exclaimed in fear, “What will we do now?” Elisha calmly responded “Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” This must have sounded crazy to Elisha’s servant. They didn’t have any kind of army to defend them. What could Elisha possibly be talking about?
Elisha started praying and asked God to open the eyes of his young servant so that he could see what he meant. When God opened the young man’s eyes he saw horses and chariots of fire filling the mountain around him and Elisha. Elisha was so attuned to his spiritual sense that he was able to see how the forces of God, good, completely outnumbered the evil that was trying to attack them. This allowed Elisha to put an end to the conflict without a single sword being drawn. Elisha asked God to make all of the soldiers temporarily blind. He told them that they had gone the wrong way, and led them straight to Samaria, the capital of Israel. Once there, Elisha saw that they received their sight, as well as food and water, and then sent them home. Talk about killing them with kindness!
Elisha was able to overcome fear with spiritual vision. He knew that there was more power in Love than in hate. That’s how he was able to stand up to the fearful thought that the Syrian army could destroy him. When each of us align our thought with God, the only good, we overcome fear and destroy the terror of the enemy.
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