No one would argue that we have a lot of serious issues facing our country. So,  how do we look confidently in the future? By being spiritually resilient and knowing how to stay strong. Here are 20 ways to help:

  1. Talk about world events and how they impact us. When difficulty arise, it is an opportunity to present a biblical world-view to those who may not have one. We serve a just God who has given us an outline of His plan for the world. He is control no matter what is happening around us.
  2. Teach people about good and evil. Our culture has rendered so many truths relative. The Bible is clear. Good and evil are rooted in two sources–God and Satan. The devil is real, as are his minions. We don’t just fight flesh and blood, but principalities and powers. We must understand this in order to know how to pray. It’s important to fight the real enemy not each other.
  3. Face evil with confidence.  God gave us the authority to overcome evil through sending His son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. He also tells us to overcome evil with good (Roma. 12:21).
  4. Pray for protection. Daily read Psalm 91 as a family and appropriate that Word over your household. Ask God to bless your coming and your going Deut. 28:6).
  5. Stay in intimate relationship with your Father, God. The stronger your relationship with Him, the more peace you will have. His promise is, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, Because he trusts in you. ” (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV)
  6. Put your confidence in God, not man. “Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes. For the Lord will be your confidence. And will keep your foot from being caught”–Proverbs 3:10-11). (Psalm 34:19 and 2Cor. 4:8-9).
  7. Use Phil. 4:6-9 to combat fear and anxiety.First thank God for all He has done, then talk to Him (pray) and tell Him your requests (supplication). Finally meditateon things that are noble, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy. The result is a peace that guards our hearts and minds.
  8.  When fear enters your mind, reappraise the thought using a faith lens, use one of these verses— 2Tim 1:7; 1John 4:18, Deut 31:6, Is 34:4.
  9. Take action. Send letters to those on the frontline of illness and unrest, provide supplies to the homeless, volunteer, etc.  Show the love of Christ in tangible, sacrificial ways.
  10. Limit exposure to trauma. Exposure to graphic images of violence and trauma can cause psychological damage. Take a break from 24-hour sources of trauma coverage and social media.
  11. Share your concerns in a community of Christians who can comfort and pray with you.While non-Christians can be supportive and uplifting, they can’t provide you the kind of reassurance we have in Christ. Christian community is one of your greatest supports during times of unrest.
  12. Take care of your physical body during times of stress by getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising and taking vitamins. Stress taxes the immune system and needs to be addressed.
  13. Be physically affectionate with those you love. Touch is reassuring and makes us feel connected. So touch those you can with love and support.
  14. Practice relaxation exercises if you find yourself constantly tense-physically relaxing the body is a good way to combat tension.
  15. Spotlight people who do good and serve others. We need to be reminded of good and people who have the servant heart of God.
  16. Make time for laughter and play. Both are stress reducers and help us heal.
  17. Anger is a normal reaction to terror but that emotion needs to be handled according to biblical principles (Eph 4:26; James 1:19; Prov. 29:11; Matt. 5:22; Rom. 12:19; Heb. 10:30; Matt 6:14; Col. 3:8, 1Pet 5:7). Anger should never be used to hurt people.
  18. Forgive those who have hurt us and pray for our enemies. These are the words of Christ. This doesn’t mean we agree with what they did or won’t try to stop them from hurting us more, but we can’t harbor unforgiveness in our hearts. Nor can we forget that God loves all His creation and wishes none to perish.
  19. Pay attention to your coping responses.As we grieve recent events, we move from shock and denial to anger, depression, fear, confusion, irritability and other emotions. Understand this process of grieving doesn’t come in consecutive stages but that these emotions are revisited. Past losses or traumas may intensify your reactions and you may need counseling or pastoral care.
  20. Have faith in God. Faith is what we don’t see. Right now we see evil winning but God will ultimately triumph.

 

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