Get a grip on things.  Hold tight, you who are listening…”   [Zechariah 8:9 The Message]

I was thinking the other day about the mental, emotional and even physical responses of those who have been in the war zones of the world and how it gives some insight into the lives of those who suffer in all walks of life.

We’ve all been there—someone says something and immediately the response is—they are against me, I am in danger here—fear grips you rather than you gripping faith.  It may come after long periods of stress, when battle fatigue causes a physical, mental or emotional response—a knee jerk reaction that takes you by surprise and thereby steals your peace and sense of well being.

When memories of past injuries are touched by present circumstances you suffer and the tendency to ‘run’ can be overwhelming.

The term ‘gun-shy’ is a simile.  However, when a man trains his hunting dog he does so little by little—he moves the dog closer to the sound of the shotgun until the dog has the steadiness to resist the urge to tuck tail and run.

Our Father will move you closer and closer to the darkness within or the darkness of this world and when He does He equips you with the power of the Holy Spirit of Love.  He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.  He will heal your wounds and change your reaction to a Christ-like response.

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