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Do Not Have a Spirit of Fear

Disclaimer: I offer these words of hope to those who will listen. If you do not believe in the Bible, please consider some of the advice below anyway. Fear can destroy us if we allow it, but hope drives out fear.

I have seen a lot of posts recently on Daily Paul that have been designed to illicit fear and panic, but we all need to keep our wits about us so that we can address the situation before us clearly.

2 Timothy 1:7 "For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."

I believe most of us here agree that the economic outlook for our country is quite grim. However, we should not let fear govern our lives and cloud our minds. Will the times ahead be dark? Quite possibly. Will it be a complete catastrophe? Well, this is a more interesting answer. The fact of the matter is that no one knows for certain, and it is useless to panic and be paralyzed by fear. It is possible that things could just get more expensive for a time. Or we may have to resort back to farming, menial labor jobs, and a much lower standard of living for a while. No matter what happens, we should remember the words that Jesus spoke:

"And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? ... Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
(Mat 6:27, 31-34)

The most important thing here is to not allow fear to control us. If you do not believe in the promises of the Bible, consider that we are still a nation filled with promise and potential. We have ample natural resources (coal, wood, oil, precious metals), and we still have the incredible talents and abilities of our citizens. No matter how bleak the days ahead will be, I believe that we can grow through this time and arise much stronger out the other side.

To the Christians on this site, I strongly encourage you in this: do not isolate yourselves from the world. There are going to be a lot of disillusioned people who are going to be lost and deeply afraid. They did not see this day coming, and its arrival may very well throw them into panic and despair. They will need our help. We all need to be clear headed and offer hope and solutions to the people around us.

Now, here is some solid advice which is really a summary of what many wise members of our community have already said. Even if the economic crisis turns out to be merely be a bad recession, these things are good things to do anyway:

  • Get out of debt - This is always a good idea, but it is even more important in the times ahead. Avoid using credit cards and pay off whatever loans your are able. Anything that is not paid off could be repossessed by the creditor as they try to save their own businesses.
  • Have some fiat cash (physical) on hand in case there is a run on the banks. This will allow you to pay important bills until the banks can open again.
  • Buy some food - a six month supply is a good starting point. This is to help get through any possible food shortages or times of intense inflation or instability. Remember, you can always eat the food later even if the economy turns around.
  • Buy gold or silver - it does not hurt to have an emergency supply in case the dollar inflates dramatically. This does appear to be a likely scenario as Ron Paul has said on numerous occasions, and gold and silver are a good alternate currency as they have intrinsic value.
  • Befriend your neighbors. Become active in your neighborhoods and communities and look for ways that you can help others in the months ahead. If times get bleak, you will need each other to get through them. If nothing else, we could all stand to get to know our neighbors better anyway.
  • Stay hopeful. Remember that there is nothing really new here. There have been times like this numerous times throughout history. If we can keep a positive attitude, we have a better chance of weathering this storm and coming out the stronger for it.

Remember, Ron Paul is continuing to fight for our great nation, and we also need to continue to work hard to restore the great virtues of our nation in the ways we can. Help those around you. Show kindness and patience with one another. Educate people you meet, and help them too to prepare for the times ahead.

Do not fear what lies ahead, but take each day as it comes. Prepare as best as you can and leave the rest to God. We will make it through this.

One final reminder: while much of this may very well be orchestrated by the rich and powerful of this world, they are not all powerful or all knowing. They too are human and capable of mistakes. As the prophet Isaiah said,

"Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the LORD of hosts, him you shall regard as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
(Isa 8:12-13)

And in the Psalms:

Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his anointed, saying, "Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us." He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
(Psa 2:1-4)

And finally,

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
(Rom 8:28)

Do not fear the conspiracies and plots and plans of the evil men of this world. Do good to your neighbor and live uprightly before men, and we will be blessed before the nations. And pray for the restoration of the spirit of America that we may once again be a shining light to the world.




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I would like to point out

I would like to point out that I originally wrote this thread back in March of 2008. A lot has happened since that time, and while a lot of what was speculated then has since become reality and the schemings of the government are getting far more overt and evil, the truth of this post remains. When I say "we will make it through this", I am not talking about the false optimism of the economy recovering and everything being all fine and dandy again. I didn't mean it that way then, and I certainly don't mean it that way now. What I am saying is that where there is life, there is hope.

We need to continue to expose evil as we see it and to stand up for truth and justice. But we must not let fear be the thing that rules our actions.

"Good job". Hancock

When the mob starts teaching the banksters to fly by throwing them off the Empire State building people will start to take their country back.
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Awesome post!

Bump for others to see.

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You know, I started a very similar thread the other day

I cannot find it now. I called the thread "Fruit Loops for Breakfast" - maybe you can find it. I found a liveleak video from a Christian that I thought was kind of sweet, if a bit fruity. I added my non-Christian thoughts... and now I can't find it. I hope it did not get deleted. I know no one read it, but I still like to have what I put out there, out there...

Truth exists, and it deserves to be cherished.

Bump for a good reminder.

Bump for a good reminder.

It is a good reminder

May I add, FEAR as an acynom
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Nice post Khomar. Very good words of wisdom.

Reminder

I thought it might be good for this reminder to appear once again given some of the tone in recent posts. For those of us who trust in God, there is no need to fear. We are ever held in God's hands.

I thank you, too

You're right. It's very difficult, even for those of us with faith, to hold strong with our faith. Pray for us please.

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Thank you for posting this!

As a Christian, I have found myself not always having the appropriate attitude, however I am grateful because the Lord has convicted me of this and has helped me in the area of fear to where I am no longer afraid of what may come. We do need to focus on today and it's problems, just like God's Word says. Enough people laugh at the idea that our world, and specifically our country, is in great decline and on the verge of collapse and dismiss it all as conspiracy theory, but even many Ron Paul supporters who don't know the Lord will mock the Biblical warnings that must go with these events. Many people on these forums have eyes to see the great evil that is in the world and see the coming storm, but I pray that their spiritual eyes would also be opened to God's truth. The reality is that, apart from Christ, it will not matter if Ron Paul is president or not, or if the county self-destructs or not - if a man is not born again in Christ, he will receive judgment for his sins. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The wise man will repent of his sins, humble himself, and trust Christ as Savior because He is the only way to salvation. Apart from Christ, a man will die in his sins and receive eternal damnation. But the message is not one of judgment (as that is the warning of the consequences of rejecting the message), but the message is one of love, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Jesus did not come to condemn the world but to save it through His blood on the cross! That is our eternal hope as believers and I pray that more on these boards will hear the message and receive it! Out of love, I urge my friends on these boards who don't know the Lord to repent of their sins, receive Him as Savior, and be born again. He has promised to forgive you of your sins and clothe you in His righteousness. That hope is eternal no matter what happens to the earth or to the body, nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. I hope I said these things in a way that makes sense and I say it because I care about you all and want anyone who will to be saved before it is too late.

Like Dr. Paul said.

Not that I am overly religious but you are right and the bible helps us reflect in it's parables and sayings at times like these.

I agree that we need to have our heads above water in a sane manner because people will be looking for leaders to help them in the upcoming mess. And like Dr. Paul said,

We will have to lead them.

Well the Bible is a little more than parables...it predicted NWO

...and lots of other things that are coming to pass..
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i wont lie...

i only read the 2 first paragraphs and the title..one reason is im about to go to work so i would rather waste my time commenting on it hahaha...

question... isnt the bible rule based on fear??? i believe it has a lot of things that bring fear to mind.. example would be the "existance" of hell and revelations.. blah blah blah... flooding his own children, turning people in to salt, "original" sin...

just my 2 cents

Thank you this is

well written and timely. My fear will only affect the ones I love negatively so I am working on doing positive actions so there will be positive reactions and it seems to be working for me. Peace

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befriend your neighbors??

lol.....Where I live I don't dare speak to any of my neighbors for the simple fact that the average person doesnt give 2 shits whats going on in this country. They are too busy doing drugs....getting high and playing music all day long. You have to wonder if any of these people even have a job. Most of them are on Social Security disablity. For what? for mood disorderes and every other nonsense there is out there. I do talk to customers at my job and none of them seem to really care either. Theey have no concept of whats going on. They laugh at it as if it was a joke and I am getting sick of trying to tell people whats going on. I say it's there own fault an we will surely deserve what we get because people are too busy with this world and all its dumb pleasures. I am sick and tired of supporting people on welfare ( especially all the immagrants who don't belong here) .They need to get off their lazy butts and go out in the real world and get a real job.This so annoys me.

As for stocking up food? That's for people who have enough money to do this. I am not gonna worry about stocking up on food because I do not care what happens anymore. I will do what I have to do but I am sick of worring and sick of this dam government crap. I will still try and warn people and be laughed at but in the end we desever what leaders we get.MOST people like the way things are and don't want to hear anything negative about the government.They live with rose colored glasses on and always will. So I say to each their own. F*@!# BUSH

The welfare people in this

The welfare people in this country are gonna REALLY get a wake up call when the money truly runs out and NO ONE can pay their ticket anymore. This depression/implosion/whatever may just be the thing to make people assume personal responsibility as well as mutually cooperate with each other (to prevent mankind from killing one another), except the government will put up so many obstacles from the people figuring out the solutions for themselves. Sad.

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"It is not the abuse of power, it is the power to abuse."
- Michael Cloud, Libertarian

Remembering

I remember that one year ago, I was just as blind as most of them are now. I too watched Fox News, listened to conservative talk radio, believed that the war in Iraq was a good thing, and believed our economy was sound. Then I was awakened from my sleep, and I realized that I had blindly accepted the lies for years.

I encourage you to think about how easily you could be in the same predicament as they. We are all ignorant of so many things. Can we judge someone simply because they do not know what we know? Furthermore, would we not want someone to have compassion on us if we were to fall? Even if they "deserve" their fate, would it not be a far better thing to have forgiveness for others and to seek to help them find their way again?

If you live a life of bitterness and anger, it will consume and destroy you. Let go of that hatred. This is the message of the Bible: even when we were bitter enemies of God and cursed His name, He loved us so much that He sent His Son to die in our place so that through Him we could be free from the anger and bitterness that had enslaved us. He wanted us to experience true freedom and to love and follow His way. I encourage you to search out your heart and consider where your current path will take you. I do not think you will like what you will see.

Speak positively

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” - Henry Ford

From the bible:
The power of life and death is in the tongue.

Most all religions share this idea.
Time to put it into practice!!

This is real nice

However, all the zen masters will be the first in line to get food, water, etc because they were too busy being calm and unafraid to prepare.. Their families will suffer. But hey, they looked cool during the crisis. Happens every time.

That same bible declares that the meek share

inherit the earth. However, history teaches that having a loaded gun in one's hand helps the process along.

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With that logic

then we should nuke Iran while we still can. This is the very line of logic that has led our country to where we are today: engaging in preemptive war and asserting force upon other countries. You are forgetting those examples of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Ghandi, and countless others who defeated the strong by being strong in their meekness.

This is central to Ron Paul's philosophies of foreign policy. It is finding our strength in our conviction of the strength of justice, law, and freedom -- not in the strength of our military or our ability to force our will upon others. This is what drew me to Ron Paul in the first place -- he truly exemplified the true strengths Jesus was talking about. It seems to me that he truly lives out the verse from Micah in his life:

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
(Mic 6:8)

khomar, man will be free

when man/woman accept responsibility for freedom. We must defend freedom and that is a service in of itself. Evil men and women should not be enabled in their quest for power. It's like allowing a child rapists to rape. We injure ourselves and them by allowing this behavior. WE have a duty to protect freedom. To set a ripple through history that declares, we are free and no man shall take that away.What we do now will inspire future generations. One's spiritual path will flourish under freedom. God will rejoice.

To Do Justice

This is why that verse (Micah 3:8) is so powerful: it speaks to what you are saying. We are to see that justice is upheld, so we should oppose evil. But we also need to understand that with justice comes mercy and humility.

Looking back at my post, I believe I was too harsh in my response, but my point is that there is great strength in humility (meekness). When we execute judgment, it should be with the understanding that we are just as susceptible to evil as any other man. Freedom requires not only vigilance in addressing the evils in others but also in addressing that evil within ourselves Much of the trouble we see today came from people who circumvented the laws for the "common good". We need to recognize our weaknesses in order to have a true strength of character and so that our justice can be truly just.

I Don't Think You Understand

I do not believe you understand what I was saying. If you actually read my post, you will see that I am very much suggesting people prepare for upcoming economic crisis. To do otherwise when you have warning would be foolish. However, fearing the economic crisis will accomplish nothing. There will be enough fear and panic as it is. We need cool heads to be able to offer real and effective help to people as the crisis unfolds. We here on the this site have a heads up on what is going on, so we are better able to mentally prepare for the challenges ahead. This puts us in an excellent position to offer hope and guidance to those who are going to so desperately need it in the days ahead.

Just because you are calm and unafraid does not mean that you are doing nothing.

Read "The Gift of Fear"

fear can be very, very, good

Healthy Fear

I would counter that healthy fear is good. It is prudent to consider the risks and take appropriate action, as I have encouraged. However, what I am seeing developing on Daily Paul of late is a very unhealthy fear that leads to depression and/or panic. People are becoming so paranoid of everything that I fear they will make irrational decisions that could harm those around them.

You are right that God gave us the emotion of fear for our protection, but that fear should never consume or direct us. We should acknowledge the benefits of fear, but it should always be managed and controlled so that in our panic we do not make the situation worse.

go read the parable about

go read the parable about the 7 virgins!!! read where it says... if a man does not prepare for his family he is not of the faith and is worse than an infidel! I can go on and on....

You

You can't trust anything in the Bible

hahahahaha you just showed

hahahahaha you just showed your stripes! goodbye one voice of TREASON.. NOW EVERYONE KNOWS TO JUST IGNORE YOU!.

The

the bible is fiction

Your Point?

I am not sure I understand the point of your comment. My post said that we should prepare for the worst, but not to fear for our future. Do what we can, but leave the rest to God. What is it about my post that you disagree with?