My emotions are in turmoil as I sense God's heart ache over the "spirit of fear" released in this nation, and across Europe during the whole referendum process. The campaigners for both sides raised this dormant spirit in the souls of many and the Brexit outcome has given that "spirit" a sense of excitement. The "spirit of fear" stirs up anger and hatred like none other, and as believers we have to resist being drawn into this, and actively resist in engaging with this spirit in our neighbours. We are called to be a people of reconciliation and we cannot be that if there is no hope, no peace and no confidence in us that God can transform any situation that the enemy seeks for evil. It is time for us to speak "Peace be still" to the storm around us, from a place of inner peace. It is time for us "To walk on the waters in the storm" in the authority and power of Christ within us.
2 Tim 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. NKJV
Remember also our brothers and sisters in Christ may have voted differently to us. Even if they have not yielded to a spirit of fear as a result of the referundum they are either rejoicing or dismayed. This is a great opportunity (and challenge) for us to practice the teaching of Paul to weep with those who weep and rejoice withthose who rejoice.
Rom 12:14-19 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.