The neighborhood bully terrorizes to gain power and control. Control eases fear for momentary comfort and offsets the fear and distinct possibility of never achieving anything legitimately. Like the bully, the abuser is desperate to recover what has been lost; they have in common a root of fear that drives the contests they crave.
All terrorism develops in a sickened heart condition and a mind that’s been tampered with. This attitude of heart and conditioning of mind create a “spiritual” force, affecting even the body’s chemistry and balance. The terrorist is myopic, values lawless structures, and because of deep-seated personal terror, operates in hiding to destroy suddenly.
For the bully, the abuser and the terrorist, the attack is refined through misguided discernment—basically the difference between right and wrong. The terrorist is not always distant, but often is near—one judges another on limited knowledge, according to what one doing the judging would truthfully do under the same circumstances. Such are low-minded, cannot grasp royalty or understand the generous man whose inner requirement seeks the good of all.
God calls His people to give of ourselves, to encourage and strengthen the whole world; it is fear that separates us from His call. The stingy-hearted are jealous to have something out of their reach, and the covetous suffer intellectually, starved mentally for purpose; by intimidation and control, terrorism on some level is born and someone who does not deserve to be mistreated, will be.
Terrors and fear yield to faith that defies, and that patiently gains the thing longed for. Having faced the terrorist unshaken, proven faith is passed—parent to child, family to family. Faith creates the generous man, whose fear has been cast out, whose heart knows freedom. In our day the LORD distinguishes us to walk fearlessly right down the middle of the challenge, our eye set on the prize: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. (Psalm 23:4)