19 Mar Overcoming Fear
The world is in a panic at the moment. Yet God is not caught off guard by a virus. There is something far more dangerous doing the rounds: a spirit of fear. Look at what the Bible says.
Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
Where are your thoughts fixed? On your problems? On the fact that hand sanitiser may go out of stock? Or on what Jesus Christ accomplished for you by His finished work on the Cross?
The devil operates on our five senses. He wants to stir us into a frenzy through what we see, hear, smell and feel. But as children of God we walk by faith and not by sight. Peace only comes when our thoughts are fixed on Jesus.
During this time of international crisis our reaction is faith, not fear. Yes, by all means we should implement the recommended practical precautions. But we should let our hearts be kept in perfect peace by Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
How do we do this? By keeping our thinking full of His Word, His truth, His promises in the Bible. What do we do when our thinking is running rampant with fear? Here is some practical advice: you can’t cast a thought down with a thought. You cast it down with the spoken word. Open your mouth and introduce a new thought. Speak the Word of God.
If the thought comes: “What if I contract the virus?” Say aloud: “Surely He shall deliver me from the perilous pestilence” (Psalm 91). If the thought comes: “How am I going to pay my bills at the end of the month?” Say aloud: “My God will fill to the full my every need according to His riches in glory” (Philippians 4:19). If the thought comes: “I can’t do this, it is too hard for me” Say aloud: “God will help me; He upholds me with His righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
Why not take some time out today to look for Scriptures that dispel your fears? Speak them, think them and pray them.
Stay blessed, remain in faith. God is with us.