One of the most difficult struggles we have all faced during this pandemic is fear. Fear has gripped most of the world at one point or another, especially in the beginning as we all watched the virus make its way across the globe.
While some people are perfectly fine, others are more cautious. Some are in a full-blown panic. Which are you? No matter what we face on earth, people of faith will always have two options for facing it: fear or love.
Remember, fear is not an emotion. Fear is a spirit. (2 Timothy 1:7) So is the love that is from God. (John 4:23; 1 John 4:8)
Both fear and love are choices, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy choices. There will be plenty of unknowns in this season, and plenty of God’s grace available. The enemy would love nothing more than to keep you gripped in fear so you cannot make good decisions or so that you’re ineffective in Christ.
If you’re going to thrive and not just survive, choose love, moment by moment—which means this: Choose God’s grace. Choosing God isn’t a mental decision, it’s a spiritual one.
People are dying, but people are also living.
The virus is contagious, but not necessarily deadly.
Was it a biological weapon? Is it one of the seven seals of the end times? Is it mutating?
While many of our questions may never have answers, the enemy wants you more focused on the fear of the unknown than you are focused on the One who knows it all. God will tell you what you need to know when you need to know it (John 16:13).
The struggle against fear is very real, but so is the assurance of your victory against fear if you keep fighting. Stay away from negativity. Stop reading the news, reading about daily death counts and talking to fear-filled people.
Fill yourself with the Word, worship, and pray“without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:16). “Think on these things” and then “do these things” as Paul wrote, (Philippians 4:8-9) “and the God of peace will be with you.”
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