In light of the recent label of pandemic, I felt compelled to pour out what has been stirring in my heart for quite some time. These thoughts do not originate with me, but instead have been gleaned along the path of my journey and have become a huge part of my understanding of the Kingdom of God and how it operates.
Did you know that “Do not fear” is one on the most repeated commands in the bible? If you do a quick search you will find it reported 365 times. That's right, one for each day of the year! So, what’s the big deal? It’s not like we can help our own fearful thoughts, right?
Right now, it is imperative that we learn to take God at His Word! Just as faith has substance, fear is the stuff our worst nightmares are made of. Just ask Job. In Job 3:25 he reports, “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me”. In my estimation, the current reporting in the news is an opportunity to put our faith to the test. Do we believe His Word or are we going to proceed allowing vain imaginations of “what ifs” plague our consciousness?
This is precisely what Paul advises in 2 Cor. 10:5 when he tells us to “cast down vain imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God”. The enemy uses fear as a landing pad in our lives. He does not play fair and death is on his agenda.
This is truly no laughing matter. In the days that are coming and are in fact upon us, we must know beyond a shadow of doubt that the WORD of God is true and when we hide ourselves in it, no matter what happens, we will be ok. Imagine just for a moment that your fearful thoughts actually create the thing you dread! We would be much more serious about NOT entertaining them, wouldn’t we? We would be quick to repent of our fear based thoughts as a sign of our lack of faith, confess them and ask the Lord to replace them with a reminder of His faithfulness.
For those of you who are not prone to fear, I celebrate you! This would be a great opportunity for you to pray for your brothers and sisters who are plagued with this tormenter. Ask the Father, that he would upgrade their armor, specifically their helmet, and that the mind assault from the enemy would cease and desist!