Do you know that the Bible says FEAR NOT ninety-five times?
People were told not to fear when angels showed up in their full glory right before their faces. People were told not to fear when they were persecuted for their faith. People were told by Jesus, not to fear when their loved ones were ill. If God tells us to fear not, then He will give us the capacity to obey Him. Have you asked God to help you not be afraid?
We are God’s covenant people. We don’t need to fear because He is with us. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” God is with you right now. He is with your children. He is also on His throne. Do we know what’s going to happen tomorrow? No. Do we know how many people will be infected in our area with the coronavirus? No. What I do know is that God is with us, and He will not leave us no matter what we are facing. His presence is guaranteed.
We need to stay in a place of peace in our souls so that we can help others. The Bible calls us to shine like stars in this world (Phil 2:15). If we have peace when others around us do not, it is a witness to the world. This was my inroad to witnessing to a Muslim cab driver a few days ago. The man was stunned that I could simply believe that God loves me, and I love Him so I can live in perfect peace during a crisis time. If we want to be the hands and feet of Jesus, then we can’t be immobilized by fear. There is most likely going to be a time when people in Colleyville are ill. I want to be ready with wellness baskets filled with Gatorade, toilet paper, and encouraging cards to leave on doorsteps. In the middle of a pandemic is when the light of Christ has the opportunity to shine the brightest.
Prayer is a very powerful weapon. CCA Moms in Prayer group has already been praying Psalm 91 for every CCA family this year. Please join us and watch your fear melt into faith. Your future is in the hands of a loving God.
My family-Jon, Jane, Alexa, Ariel, and Mica- dwell in the shelter of the Most High and abide in the shadow of the Almighty. We say to the Lord, “You are our refuge and our fortress, our God, in whom we trust.”
For God will deliver us from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover us with his pinions, and under his wings we will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. We will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand may fall at our side, ten thousand at our right hand, but it will not come near us. We will only look with our eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.
Because we make the Lord our dwelling place- the Most High, who is our refuge- no evil shall be allowed to befall us, no plague come near our tent.
For God will command His angels concerning us to guard us in all our ways. On their hands they will bear us up, lest we strike our foot against a stone. We will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent we will trample underfoot.
Because we hold fast to God in love, God says He will deliver us; God says He will protect us because we know His name. When we call to God, He will answer us; He will be with us in trouble; He will rescue us and honor us.