last week in light of the COVID19 pandemic and the fear and panic rising in our nations, I felt the Lord prompt me to write the post:
Fear Not with 12 prayer points, a personal prayer and Psalm 91 made personal for us to be praying and declaring as we navigate the uncertainty of what is ahead. If you missed it you can click here or the image below.
Last Friday night because of that post, I had the opportunity to join christian leaders from across our nation along with my husband to pray for the coronavirus and America. You can watch that video here and be encouraged by the prayers:
Be watching my social media for the possibility of another live prayer session possible this Friday night to deal with the spirit of fear. Plans are in the works but a time and specific date has yet to be determined.
The Church’s Finest Hour
Drifting off to sleep, I finished my prayer. “Lord, let my words tomorrow inspire others and help us to eradicate the spirit of fear which has infiltrated our minds and heart and this nation. If there is anything I need to change, then show me.”
The sun began streaming through the window, it was early and I had at least an hour before the alarm would go off. I pulled the cover up over my head and began to roll over when I had the whisper of a thought: “This is the Church’s finest hour.”
“Yes, Lord” I mumbled as I rolled over, “This is indeed the church’s finest hour.”
I tried to go back to sleep, but it continued to evade me. I was still sleepy, but I knew the Lord had just responded to my prayer the night before as I was drifting off to sleep. I needed to respond in obedience. As I lay there praying, I began to ask what else He wanted me to share besides the “Fear Not” message.
As I got ready for church, several scriptures were coming to mind along with a picture/vision.
I saw a bear hibernating for the winter. It looked content, warm, well fed and fast asleep. Then I heard: Awake. – Wake Up Oh Sleeper! It’s time to Rise and Shine for the Light has come!
But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is (Ephesians 5:13-17 ESV)
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn (Isaiah 60:1-3 NIV).
Faith Over Fear
I knew that “Fear Not” was only part of the message that we as a global church need to hear. The Word of God has around 365 times throughout the Bible places where God is telling His people to not fear. One for each day of the year. In fact, when I researched this, one sight said 366 one for each day of the year including leap year. While I did not do my own extensive research, I can say that God uses the words “fear not” and those like it over 300 times throughout scriptures. To the exact number, that would depend on which translation you were reading. Can we just suffice it to say that God is pretty serious that His people not be filled with fear.
In fact, we are to have more FAITH than we have fear. In my Bible Study workbook, on pages 114-115 of The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement: Living a Lifestyle of Encouragement I wrote this:
“Faith and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time. So, if we allow fear to creep in, then it will push out and diminish our ability to have faith. Faith is of God; fear is not.”
Faith is of God, fear is not. It’s that simple, and yet it’s not. Fear is a four-letter word! A terrible tool and ploy the enemy wields against many believers today. Fear of people, fear of getting it wrong, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of … you fill in the blank.
Fear is not of God. Faith and fear cannot coexist at the same time. You are either operating in one or the other but never at the same time. Romans 8:15 assures us that if we are God’s child (and we are), then fear has no place inside of us.
On Page 34 of my training manual Releasing God’s Heart through Hearing His Voice, I state it this way:
“When we take our eyes off of God and stop having faith in the things He has said, fear can begin to creep in and take over our lives.”
I believe we can take the words of Martin Luther regarding the Black Death and apply them to the COVID19 virus:
“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us.
Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it.
I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence.
If God should wish to take me, He will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others.
If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely…
See this as a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”- Martin Luther
AWAKE – Do Not Remain Silent
Oh friend, this is indeed our finest hour. The finest hour for the church is now. We face a worldwide pandemic, but we need not be fearful. Instead we must let FAITH rise up inside us. We must seek God, repent and pray. We need to heed His voice and Love one another.
What we face is real, and can seem scary, but we have a God who is real and isn’t afraid of the things we face. We must begin to share the GOOD NEWS of the Gospel with others. Now is not the time to remain silent, now is not the time to hole ourselves up in our homes and cower in fear. Now is the time for the church to rise up, to awaken and share of who Jesus is. We must show compassion, mercy and love for our neighbors, friends, and enemies. We must not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – there is a world outside our doors, our homes and churches that need to hear about the saving Grace of Jesus. While we may be quarantined in our homes and not allowed to meet for coffee or at church, we are not forbidden from sending emails, texts, or making phone calls. We can harness the power of social media for good and speak words of life, hope and encouragement. We can love one another and share the gospel of Jesus Christ at the same time.
Steps You can take today
Awaken! No more sleeping. Now is the time and you have a part to play. Ask God what He would have you do and who He would have you share with. Throughout history there have been major events that shaped the hearts, minds and lives of people. Events and tragedies like 911, natural disasters like earthquakes, tornados, and hurricanes and even wars and rumors of wars. BUT GOD! Yes, but, God. God still sits on the throne; He still hears, answers prayer, and He gives HOPE and life to a world in need. God brings light to a dark world and the reality is, there are people who are living in shrouds of darkness that need the light, life, hope and saving grace of Jesus.
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV).
The steps you can take are as easy as 1, 2, 3 …
- Repent, Renounce & Cast off from partnering with a spirit of Fear
- You need to break off any agreements you or others have made with this spirit and kick it to the curb and out of your life.
- Pray for the spirit of fear to leave ourselves, others, our nation and other countries.
- Pray against panic, fear, chaos, hoarding, pandemonium, and uncertainty.
- Pray for Unity in the church
- Pray as the Lord leads
READ THE WORD:
- Find Scriptures to combat fear and to be filled with faith.
- Psalm 91: Isaiah 43; Psalm 27; Romans 8:15; 2 Timothy 1:7 and more
- Find promises in the Word of God and post them around your home, and even on social media.
- Declare, Decree and Proclaim these promises out-loud
- Choose to be filled with faith and not fear.
- Be a dispenser of faith, hope, and encouragement to others.
- Love others period.
- Don’t judge, don’t point fingers or choose sides. Instead release the love and power of Jesus to others.
- Share the Good News of Jesus with others. Share your story and testimony
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