I like what the Apostle Paul taught about how to act during fearful times. He instructed us to defeat the realm of darkness the moment fear tries to approach by responding with unwavering faith. “Don’t be intimidated by your enemies,” he said. “This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself” (Phil. 1:28).
That means no matter what hits you, or what is circulating in the world, never allow yourself to act shaken by it. Instead, remain calm and collected.
Act as if the King of the Universe was handling the situation—because He is!
Your refusal to show any sign of distress or concern will be evidence to the enemy that his defeat is imminent. But if you react with fearful emotions and begin speaking fearful words, you become obvious prey to the enemy and will be easy to devour. The enemy doesn’t know what your thinking until it comes out of your mouth. So, during troubled times put a guard on your thoughts and your words.
First Peter 5:8 warns, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” Notice, it’s not God who’s your adversary. He’s not the one who’s giving you problems. Your adversary is the devil. He and he alone is the author of all adversity.
To deal with him wisely, you must be sober and think with a clear head. You can’t allow yourself to get emotional or careless and be lulled into a false sense of security. You must always be alert.
Why? Because, as Peter said, the devil is on a never-ending search for someone to destroy. He’s always prowling around looking for those he can devour. He can’t devour just anyone, only those who make themselves vulnerable by responding in fear. Those who are in rebellion to God, ignorant, or intoxicated with fear.
The devil is not the only one on a never-ending search. God is too. But instead of looking for someone who will respond in fear so He can destroy them, He is looking for someone who will respond in faith “to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (2 Chron. 16:9, NKJV).
Can God protect us even from a pandemic like coronavirus? Absolutely. And He promised us in the Bible that He would do so. Addressing the issue very specifically in Psalm 91:5-6, He assured us that our Covenant with Him includes protection from every kind of attack the enemy can formulate. “You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,” He said, “Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness…” (NKJV).
If you will stand in faith during the coronavirus pandemic or any other crisis, God can show Himself strong on your behalf! Put fear to flight by totally immersing yourself in God’s Word.
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