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Devotional

Fear or Faith

Sunday, March 29, 2020

To walk in God’s power during the world’s COVID-19 scare, you must get rid of fear because fear and faith are opposing spiritual forces. One counteracts the other. Trying to operate in them both at the same time is like trying to get both sweet water and bitter water to come out of the same fountain—and as James 3:11 says, that’s impossible.

Just as faith activates the forces of the kingdom of God, fear activates the forces of the kingdom of darkness. It attracts the very thing it focuses upon. Remember what happened to Job? He literally drew calamity to himself by yielding to fear. He said it himself: “What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true” (Job 3:25).

Talk about fatal attraction! The Adam Clarke Commentary renders Job’s statement this way: “The fear that I feared. While I was in prosperity, I thought adversity might come, and I had a dread of it. I feared the loss of my family and my property; and both have occurred.”

You don’t want to be like Job. You want to attract good things to yourself by faith in God, like the woman with the issue of blood did in Mark 5. She’d been sick for 12 years and was bankrupt from the many doctor bills. Yet when she heard about Jesus, she believed that if she touched His garment she would become well. And that’s what happened.

If that woman, who wasn’t even born again, could believe God in her situation, think what you can do during the coronavirus pandemic. You have the Spirit of God living inside of you. You have God’s written Word and a New Covenant full of promises that cover every area of your life. You have the blood of Jesus surrounding your life. As a believer who has devoted your life to Christ, you have nothing to fear¾except fear itself.

Of course, you will have to control your thoughts to stay free of fear. Even if you know what the Bible says, you’ll have to fight a battle in your mind to stay in faith because the world around you will always be talking fear and pandemic. In the morning, you may read the assurances in Psalm 91:7 that “a thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not approach you.” But in the evening, the news broadcasts on television will be blasting the opposite message. These negative reports can make you question God’s protection.

I’ve heard it said many times, “Your faith ends at the point of a question.” So you must guard against the contrary voices of the world. They can cause you to question God’s ability to keep His Word on your behalf, and that will stop your faith from working. It will introduce doubts into your mind, and as James 1:6-8 says, “He who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (NKJV).

To keep from being double-minded, sometimes you have to make the conscious decision to turn off the news. You have to close your ears to every other voice that’s clamoring for your attention and set your focus on God’s promises alone. When you nourish yourself on a steady diet from God’s Word, it acts like an anchor for your soul. It prevents your mind, will and emotions from drifting away from God’s promises into the strong current of fear.

In any situation, you’re either in faith or in fear. So make sure you steer clear of the latter. Ride high

above the tide of adversity and make the determination to believe in God’s protection without wavering.

Adopt the attitude that says, “God said it, so that settles it! Let God be found true, though every man be

found a liar!”


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    Psalm 91 boldly declares “a thousand may fall at your side,” but evil will not come near us—if we trust in God. In the face of alarming newscasts rife with mass shootings, terrorist threats and unpre... read more

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