We all have many choices before us…will we return to Church? Will we go to the gym? How about returning to the office? Fear of covid 19 screams for our attention. The question is, will we give fear the power to guide our decisions? Don’t get me wrong. We all need to use wisdom in what we do and where we go. Something will guide our decisions. If fear of sickness is something you’re struggling with, you’re not alone.
I recently had a decision to make. Was I going to go ahead with a trip that I’d planned before covid broke out? Or would I postpone it. I had two issues going: One, the presence of fear and two, the need to make a decision. I’ve found that when I make fear motivated decisions, I usually end up in situations that take me away from God’s plan for my life. I recognized that in order to make a decision that was led by God, fear had to go. Then, in the absence of fear, I could think clearly and seek God’s guidance.
So, how do we get rid of fear?
Stand in the authority that you have in Christ. Fear is a demonic spirit, and we don’t have to yield to it. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” We resist the devil when we refuse to agree with his lies. Instead, we agree with and declare the truth. Fear lies to us. It prophecies all sorts of bad things that will happen to us. It guides us down paths of self-protection. Faith says, “God is my Protector, not self.” When I recognize the presence of fear, I resist the devil by declaring the opposite of fear’s lies, i.e.,
“When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4)
If fear doesn’t leave immediately, I quote another scripture:
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
I continue to quote scripture out loud until fear leaves. This is the sword of the Spirit put into practice. Sometimes the victory comes quickly, other times it takes a while. As long as I stand firm and remember that I have been given authority over all the power of the enemy, I have no reason to back down.
Back to my story about deciding whether or not to postpone my trip: Once I had held my ground until fear left, I was then positioned to ask for God’s guidance without the presence of fear. In this case, I believe the Lord was leading me to postpone the trip. In another situation I felt the Lord was leading me to go ahead and take part in social situations. For example, I plan to return to church when the doors open next week.
We each have a unique journey through this pandemic. God may lead you in differently than He leads me. And that’s a good thing! The key is that it’s God’s voice that’s guiding us, not fear. Let’s not give fear the power to guide our decisions. God promises us that He will guide us in Psalm 32:8:
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
May the peace of God give rest to your heart today,
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished. If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.” Psalm 91:1-10