"Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light." (Romans 13:10-12 NKJV)
Have you found yourself eyeing the woman in the grocery store holding the last four rolls of toilet paper in the free world, wondering if you could take her?
Have you been scouring the internet searching for the most inexpensive hazmat suit you can find?
Have you had thoughts of driving to a remote area, living in your car for the next six months, while dining on nothing but your secret stash of wine, cheese, and chocolate?
If so, you may have unknowingly given in to the pandemic of fear:
Fear is a response to a supposed threat: the plane may crash so I will white-knuckle it the entire flight and miss the wonder that flying truly is. Fear clouds the mind and darkens the soul. Fear causes us to fall into the deep sleep of reacting; that place where you rest your head on the shoulder of worry, where you snuggle up to panic, and fall asleep hugging the warm body of despair. Fear makes you irrational, irresponsible, and quite often makes you do unkind or even crazy things.
Faith, on the other hand, makes people radically defiant to fear. Faith wakes people up to the truth. Faith looks beyond what we see with our natural senses. Faith makes us come alive. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1)
We were not designed to walk in fear, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (II Timothy 1:7) We were designed to walk in faith, in power, in love, with a sound mind; a mind that is focused on right things and right thoughts which lead to right actions. "Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10) Faith overcomes fear. Listen to Philippians 4:6-8, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, if there is anything praiseworthy, think on these things."
What are you thinking on?
What thoughts fill your mind?
What are you dwelling on?
What occupies all of your time?
Is your mind filled with clutter?
With things that bring death?
With empty vain thoughts?
With fear, anxiety and dread?
What will tomorrow bring?
Will I still be here and alive?
Will all I have worked for
come undone, weaken, and die?
Will my children be healthy?
Will the paycheck be there?
Will the supplies and food last?
Will toilet paper be rare?
What we think becomes prophesy
when we speak it from our lips
Only we can shift our focus
when fear has tightened its grip
Focus on what is beautiful
Focus on what is honest and true
Focus on faith that moves mountains
Focus on what God can do
Focus on things that are good
Focus on things that are pure
Focus on what is truly important
Focus on things that endure
Focus on faith rather than fear
Focus on peace rather than strife
Focus on love and kindness
Focus on the wonder of life
Faith is the antidote to fear. What we believe affects everything about us. Allow me to pray for you today:
I come to pray and to believe for my friends, my family (whether by blood or by bond), for my community, and for the world. I pray 'that the eyes of their understanding be enlightened,' (Ephesians 5), that they would embrace faith and let go of fear. I pray You would give them eyes to see You, ears to hear You, and a heart to know You; the God who made them and loves them with a deep, relentless, everlasting love. I pray You cover them, that You become their shield. I pray that You would invade their space. I thank You that You are never socially distant but ever present. I pray the space between their hearts and Yours would become thin; that they would hear You whisper their name. I pray if they have been socially and privately distant from You that Your love would wash over them like a flood, and carry them back to You. I pray that You would meet their every need whether financial, mental, emotional, or personal. I pray that You would overtake any darkness that is either being pressed upon them, or allowed by them through their ignorance of who You are and what You are capable of. I pray they would set things right where they can, that they would walk in kindness and love, that they would forgive because life is uncertain, too short, and too beautifully precious to waste. I pray they would bow their hearts and bend their knees to You. I pray they would do the hard things, that they would have the hard conversations with You, with themselves, and with others. I pray You break them open and keep them open--for it's only in vulnerability and openness that true intimacy and freedom is found. I pray they come to know You in all Your fullness, in all that You are: God Almighty, Defender, Healer, Refuge, Fortress, Friend, Redeemer, Comforter, Light, Love, Hope. I pray You show Yourself mighty on their behalf. I pray that you wake them up, that they not wander through life asleep, unaware of You. I pray You clothe them in the armor of faith, and love them with all the fierceness You are famous for. In Jesus' name I pray and believe...Amen.
Written by Anne Marie Hawke
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