I’m sure we have all been following the news regarding the coronavirus and its effects on people’s lives. As I’m sitting at my computer to write to you, I wanted to say something that would lift your spirit to encourage you and one thing came to mind, “But God.” That’s where I’m at right now. Might seem silly to some and others or probably saying, “What? What does that really mean?” In trying times like these, your soul needs an anchor. You need to believe in someone that’s higher than this world. That anchor for me is Jesus Christ and the protection He offers. More and more I’m realizing that man does not have all the answers and at most, are vulnerable. We need a protection that this world cannot offer. Times like these make me grateful for the promises I have in Christ. His promises gives me hope in undesirable circumstances. His promises are my confidence and I trust that you have made Him your confidence as well.
I want to encourage you to do all that you can do practically to follow the guidelines set out by the CDC and your local health officials, but one thing I want to encourage you not to do is let fear consume you. After you have done the practical things, I encourage you to find bible verses that will help you to deal with fear because fear can be paralyzing and if offers no hope. It causes you to focus on the situation. I want to share with you a passage of bible verses that I have stood on for years when fear has reared its ugly head and they have proven to be true time and time again and that is:
Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day.
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the most high, our dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 “Because he has set his love upon me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”
When you make Christ your dwelling place, He comes with His own protection. I trust that you make Him your dwelling place so that you can have peace in the midst of the storms of life.
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