One of my favorite verses this past year has been 2 Timothy 1:7 “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self control.” Some translations say “power, love, and a sound mind.” But either way you slice it, love and power are what God has given us. And fear is not of Him.
But in years prior, I’ve been all too familiar with fear. Fear and anxiety.
And when those two mix, I’ve found that depression often follows. It’s a cocktail straight from hell, if you will.
In this current pandemic, fear is everywhere. And what would normally be referred to as flu season is Covid season. Fear of a virus is tearing families apart, destroying our economy, and causing people to isolate from friends, family, and the church when they need the above mentioned three more than ever.
People are so scared of dying that they’re willing not to live. Because living in fear is no life at all. And fear is made worse by the media.
A powerful statement was made to me in recent months though, and has helped me keep my focus on what truly is important. God.
I had a counselor ask me, do your kids most often see you on your phone or in your Bible? And my answer was sobering.
How often do I scroll social media, or compulsively check my email, seeking answers, seeking hope? When really, as God is my source, I’d have better luck in finding what I’m seeking by asking Him. Asking God.
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Our heavenly Father knows what we have need of. Matthew 6:8 “After all, God, who is your Father, knows your needs before you ask him. Pray then like this-”
And again in Matthew 6:31-32. “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.”
Fear is not of God. God knows our needs. And He knows of our needs before we even voice them. Psalm 139:4 “Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.”
And let’s go a step further.
God’s Word tells us not to be anxious for anything. It says do not worry. What are we to do instead? Pray!
Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
The truth is that fear is the opposite of faith. And worry cannot add one hour to our life. Matthew 6:27 “Which of you, by being anxious, can add one moment to his lifespan?”
None of us. None of us can add even an hour to our life with worry.
Worry does not help.
But prayer does. God does.
Having said that, awareness is good. We are called to be aware. Ephesians 6:11 tells us to put on the whole armor of God so we can stand against the wiles of the devil. In order to do that, we must be aware. We must know what is of the enemy and what is of God.
God also commands us to be as wise as serpents. Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”
God knew we would face trials in this world. But take heart, because He has overcome the world. John 16:33
In dealing with fear in this season, here are some tips.
Go to the Word of God- not the media- for your comfort.
Seek God for answers and comfort- not Facebook.
Spend time in prayer DAILY. And be willing to not just speak, but to listen for your Heavenly Father’s voice.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Something that I’ve found helps me is to write it out and speak it outloud. Speak God’s Word out loud as an affirmation. And personalize it.
Say, “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self control.” Or say the above but instead of ‘me’ say your name.
God’s Word is so powerful. Sharper than any double edged sword. And it is alive and active and relevant even today.
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
How do you fight fear in the midst of this pandemic? Comment below how you’re finding comfort in this season.