Lately, there has been a LOT of talk surrounding the Coronavirus/COVID-19. Many grocery stores are out of stock on products, and in some places, the shelves are completely bare. At the stores that do have products, there have been conversations, pictures and videos taken of long checkout lines that travel into the aisles, store fights for limited products, and abbreviated store hours. People have been so panicked that they've cleared all of the Lysol, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, water, and paper towels off the shelves! It's like the world has gone into hysteria!
Make Sure You Have Enough "Food"
There are many of us who chose not to hesitate in purchasing food and items to stock up in our homes. Don't forget that just like our bodies need the food we've stashed away in preparation, it's even more important to make sure that you store up the Word of God in your heart, so that your spirit is prepared and has what it needs! If you spend time daily reading the Bible and meditating on His Word, your spirit will be full of the Word. No matter what comes your way, you will be able to pull the Word out of your heart and speak, confess & believe what the Bible says.
So, Should We Be Afraid?
Absolutely not! While it is definitely important that we use wisdom and be prepared, we should not be scared. Yes, you want to make sure you wash your hands, make sure you have what you need to take care of your family, and stay up to date with what's going on. However, if you are a Christian, it is important that you stay full of the Word! It's important that you stay prayed up. It's important that you walk by faith and not fear. Meditate on Psalm 91. The God we serve is bigger, mightier, and more powerful than any virus, disease or calamity. The Bible says so many encouraging things related to the topic of fear. Here are a few of my favorites:
John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Psalm 118:6-7 "The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper.”
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
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