“But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.'”
– Matthew 14:27
It’s interesting that the most oft-given command in Scripture is to not be afraid. In fact, some have suggested that there are as many as 366 verses that counsel God’s people to fear not, one for each day of the year (even leap year). The frequency with which we’re told to forsake fear makes it clear that it’s a condition common to being human. We all have things that can keep us enslaved to anxiety, terror, and an endless list of “what ifs” if we let them. Unfortunately, such worries are exponentially amplified in climates like the one we’re currently in with the outbreak of the coronavirus. In times like these, it’s natural to be afraid; in fact, I think it’s inevitable. However, it’s vital to recognize that the Biblical commands to forsake fear aren’t telling us to deny our emotions or pretend that we’re stronger than we are, but are rather encouraging us not to allow fright to keep us frozen.
My friend, it’s natural to feel afraid; however, with the power of the Holy Spirit at work in you, your fear doesn’t have to impact your actions. Pay attention to what causes worry and anxiety to spring up in your mind, and find truth from the Word of God to counter your fears. Speak Biblical promises over your situation and hand your apprehension to Jesus as a sacrifice of praise. Visualize Him taking the burden off your shoulders and replacing your heaviness with the buoyancy of His peace. Then, resolve to take actions that affirm your faith and demobilize your fears. You are more than a conqueror through Him who loved you and nothing that comes your way can ever separate you from His perfect and powerful love!
Thank you, Jesus, for not condemning me for feeling afraid. By the power of your Spirit, I resolve to act in faith and not fear.
What do you feel afraid of today? Which promises from the Bible counter that fear?
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