March 20, 2020
Courage in Crisis Newsletter
It seems like every morning I wake up to a new peril: This virus
pandemic, brings with it a new set of rules every day.
Remember this, In unsettling times, we find our peace in the
presence of the Lord.
He is the only one that contain the contagious epidemic of fear.
Some thoughts from God’s Word That Produce Peace Amidst Pandemic Fear.
Let gentleness be seen in every relationship, for our Lord is ever near. 6 Don’t be pulled in
different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day,
offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every
detail of your life, 7 then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will
make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ.
Fear is a powerful human emotion that can cause us to respond inappropriately or motivate us to take positive action. Or fear has the ability to paralyze us from taking any action. Fear can even stop us from turning to God, our Rescuer, who knows every personal and world disruption we will face. The Bible, God’s timeless Word, has all the answers and antidotes to keep us calm, cool, and collected.
He assures us in Isaiah 41:10NIV
“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.”
We want to trust God but there are times when peace eludes us. We’re worried and anxious. We don’t want to be brave this time.
Then God reminds us in Joshua 1:9NIV
“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.”
Some things that may help us faithfully transcend from panic to peace:
1. Take Your Worries to the Lord
Here’s a prayer I want to speak over you right now: “Lord, ‘I know that Satan created the spirit of fear, anxiety, doubt, and worries to torture and entrap my mind and rob me of my joy, peace, and sleep. When what-ifs wake me in the dark of night, please help me to denounce satan. In Jesus’ name amen.”
1 Peter 5:7, God, You say, “My internal-peace is as simple as casting all my anxiety on you
because you care for me.”
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my
life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Jesus spoke right before his crucifixion in John 16:33NIV
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will
have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
2. Believe God Hears Your Prayers.
Lamentations 3:57NIV You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.”
Proverbs 3:5-6NIV Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own
understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Psalm 91:1-2NLT Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of
the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is
my God, and I trust him.
3.Pray with Expectancy and Anticipation
“Please remember that faith can’t coexist in my heart, If I’m doubting or anxious, my shield of faith has slipped.”
You have got to say—“God, I know that you’re looking at the big picture.”
Hebrews 11:1NIV Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we
do not see.
Psalm 46:10NIV He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the
nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
4.Remain Wise and Discerning
“Lord, I want desperately to take your Word to heart, but a flood of negativity and fear engulf me. ‘My thoughts wander to worst-case scenarios.”
Prayer—I need your insight to diligently untangle truthful facts from embellished hysteria. I ask the Holy Spirit to guide me in filtering out what I should avoid listening to or considering.
Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but
those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and
5.Seek Opportunities to Comfort Others.
Call someone to encourage them, reach out to those in need, help calm their anxiety.
You need to realize—We won’t live in a perfect world until we join God in heaven.
“This current situation won’t be the last crisis for the world or for me. I can’t outrun, outpace, outdo, outsmart, or outlive trouble. It has a way of popping up.”
Prayer—“Lord, quiet my raging emotions so that I can be a beacon of healing love and peace to those in my space of influence, allow me to offer peace to those overwhelmed by panic and fear.”
Jesus said in John 14:1NIV
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.
These are the words that Jesus spoke to His disciples to comfort them, and they also give me comfort when I don’t know how the story ends.
Use me Lord as your disciple to bring healing to a hurting world. I love you Lord, Amen.
Philippians 4:8NIV Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or
praiseworthy—think about such things.