I’m on a plane to Peru. I have Lysol spray, disinfectant wipes, zinc tablets and hand sanitizer. Am I in fear? No, I’m just using wisdom. I’m not shaken or anxious or fearful. If I were, I wouldn’t be on the plane.
The coronavirus is real, it’s not made up or a conspiracy. It’s a dangerous disease in a dangerous world. So, how should I respond as a Christian? As a father and servant-leader?
I’ve written scriptures at the end of this email for you to pray over yourself and your community. Here’s the truth:
Just because I’ve committed my life to following Christ with all my heart does not preclude that the brokenness of this world will not touch my life. What following Christ does is give me the confidence that he’s got this.
Jesus spoke this over his friends who lived in a real world, “The Father is with me. I've told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I've conquered the world." (John 16:31-33)
Because the Holy Spirit, the abiding presence of Almighty God, lives in me I walk through this world confident, passionate, encouraged, hopeful, filled with peace. But it doesn’t mean I don’t use wisdom. It’s wisdom to eat healthy, stay in the Word, speak generously and use hand sanitizer.
Paul wrote, “We ask God to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.”
David wrote about the mighty warriors of Ephraim. They had all the right weapons, yet in the day of chaos, stress and war, they ran in fear. Here’s what caused them to run: they didn’t trust the word of the Lord.
“Though they were all equipped warriors, each with weapons, when the battle began they retreated and ran away in fear. They didn’t really believe the promises of God.” (Psalm 78:9-12)
Daniel found himself in the middle of a den of hungry lions though he hadn’t done anything wrong. Daniel faced down the enemy because he believed the promises of God. I’m sure he didn’t foolishly put his arm in the mouth of a lion…but in the middle of chaos and terror, he trusted God.
My message to you is: GOD’S GOT THIS.
God has already won the victory over death, hell and the grave. I choose to trust God.
Jesus said, “All the powers of hell itself won’t be able to defeat you. I will give you the keys to victory, my name and my spirit!”Let’s move forward with UNSHAKABLE FAITH. I’ll send you reports from Peru, Paraguay and Argentina. Watch Facebook.