Hi! I hope this finds you well and coping in a positive manner during this COVID-19 pandemic.
I have to admit, I’ve had a couple of times when I felt panicky for a minute or two, which felt longer since I rarely panic. I immediately turned to activities that decompress stress.
One time, my husband was at home, so I told him my fear. He has a calming type of personality and he gave me a hug. Words of assurance accepted, big breath, I regained equilibrium.
The second time, he wasn’t home, so I spoke out loud (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV), “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
The Bible says in (Rom 10:17, NKJV), “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Speaking God’s Word over whatever I’m dealing with does something in the supernatural realm that I can actually feel in the earthly realm that I’m inhabiting. My anxiety lifted after I spoke 2 Timothy 1:7.
When I hear other people’s angst over the phone, I’ll mention something that helped me and God’s perfect peace that passes all understanding envelops me so I don’t take on their distress. I’m able to pray for them or share a Scripture and then rest in God afterwards.
My mother-in-law’s favorite Psalm was Psalm 91 and last night I read it out loud, as Marilyn Hickey suggested back in 1986, when I was in the midst of a trial and she was speaking via the radio. This is the gist of what she said, speak Scriptures that pertain to your predicament and see God move according to His Word. The Bible says God can’t lie. If He spoke it through His Word, it comes to pass in the context of the Scriptures.
Malachi 3 tells of God scolding the Israelites for stealing from Him by not paying their tithes. He said to prove Him now in this. Give to God’s work and He’ll open the windows of heaven and have man pour into your bosom.
Having re-dedicated my life to follow Jesus in the early 1980’s, I read this Scripture and then said, “God, You said to test You in this,” so I put $15.00 in an envelope and then in the mailbox to send to a televangelist. The mailman hadn’t picked up the mail yet when my youngest sister pulled into our driveway. She loved to give gifts to people. She beeped the car horn and called for me to come outside. Her trunk lid was open and a large television set was inside.
“Look at this color television set I just won at Sears! I’m giving it to you!”
We owned a smaller black and white television set. “Why don’t you keep it for yourself?”
“I just bought one and it’s nicer than this one, but only by a little bit. Don’t you want it?”
“Sure,” I said. “Thank you!”
Then it hit me, Malachi 3 said to give unto God and He would have people give to me! Oh, hallelujah! What a blessing!
Over the years, I’ve experienced God’s Word is true. When I worry about health, immediately I pray to thank God for His Word that says, “I am the LORD Who heals you,” (Exodus 15:26c, NKJV).
I am practicing safe distances from folks, washing my hands, staying home way too much for an extrovert and actually getting things done that have been weighing me down. I’m also imploring God to let this pandemic disappear as soon as He wants it to, the sooner the better from my perspective.
Last night, I prayed the “Our Father” as taught by Jesus and found in (Matthew 6:9-13, KJV): “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Mat 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Mat 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
“God’s will be done and deliver us from evil!”
May God bless you and yours!