Stand Still

I can only imagine the panic inside each of the children of Israel as they faced their impossible circumstances. The Egyptian army was behind them and the uncrossable Red Sea was before them.
 
Exodus 14:13-14 says, “And Moses said to the people, Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”
 
That was then, this is now. We have the irrevocable gift of peace that dwells within us. Hold onto it. Don’t let it get trampled through the panic of those around you.
 
Jesus spoke this to His disciples in John 14:27. “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
 
Peace is of God, but paralyzing fear is not. Let Paul’s words echo in your mind and reverberate in your heart. Philippians 1:28 says, “And not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.”
 
Though we are not facing the same kind of enemy as the children of Israel, or Jesus’ disciples as He was getting ready to die, nor of the adversaries in Paul’s day, but we are facing a world wide crises.
 
The news is filled with fearful dire predictions. We do not have to receive them and take ownership of them. At any moment the Lord is able to turn this whole thing around. If He doesn’t, He will provide a way through.
 
1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
 
This C virus is not a respecter of persons. We are all being baptized in this very real adverse circumstance. We have a Deliverer! We must keep our eyes on Jesus. He will help us to stand, and to keep on standing in this day of evil and fear-producing virus. Don’t let your thoughts escalate, but bring them under control through truth. God is Faithful in all that He does and allows. Look for ways to sow that others may reap eternal life with Him.

Crush Panic With Truth!

Fear can escalate to panic when we dialogue with it. However, we can effectively CRUSH fear by allowing truth to fill our minds. There is a great picture for us in 2 Kings 7. Syria had besieged Samaria. When the 4 lepers found that Syrians had fled their camp, they went and told it to the gatekeepers.
 
Verse 17-20 says that the king appointed an officer to have charge of the gate. When the people heard that there was food, they trampled him to death in their haste. That is what we should do with fear–trample it to death in the gate of our mind!
 
Yesterday I read 2 Chronicles 16:9. It says, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…”
 
I love chapter 20. There were armies lined up to battle against Jehoshaphat. Verse 12 says, “…For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”
 
Verse 15 says, “…Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” Verse 20 Jehoshaphat said to his people, “…Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.”
 
Verse 21 Jehoshaphat appointed singers. Verse 22 says, “Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes…and they were defeated.”
 
Much of the American populace is in panic mode, as evidenced by the store shelves being empty of all paper goods, water, etc. We are not to get caught up through their panic. We are to stand in the promises of God.
 
His eyes are on the whole world. He is not UNaware of what is happening. Therefore we can trust Him to take us through this unprecedented season. We have nothing to fear because He is Ever Present with us. Psalm 15:2 says, “He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart.” Verse 5 says, “…He who does these things shall not be moved ( or shaken).”
 

Ask. Believe. Stand.

Psalm 2:7-8 says, “I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to Me, You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.”
 
The Lord appeared to King Solomon in a dream. 1 Kings 3:5 says, “…and God said, Ask! What shall I give you?”
 
If the Lord asked you to tell Him what you want (that is not material), what would you ask for? Perhaps you have connected this before, but the Lord connected it for me yesterday.
 
The nations are Jesus’ inheritance. We can line our prayers up with His will in 2 Peter 3:9. He is not willing that any should perish. The nations are impacted. The whole world is affected. We need to remember a very familiar verse: John 3:16. God so loved the world.
 
The same world that He loves is being affected by this C virus. Countless have died, and others are dying. There is only one hope. Salvation.
 
Let us join together and ask the Lord for salvation for the nations. Let us ask Him for wold wide revival. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able…”
 
In Matthew 19:24 Jesus had told His disciples that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to get saved. Verse 25 says, “…Who then can be saved?”
 
Verse 26 says, “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
 
Therefore world wide revival is possible! Let’s finish Ephesians 3:20. “…to do superabundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”
 
Mark 11:22 says to have faith in God. Verse 24 says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
 
John 15:7 is our qualifier. It says, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”
 
Our effective prayer avails much. Let us join together asking the Lord to work through this C virus to open hearts to accept His offer of salvation and become part of His eternal inheritance.

Remain Steadfast

Revelation 3:2 says, “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.”
 
Hebrews 12:27 says, “Now this, Yet once more, indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.”
 
The above two verses bring us into focus, as everything in our world is shaking around us. Take personal inventory. How is your heart? Are you being shaken by the news of the spread of the C virus?
 
Psalm 112:7-8 says, “He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established; he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies.”
 
No matter what dire straights the news predicts about the C virus , our heart will remain steadfast as we trust the Lord. He will keep us from the fear that seeks to suck us in because His abiding peace dwells within us.
 
1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
 
Hebrews 3:14 says, “For we have become partakers of Christ IF we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end.” The One who lives within us is: unshakable, impenetrable, All Powerful, Ever Present. Nothing is impossible for Him (Luke 1:37).
 
Therefore He secures our heart when evil tidings come because we are partakers of His very nature (2 Peter 1:4). We stand steadfast in His promises, allowing them to stabilize our hearts in these world-shaking events.
 
Faith comes by hearing His word. As we renew our minds, we strengthen our faith by bringing His word into our heart. I encourage you to remain steadfast and not allow what you hear to shake you–but to ground you deeply in His word that is Eternal.

Synchronized Prayer

Last night I was reading in 2 Chronicles and came to chapter 7. In verse 12 the Lord appeared to Solomon the second time. Verse 13 says, “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people.” I stopped right there. We are living in these times.
 
Hordes of locusts have hit and devoured food crops in Africa, and the C virus pestilence is spreading world-wide. What did the Lord say to do?
 
Verse 14 says, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.”
 
I think of Nehemiah’s prayer. He not only prayed for his father’s house, himself, but for all the children of Israel. Nehemiah 1:6 says, “Please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which WE have committed against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned.”
 
Nehemiah identified himself with Israel’s sins. That is a very powerful way to humble our hearts. As I identify with the sins of the world as though they were my own, it overwhelms me and renders me speechless.
 
There is a church in Nevada that is collectively praying wherever they are at 7:14 AM and 7:14 PM. I’ve joined them. Now I encourage you to join also. Let’s pour out our hearts in brokenness and humility for the Lord’s mercy on us all in synchronized prayer.

Set Apart

The Lord set apart the tribe of Levi to serve Him. At the end of King David’s rule, he gathered together all the leaders, with the priests and Levites. 1 Chronicles 23:3 says, “Now the Levites where numbered from the age of thirty years and above, and the number of individual males was thirty-eight thousand. 38,000!
 
You and I have been set apart to serve the Lord. I love to think about Jeremiah 1:5. It applies to us as well. It says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you…” Sanctified means to set apart.
 
Hebrews 13:12-13 says, “Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.”
 
Jesus’ priestly prayer before He went to the cross is recorded in John 17. Verses 16-17 say, “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”
 
Verse 19 says, “And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.” In John 14:6 Jesus said that He is the truth.
 
In this present world crises we are set apart to serve the Lord through our testimony of peace and rest. 2 Timothy 2:9 says that the word of God is not chained. We may be isolated in our homes, but we can pray!
 
We have an unprecedented opportunity right now. Let us be about our Father’s business in this time of world-wide crises. We are set apart to boldly approach His throne of grace, to find mercy and grace to help in the time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Prayer is a good work that we are preordained to walk in.
 
1 Peter 4:7-8 says, “But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.”

Face Off Fear

After the ark was brought back to Jerusalem, King David wrote a Psalm of thanksgiving. The first stanza is 1 Chronicles 16:8. It says, “Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples!”
 
A thankful heart in the midst of fearful situations is a sacrifice that pleases the Lord. Hebrews 13:15 says, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”
 
Giving thanks is God’s will. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
 
Thankfulness opens our heart and is reflected through our eyes and body language. It is a posture of heart-trust. Fear, on the other hand constricts our heart, and causes us to drawn inward.
 
An authentic follower of Jesus is a testimony in times of trouble. Paul addressed the Thessalonians in 1:7-8. It says, “So that you became examples to all…for from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth…Your faith toward God has gone out…”
 
We have the words of life! We are Jesus-ambassadors. We are called to proclaim His name to those around us. Proverbs 3:27-28 is a great mandate for this season of crises.
 
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so. Do not say to your neighbor, Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it, when you have it with you.”
 
I’ve always seen these verses as material things, but now I see them as giving out what sustains my own life–God’s word. I have the assurance of my salvation. Multitudes around me don’t. The Lord is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9).
 
We have His word to hide in when we are surrounded with fear-causing circumstances. What does an unbeliever have to hide in? Luke 21:26 says, “Men’s hearts failing them for fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth…”
 
2 Timothy 4:5 says, “But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”