Fear is the enemy of the soul.  When we allow fear to be the dictator of our lives, we violate faith. The two cannot co-exist.  One will force the other out.  Every newscast on every kind of media right now is full of fear.  They are using the word, pandemic as people are fearful of a new strain of virus that is become widespread.  In fear, people are storming stores, stocking up supplies.  Obviously, there is concern, but for the child of God we have a confidence! The entire Book of Leviticus God gave to Israel concerning daily living and personal hygiene.  God knew they would be going among unbelievers and He wanted them to be confident of His care for them.  Peter asked a question that is just as pertinent now as then: “…what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives.”  (2 Peter 3:10)  God clearly expects us to use good judgment in our daily lives in taking care of ourselves and those around us.  God does not want us to live in fear and full of anxiety. 

Here is something of significance you can personally do—pray for each other.  In your daily times of prayer and as the Holy Spirit brings the church family to your mind, call their names out to the Lord asking God’s protection over each and over our church family as a whole.  Sickness and disease are a part of the curse on the earth from sin.  We will deal with this until Christ returns and takes us to be with Him forever.  In the meantime, God has promised to be with us through all the difficult and what could be fearful days.  He said He will never leave us or forsake us and with that kind of a promise from God Himself, what do we have to fear.  As others around you are uncertain and perhaps fearful, this is a wonderful time to allow the peace of God and His overshadowing love to be seen in each of us.  Be a ray of hope not of fear.

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