God, What Now?
by Debra Joyce
When all we see around us is the world shut down, falling apart and the everyday life we experience has been brought to a halt by an invisible enemy…
Our minds are spiraling: I have lost my job! I can’t pay my rent or buy groceries? I have no other resources. Our feelings are also spiraling. Where do we turn? Feeling FEAR? WORRY? GRIEF? LOSS? Who do we call? Feeling ALONE? DEPRESSED? HELPLESS? What do we do? Feeling PANIC? ANXIETY? POWERLESS?
Feelings are real and powerful. God created them for us to use to express ourselves. Every great and perfect gift God creates, the enemy creates a counterfeit. There is a real and present danger at work here also: the devil. He prowl’s around like a roaring lion, he comes to deceive us, lie to us, form weapons against us, as he seeks to kill, steal and destroy us. See James 1:16-17, 1 Peter 5:8, Isaiah 54:17
I feel all the same feelings YOU do! I think all the same thoughts YOU do! GOD knows exactly what we are experiencing and thinking. This did not catch Him by surprise. He has NO shortages of ways to help us get through this! Each day, each hour, each moment we have a CHOICE in how we respond. Let’s look to HIS WORD at the options and promises He has for us. Romans 12:2 Be transformed by the renewal of your mind! It is possible to break these spirals by reading and speaking HIS promises out loud! See 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 and
Psalm 91. FUN FACT: There are 7,487 promises God makes to us throughout the Bible like Isaiah 41:28-31.
Who has the answers? The Government? President Trump? The news media? Medical Professionals? Each of these may offer an option or a piece to this puzzle and maybe worldly advice of next steps. However, there is only one true answer: GOD! BELIEF! FAITH! TRUST! Faith in GOD, salvation through BELIEF in Jesus Christ plus
comfort from the Holy Spirit; whom God has placed within each of us who ask and trust. HIS word is true!! His power is REAL and available to us every moment of every day. Tap into it often! See 1 Peter 5:6-11
The enemy has formed weapons against us from the very things GOD created for us as good: our feelings. They can spin out of control and take charge of our bodies, minds, and spirit, unless we continually CHOOSE to exercise our spiritual authority over them. This unprecedented disruption to our lives is definitely a spiritual
battle FIRST. Then, as we try to make sense of the chaos surrounding us, we have the God given ability to overcome. See 1 John 5:3-5, Proverbs 3:1-8, Ephesians 6:10-18
PRAYER is the weapon giving us direct access to the throne room, where our Heavenly Father, God waits for us to come to Him, for us to seek Him. In childlike faith, we crawl up in His lap, seeking His comfort, security, quiet rest and healing. His presence will cocoon us as He wraps His comforting loving arms around us, strengthening
us, re-filling us with fruit of His spirit, courage to face this chaos within us and around us. He continues to assure us of His love and equip us to defeat these enemies with HIS most powerful weapon, the blood of Jesus! Express your gratitude and thankfulness with praise and worship. Psalm 8, James 5:13-16, Galatians 5:22, Isaiah 54:17
Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus! Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever. WE CAN FACE TOMORROW BECAUSE HE LIVES! HALLELUJAH!
Blessings of JOY!
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