“Have I not commanded you to be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD, your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
World Health Organization declares that Coronavirus is now a Pandemic
Amid the pandemic spread of the Coronavirus is a wave of rampant fear. We must face the fact that many Believers are just as fearful as those who do not believe in God. Do you really know who God is?
And God said to Moses, “I am Yahweh–the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as El-Shaddai–God Almighty…Therefore, say to the people of Israel: I am the Lord. I will free you from your oppression and will rescue you from your slavery in Egypt. I will redeem you with a powerful arm and great acts of judgment. I will claim you as my own people, and I will be your God, then you will know that I am the Lord your God who has freed you from your oppression in Egypt. Exodus 6:2-3, 6-7
In Exodus chapters 8-11, we read of the plagues that God inflicted on the Egyptians because Pharoah refused to free the enslaved Israelites. Even after the death of the firstborn son and the firstborn male animal in the land of Egypt, including Pharoah’s son, he changed his mind after freeing the Nation of Israel. …” What have we done, letting all those Israelite slaves get away?” they asked. Exodus 14:5.
God intentionally led Moses and the people through the wilderness where the Red Sea presented as the impossible watery obstacle that caused the faithless Israelites to regret their freedom and blame Moses for leading them to their death. But it was the “I AM” who placed them in front of the sea to reveal that He is the Power and the Glory.
Pharoah, full of wicked arrogance, chose his best chariots, and commanders to chase after the people of Israel. As Pharoah approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the Lord, and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness?… Exodus 14:10. As foolish as this seems, many of us are in the same spiritual predicament as the Israelites. Despite the miracles and blessings that God has showered down upon our lives, many Believers are still afraid of the current viral epidemic. Read Exodus 14:15-31.
Our knowledge of God must extend far beyond just believing that God exists. We must establish a covenant relationship between ourselves and El-Shaddai–God Almighty. The measure of faith that all have received is unable to grow without doing what is necessary to establish a strong bond with God. Our relationship remains superficial, and our spiritual growth is stunted when we possess an unread Bible that collects dust on the shelf. The Holy Scriptures were gifted to us to reveal who God really is: Loving, Compassionate, full of Grace and Mercy, Powerful, a Provider, Savior, Redeemer, All-knowing, the Beginning, and the End.
Prayer is the only viable source of communication with God. Through prayer, we receive the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, Instructor, and our Protector, who always reveals the will of God. I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! Isaiah 65:24. The Holy Spirit is able to readily communicate with us by revealing God’s plan when we pray. Have you ever prayed with a confused mind and a spirit of unrest, and following your prayer, you felt peaceful, and the unknown answer was revealed, as you wondered where are these thoughts originating from?
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have told you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid. John 14:26-27
Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 John 1:2. We must take the necessary precautions to sustain a healthy mind and body during this pandemic. Even so, let go of all fear and discontent; fear destroys the mind and our faith and trust in God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15
Certainly, it is not our desire to contract this virus; our best defense is to learn who God is by praying and trusting in His power. Pray for protection over your life, and pray an intercessory prayer for the protection of others. Faithfully trusting and believing that God will hear and answer our prayers should leave us with comfort and peace. Remember, He is the Almighty. When we do our part, all fear will leave our minds, and we will have the same confidence in El-Shaddai that the young Hebrew men had when they were facing the fiery furnace.
“If the God whom we serve exists, then He is able to deliver us from the blazing fiery furnace and from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden statue you have set up.” Daniel 3:17-18
Oh friend, do you know Him?
Preparing for Eternal life.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020