There’s a Chinese curse that says, may you live in interesting times. And it seems we have “interesting” in spades this year! We’ve just officially entered into possibly the weirdest, most non-connecting holiday season of our lives (if our governing authorities have anything to say about it), along with so many other negative things that come in the name of being safe.
God made us to be relational beings; we need connection, which is why “social distancing” is so unnatural, making it very easy to get discouraged and lose sight of our lives, who we are, and even Whose we are. The non-stop media wants us to live in constant fear of Covid, our government wants us locked down until the end of time, all of which makes us frustrated and uncertain about the future.
Nevertheless, to all of that, I agree with Bryan and Katie Torwalt’s song, “Prophesy Your Promise,” when they make the following declaration:
“Fear can go to hell
Shame can go there too
I know whose I am
God, I belong to You”**
I could add, “2020 can go to hell!” LOL! Actually, I won’t declare that because I know that God is using these “interesting times” to show me how to live an overcoming life. As James said to us:
“If your faith remains strong, even while surrounded by life’s difficulties, you will continue to experience the untold blessings of God! True happiness comes as you pass the test with faith, and receive the victorious crown of life promised to every lover of God!” (James 1:12 TPT)
You see, we will never know the “untold blessings” or experience “true happiness” and receive the “victorious crown of life” (reward and blessing, both in this life and the next) unless we learn how to stay strong in our faith, no matter how difficult our lives might get.
We must always remember that Jesus told us what to expect, but also how to overcome it all in Him:
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV*)
Jesus has overcome this world, and God has placed you in Him, so the secret to staying strong in the midst of uncertain times is to participate in the divine nature according to the promises of God!
4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Pet.1:4 NIV*)
In addition to all of this, Paul told Timothy to “wage a good warfare” according to the prophecies spoken over him:
18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare (1 Tim.1:18 NKJV*)
Has God spoken something to you personally? Has He given you specific promises in the past? Then use those prophetic promises to fight the good fight. And a good fight is one you always win!
So stop right now and take stock of your current emotional state. Is there anything you’re fearful about? Do you feel downcast, disappointed, frustrated, anxious about the future? Have you lost sight of what God is doing in and through you? Whatever negative thing you’re feeling right now, just remember the following words of this song:
“When I only see in part
I will prophesy Your promise
I believe You, God
‘Cause You finish what You start
I will trust You in the process
I believe You, God
You set a table
in the middle of my war
You knew the outcome of it all
When what I faced looked like
it would never end
You said, watch the giants fall
And the lies I once believed
At the weight of Your truth
And the fear that gripped my heart, is arrested
So that I can see You”**
I invite you to listen to the following video. Just take the next few moments…pause…just breathe…soak in the words and let your spirit soar!
And yes, fear can go to hell…and anything else that might try to keep you and me from the promises of God. Amen.