Be Strong and Fear Not

Greetings from Cornerstone,

Peace, God’s perfect peace, be with you all.

Fear is running amok today. It has even affected the body of Christ. Many are staying home from centers of worship. Afraid of something that should have no power over us. Yes, I believe in wisdom, and I believe we should use His wisdom as our guidance. But we should not walk in fear, but in faith.

This is the faith that can move mountains and this faith lives in all of us. It is the same faith that brought us salvation. It is a gift from God and it is useless unless we use it.

I have had several thoughts and verses run through my mind:

  1. No weapon formed against me shall prosper… (Isaiah 54:17). This virus is of the enemy. It is here to silence the church and its people, but it shall not prosper. We must speak against it and declare that is dead. It has not authority amongst the believers.

“But what if I get it and I should die?” “Will you say it prospered then?” NO! Because, you are a child of God and you have entered into His presence.

“Well, what about the lost?” Minister to them. Tell them good news. Jesus died that they may not have to. He came to deliver them. He came to set them free. And, if they accept this precious gift, then that weapon, once again, failed!

Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone cheerful? He should sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the church, and they should pray over him after anointing him with olive oil in the name of the Lord.  The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will restore him to health; if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.James 5:13-16

Come together and worship. Prayer, worship, and faith are the keys. We must use them. If you stay home, isolating yourself, you are not allowing the Holy Spirit to work in and through you.

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
He is my God, and I trust him.
For He will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Psalm 91:1-6

Have you stopped to think that fear is faith? It is faith in the reverse. Think about it! “Oh, no the Coronavirus!” “What am I to do?” “Let me see, I need to stock up on the essential supplies.” “I need to say home.” “I am so afraid.”

You have more faith in the virus than the One who can and has delivered you. You believe that this virus is greater than the One it must bow down to; for every name must bow down to the name of Jesus.  By His stripes we have been healed. Coronavirus was upon Jesus when He was crucified. He healed us of all diseases over 2000 years ago. We must start walking by faith and not by what we see or hear in the world. “Do not dread the diseases!” Do not give them any authority over you. You have been given dominion over this through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, for He is the Waymaker, the miracle worker. He is our deliverer, our Rock, and our Shield. He is our Peace in the midst of the storm. Turn your eyes upon Him.

I must confess that I stayed home. I have been healed of a viral respiratory infection but thought it best I stayed home. Not that I would catch anything, but because of this cough; in which I am healed of as well, might frightened people. Wisdom! I did not want to be a stumbling block. However, I missed my family of Christian brothers and sisters. I missed meeting with my life group – Prayer Warriors. I needed them.

You see, we all need one another to be strengthened, and in these days, we need to be with our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is this setting that the anointing is strongest. Yes, the Holy Spirit can move in your alone times. He has and will continue to do so, however there is nothing compared to corporate worship. So, do not let the enemy keep you away from the body of Christ.

Again, use wisdom. Let the Holy Spirit lead you. Listen to Him. Let His peace guide you in this and in all things.

If large gatherings make you uncomfortable, and if you are in the Shreveport area, we would love to meet at Cornerstone on Tuesday nights.

Blessings to all.