In watching brother John Haller of Fellowship Bible Chapel in Ohio, he revealed that people are stressed out. And he even admitted to his own stress. He’s not the only one, obviously. And there’s nothing wrong with this.
Jesus went through a stress attack when He was about to be betrayed and crucified. Jesus prayed through it and the Father sent an angel to strengthen Him after shedding sweat with drops of His sinless blood.
“For consider Him who endure such contradiction of sinners, Who for the joy that set before Him endured the cross despising the shame and is set down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.“
In this “time out” imposed on us by the lifting of God’s hand of protection, allowing the coronavirus to run worldwide, stress has come upon almost every man.
Make no mistake about it. Should the coronavirus extends its life or as determined by virus experts, a resurgence or a second coming hit, it would further impose significant financial stress in every market in the world.
It’s clear that people are more worried about their financial situation than they are with their health.
We’re seeing signs from the Trump administration that there’s strong consideration of opening back the economy, even with strong evidence that the coronavirus may be with the world for the foreseeable future. While at this point, Trump is heeding, for now, the advice of the experts. But you can see that he’s antsy.
This is the thing about the rich. The only score is money.
We pray to the Father, in Jesus’ name, that any decision he and other leaders make will not impose a greater hardship upon the people of righteousness.
This would be a catastrophic mistake simply because if more people die or are too sick to come to work, or if people protest the return to work, either way, it’s a nail in the coffin moment should this, and other nations return to work.
For those that are stressed out………
Psalms 57:1-2 (AMPC) “BE MERCIFUL and gracious to me, O God, be merciful and gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge and finds shelter and confidence in You; yes, in the shadow of Your wings will I take refuge and be confident until calamities and destructive storms are passed.
I will cry to God Most High, Who performs on my behalf and rewards me [Who brings to pass His purposes for me and surely completes them]!”
Look at what happened to Peter….
Matthew 14:28-33 (NKJV Strong’s)
“And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”
Peter was in the middle of a crisis. They were caught in a storm, the Lord walked on water to meet the disciples, Peter asks the Lord to walk to Him, Peter took his eyes off the Lord, Peter began to sink, Peter prayed to the Lord to be saved. The Lord saved Him.
Folks, if you’re in the coronavirus storm, call out to the Lord to be saved.
One of the most difficult things to do is to calm down while the boat is rocking or sinking.
Mark 4:35-41 (NKJV Strong’s)
“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
Much like what the Lord shared with us in the Zoom video made today.
A few years ago, my family and I were flying back to NY but we had a connecting flight. We flew from Los Angeles to Colorado, then had to board a flight to get to NY. From Los Angeles, we flew over the Rockies. All the pilots in the world know that turbulence is a clear and present danger to all airplanes.
The turbulence was so intense that the pilot turned on the seatbelt sign and manually took control of the airplane. We’ve flown in turbulence before but this flight was the closest where I thought we weren’t going to make it.
This coronavirus is the same way.
We were all peaceful and in some semblance of safety, then, just like 1 Thessalonians 5, then sudden destruction.
The Coronavirus storm.
Just like viruses are contagious, worry is contagious as well.
Men’s hearts are failing them for fear……..this Scripture is consistent with what’s currently happening, and indicative of what men’s hearts will be when the real fearful sights come to play.
Luke 21:25-28 (NKJV Strong’s)
“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
But the Scriptures, before the coming of the Lord gives us exactly what true believers must do to not allow fear to overwhelm them.
Philippians 4:4-7 (NKJV Strong’s)
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
As I’ve stated before, one of the most difficult things to do is to not worry when you’re in the middle of a crisis. Worry and fear, if you give yourself to it, will cripple your ability to think soberly.
We have to read the Scripture and then choose not to give ourselves to fear and worry. That’s where the stress comes from. Uncertainty of the times brings a sense of anxiety that paralyzes the weak.
So, when you go to the Scriptures, you have to choose one of two things.
Either give yourself to it, or refuse to give yourself to it.
When you give yourself to fear and anxiety, it will push on you until you’re self convinced that there’s no way out. You’ve reached the end of your rope. You have calculated that there’s no way out and it’s hopeless.
Folks, when you make that calculation that it’s hopeless, then you’re about to make a decision to end your life, or ride through to the storm.
Should you choose to ride through to the end of the storm, it’s clear that you have not chosen to take your life. But even then, you give yourself over fear and are paralyzed. So terrified that you don’t do anything about the situation. Numbed!
So paralyzed that prayer to the Father in Jesus’ name is a non existent thing. We’re encouraged to ask the Father, in Jesus’ name for relief of the situation.
So when you’re stressed out, it’s not the time to yield to it. It’s the time to ask the Lord for relief.
Psalms 34:9-10 (NKJV Strong’s)
“Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him.
The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.”
Returning to the fear of the Lord means that sin is no longer a course of your life. The fear of the Lord returns. Then there’s a payoff. Return to the fear of the Lord, seek Him and there you will lack no good thing.
God promised this in His Word and we can either flow with this or reject it.
Should you reject this, there’s none to save you but the Lord.
It’s easy to be well and say this. It’s easy to say this when you have all that you need. But when you’re unemployed. When you’re sick with anything, this is the point. It’s a choice you make.
So if you’re going through this coronavirus, whether you’re well or sick, whether your job doesn’t exist, the Word tells us not to be anxious for NOTHING.
Man is looking for peace and tranquility. Well, “And the peace of God which surpasses ALL your understand, shall keep your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus.”
Easier said than done?
More difficult done than said?
Folks, put your trust in Him and don’t give yourself to stress.
The One that created you will get you through this.
Give yourself to His peace and don’t give yourself to anxiety.
You can see the video from Fellowship Bible Chapel that I shared about here