Whether you realize it or not, every day you answer the following questions:
1. What do I believe about God?
2. What do I believe about myself?
Yes, theology and identity decisions influence every part of your life. This is especially true in times of crisis, such as the coronavirus crisis.
The coronavirus crisis is a global threat uniting our globe.
We, as a human race, are fighting a global enemy. Yet, as believers, we know we’ve been fighting a global enemy since the Garden of Eden. The three-step battle plan for victory is the same:
As a follower of Jesus, you must remember Who God is and what He has done in your life. He is faithful, compassionate, and merciful. He can take what is meant for harm and redeem it for good to help you become like Christ (Gen. 50:20; Rom. 8:28-29). God will never leave you nor forsake you (Deut. 31:6). His love never fails, even in times of crisis (Ps. 136).
Remember, as a dearly loved child of God in His forever family, your citizenship is not here but in heaven (Phil. 3:20). One day we’ll be with Jesus, where there is no more Coronavirus, hidden agendas, betrayal, pain, or evil. Heaven is our true home.
Take action: Print the Crisis Memory Scriptures and review it every day throughout the day. Stand firm on the promises of scripture, knowing God is real, and the Bible is true.
Do not give in to fear. The enemy wants you to question God’s goodness and fear your future. God wants you to respond with selflessness, help your neighbors, and use this as a time of displaying His light through us.
Caution: Fear and faith cannot coexist unless it is a healthy reverential fear of Our Lord. The type of respectful fear that compels us to no longer live for ourselves, but for Jesus (2 Cor. 5:15).
Take action: When you feel anxiety rising, and fear closing in, pray with authority: “I am a child of God with victory over fear. By the authority of God’s word and the blood of Jesus Christ, I command all evil to flee and not return.” Your words are powerful. Use them to resist the enemy.
Be smart. Wash your hands thoroughly. Follow the guidelines in your community. Most importantly, be a tone-setter. You can help redeem this crisis by responding to others with love, peace, and hope. Set a peaceful tone offering the hope found in Jesus, Our Great Savior.
Take action: Contact your friends, family, and neighbors, checking in on them and sharing the gospel. (Download the free ebook 10 Steps to be a Disciple-Maker of Jesus for ways to start a spiritual conversation and easy steps to share the gospel.)
If you have extra supplies, share them when you hear of a need. You might post on your neighborhood Facebook group that you have a few toilet paper rolls to spare. You can offer to help the elderly in your neighborhood with supplies or meals since they especially cannot go out. Be sure to leave supplies on their doorstep so as not to come in contact with them. Fortunately, with today’s technology, we can remain close during times like this and also protect others from exposure.
Each day, when you remember who God is and who you are in Christ, you can take action to make a difference. Remember, resist, and respond. Jesus is with you always, and He has overcome the world (John 16:33).