"The angels of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them" -Psalms 34:7 NKJV
You may have heard or read that "do not fear" is mentioned 365 times in the Bible. It is no coincidence as God is the author of the Bible. We should fear Him, not man, or anything a man could do to us, including a man made virus yet people fear the virus. They think it is deadly and they need to wear a mask. In the Bible, when people had a contagious disease, they had to stay outside the camp until the disease had run its course or forever as in the case of the leprosy. The authorities in those days didn't make the healthy protective covering. No, I'm not going to write on mask wearing, but this is an example.
I know that there are Christians today who will say, "old testament is for the Jews", but the Hebrew writers wrote that the scriptures is alive and powerful.(Hebrews 4:12) and Paul wrote that is given by inspiration by God. (2Timothy 3:16) You want to read something inspiring? Read the Bible! It has many scriptures of healing, deliverance, salvation and impossible deeds!
Leaving Willmar Times, Marge felt the familiar panic rise up again as she limped out into the cold, dark night. Last night, a silver sedan had sent chills up her spine when the driver slowed just inches from where she waited for the bus—then he or she had sped away. Would that same driver come back? And her leg added to her panic.
This is just an example of healing but necessary about fear. Scripture says that fear brigs torment. If we are not deeply rooted in God's perfected love, it can't wash it out. Satan would love to remove God's love from us. All he would have to do is convince us that God doesn't love us.
"I prayed to God, and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears." Psalms 34:4 NLT
Psalms 34 is rich with God's promises and deliverance. He wants to deliver us and protect us. He sends his angels to guard us that we don't even need to fear, but often times we take our eyes off him and onto her surroundings as what Peter did. When he saw the waves, he feared he would drown. He called out to God and just as the scripture said, God delivered him. Sometimes God won't deliver us when we want him and sometimes, we inadvertently give the enemy foothold into our lives.
"After church, Julie surmised she would be safe as they arrived at the house. Eric was with her, and he would protect her, as God would do the same. The ranch seemed to have eyes that bored into her soul.
Even Eric looked uncomfortable. He glanced around as he wrapped an arm around her waist. He didn’t waste time retrieving his keys. He unlocked the door and hurried her inside.
While he checked to make sure everything was intact, Julie scurried up the stairs. Eric was still downstairs. No one was behind or in front of her. Why did she think Drew was waiting for her? God, forgive me for fearing.
She let her breath escape as she entered her room. She removed a pair of pants and pulled them up under the dress then she removed her dress...
“Nothing is amiss.” Eric startled her. “Sorry.”
“Ever since we left the church, I couldn’t help but sense someone watching us, following us.”
Early in my book, they discovered Beth's impostor took the key and they got into fear. They didn't feel safe. Julie thought, "God forgive me for fearing", but she didn't ask him to deliver her. of course, it doesn't hurt to play it safe, but when F(alse) E(xpectations) A(ppears) R(eal) plays a role, the devil comes in like a thief and played on their fear. Her fear? That Drew would rape her.
Even if we allow fear in our lives, God will still deliver us as the scripture states. I invite you to meditate on Psalms 34. Notice that it says the angels encamps around those who fear God? It didn't say around those who fear man. The fear of God is not the same as the fear of man. God wants our reverence and our worship. God frees us from the fears that brings torments. One of my favorite new testament scriptures states, "God's perfected love cast all fear." I am all for that! Let His love cast out your fears and wash it away.
There are two type of people who wear face masks: Those who submit to their governing authorities and those who wear them out of fear. When I go to a grocery store, I can tell who wear them out of submission. They are the ones who as soon as they leave the premises, remove their masks. They are the ones who don't wear them in their car. People don't like being told what they should wear and those in authority like to lord it over us. It relives me to see people because I am just like that. I can identify with them. To me, mask wearing is social control. Think of it this way: Picture a hand over the mouth. Could you speak if your mouth was cover? How about when a kidnapper covers your mouth? The purpose of that is that you don't scream.
I'm not saying that the virus isn't real. I know people have gotten sick or died over it, but it is how you react to the virus. The reason I don't fear the virus is because Jesus's blood protects me and I am in his protection. I have friends who are the same way. They don't fear the virus. The ones who do will make sure you stay 6 feet apart, wear the mask at all times, except when eating or sleeping. (I even seen them wear them in their cars or when they are outside..
Do you fall in any of these categories? Do you wear mask to submit to the authorities or are you afraid, you might get the virus if you don't?
Author of the Second Chance Series and owner of Unique Pen Press.