Where Are the Faith Filled Warriors? – Conclusion
“Are you taking the opportunity to show the lost you are fearless, full of faith and joyful? Or do they sense your anxiety about coronavirus?
“A crisis of faith has been exposed. Coronavirus is embarrassing the church.
“Have you noticed any difference at all between the godless world and those who are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus, the Healer? Bold decrees of faith, not confessions of fear and worry, should be exploding out of our mouths!
“Instead, Christians are hiding in caves, running from the battle and trembling not in the fear of the Lord, but the fear of the enemy.
“Sure, take precautions, but don’t cower. Don’t respond like the world. Don’t allow the enemy to impact your life. Live! Be free! You are covered by the blood of Jesus!
“Of all people, we should be the ones preaching faith not fear. Put the ridiculous spiritual face masks away. Your mouth is your weapon! Don’t allow the enemy to muzzle you. Speak to the fear and command it to dissipate! Renounce the tactics of the evil one! Let the world see just how powerful Jesus is and how different his children are! We run to the battle!
“‘He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.’ (Psalm 91:1-3; ESV)
“God’s instructions in Psalm 91 are to reject fear! That is your initial strategy, not antibacterial soap and fist bumps.
“‘You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.’ (Psalm 91:5-6; ESV)
“Is it okay to take precautions? Response is good, reaction is not. The moment fear or worry enter in, we can know the spirit behind coronavirus has touched us even if the disease has not.
“People are refusing to travel, cancelling vacations, rejecting invitations to public gatherings, hiding away at home and waiting for the world to end. Yes, this is absolutely embarrassing and is no way to represent our mighty Healer!
“We need an awakening of bold faith. It’s time for God’s people to rise up in the face of the enemy, with fire in our eyes, and cast him out! We fear none other than God, and we will, as a unified army, assault the darkness and laugh at the threats. You are in this army, mighty warrior. Take your stand and let the world see you are fearless, relentless and full of the fire of the Holy Spirit!
“Even if safety demands a physical mask, take off your muzzle and open your mouth. The world needs to hear the message the enemy is trying to shut down. It’s a message of healing, freedom and abundant life.
“The lost are not safe! I leave you with a commission. Those who don’t know Jesus, who have rejected his leadership and lordship, are in grave danger. We shouldn’t be surprised when trouble comes, and though we have an advocate, those who have said no to God do not.
“We must intercede for them, we must war on their behalf. Messages of awakening should be sounded night and day. They are not in a safe place.
“‘If you are not careful to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, the LORD your God, then the LORD will bring on you and your offspring extraordinary afflictions, afflictions severe and lasting, and sicknesses grievous and lasting.” (Deuteronomy 28:58-59; ESV)
“‘Your life shall hang in doubt before you. Night and day you shall be in dread and have no assurance of your life.’ (Deuteronomy 28:66; ESV)
“Doubt is hanging before our nation. Dread has come. Assurance of life is fading, for the lost, that is. The redeemed, you and me, are the ones with the answer, the solution, the antidote!
“We need a massive move of God, a revival, an awakening in our nation. Faith is our only hope and repentance is their only hope, but what a great hope it is!
“So, let’s end the embarrassment as we put on our armor and arise as mighty men and women of God, filled with faith and driven with a passion for the lost. I pray this current crisis will be just what they need to turn to Jesus in full force.” (Article by John Burton)1
“Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge—no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. (Psalm 91:9-10; ESV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
Read Psalm 91 out loud as a declaration of faith.
Read the contrast of blessings and curses God declared over the Hebrews in Deuteronomy 28. The choice now is to be obedient and choose Christ, or to be disobedient to God’s plan of salvation. Make a conscious choice to choose obedience to Christ or the fruit of rebellion.
Make this statement, “It’s time for God’s people to rise up in the face of the enemy, with fire in our eyes, and cast him out! We fear none other than God, and we will, as a unified army, assault the darkness and laugh at the threats. We will take our stand and let the world see we are fearless, relentless, and full of the fire of the Holy Spirit!”
Be driven with a passion for the lost and intercede for “those who don’t know Jesus, who have rejected his leadership and lordship, are in grave danger.”
Cry out for a great awakening in our nation!
A prayer you can pray:
[Before you begin to pray today, read Psalm 91 out loud as a declaration of faith. Also, read Deuteronomy 28.]
Father, the earth is experiencing a very unusual circumstance. People are consumed with fear over a virus. The flu is common and kills tens of thousands every year, but we “know” the flu. COVID-19 is a virus we don’t know. It is an unseen enemy, and the terror is of the unknown. Each of us calling ourselves “Christians” must make a choice. We must either declare our love and trust in You before the world around us or we must choose disobedience to the precious life laid down for us. We must be obedient or rebellious to Jesus. That is a choice we did not realize we are making, but it is exactly what we are doing. It’s time for Your people to rise up in the face of the enemy, with fire in our eyes, and cast him out! We must fear none other than You. If we will, as a unified army, we will assault the darkness and laugh at the threats. We will take our stand and let the world see we are fearless, relentless, and full of the fire of the Holy Spirit!
Let the lost see Jesus in us! Let those who don’t know Jesus, who have rejected his leadership and lordship, see they are in grave danger. They must see Jesus. What a perfect opportunity we have if we will intercede as if their lives depend on it! Indeed, they do! We cry out for a Great Awakening, Jesus! Come and save the people You gave Your life for. Amen.
Today’s decree (by, John Burton):
“Faith is our only hope and repentance is the only hope for the lost, but what a great hope it is!”
1 Excerpted from “Christians Are Being Embarrassed by Coronavirus”, by John Burton. Originally published by The Stream.
Read more about John Burton here.
From “Give Him Fifteen” prayer devotional
By Dutch Sheets