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Viral!

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of a sound mind. - 2 Timothy 1:6-7

This post is for me just as much as it is for you. I’ve been hearing constantly about the elections, the bleak outlook for our next President, and the state of America and the entire world (which is a mess). And all you hear on the news is there is no hope and we are doomed. Am I right?

And the thread of fear weaved through all of this is intense (and big). It can bring a lot of anxiety. Can anyone relate?

I decided I am tired of this line of thinking and need a dose of encouragement and hope. Will you join me today as we give ourselves a few reminders of the truth in the middle of a dreary outlook?

Reminder #1: God is on the throne and that same God is my Father.

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” - Romans 8:15

Are we remembering who we belong to? Our Dad is not the least bit surprised by anything that is happening, he never has been, and never will be.

Beth Moore said some things the other day that made me pause…

“Fear is going to go viral and we cannot go viral with it. We need to catch a different virus - the Jesus virus.” - Beth Moore

“We cannot give way to fear. We need to give way to courage and love and joy in a scary and hate-filled world.” - Beth Moore

This doesn’t mean we have to be in denial to what’s going on. We do need to know what’s going on and we do need to remain aware.

The world is in chaos and it will only get worse. It needs a do-over. We know this too.

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. - Romans 8:22

Reminder #2: This is about our witness, and our standing as children of God.

Do we have the courage (in this particular time in history) to stand up and say, no matter how bad this globe gets rocked, we know who holds it all in His hands?

“Do you have the courage to give God outrageous glory in this time?” - Beth Moore

I want to stand up a shout, “YES!”

YES!

Only by the Holy Spirit of God living in us can we do this!

Reminder #3:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. - Ephesians 3:20

Reminder #4:
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. - Isaiah 9:6-7

Can we spread some joy and hope? Can we make it go viral instead of fear?

Do we trust His sovereign rule and reign?

Oh Lord, we want to be a light in this dark world. We want to bring you glory and honor in the middle of darkness and chaos. Would you fill us with courage and hope, something other people see and can’t help but take notice of? Help us replace our fear with courage, and help us to bring you outrageous glory in this present time. Remind us that you never change and you are always in control of all things. Amen

Reminder #5:
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. - Hebrews 13:8

Thanks, Beth Moore, for encouraging me. I hope I encouraged you today as well.

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If you are an imperfect wife, mom, daughter, or friend, struggling to stay focused on God in the craziness and find joy in the heartache, then we have something in common. I am a recovering perfectionist and daughter of the King, slowly learning to fully trust the One who sees me just as I am, and is already pleased. I’m so glad you are here.

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