Everyone is talking about the Coronavirus. Many organizations and businesses are reacting to this threat by canceling events and trying to reassure the public that they are taking adequate precautions. There is a lot of fear–even panic in some circles, and the news and social media are spreading fear.
As Christians, we should know the truth. And our decisions need to be based on something solid that we can count on–God’s Word. We want to use wisdom in our response so that we can stay in agreement with God’s will and enjoy His protection over us. Scripture tells us there are two ways to behave and our behavior exposes whether we are reacting in fear or responding in faith.
What Christians should do about the Coronavirus/COVID-19?
1. Respond in faith–don’t react in fear. As God’s people we are told that we are not to have a spirit of fear. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
So how do we stay in faith and not slide into fear?
Pray for protection and freedom from this virus based on God’s Word. Matthew quotes Isaiah 53:4, saying that Jesus took our “infirmities” and bore our “sicknesses.” The context here refers to physical healing. When you pray for protection, recognize that you are praying in agreement with God’s will, therefore you can pray in faith.
To avoid fear, don’t talk about what you fear. Don’t listen to others talk about in fear. But continue to build your faith in God as your Healer and Protector by reading scriptures that proclaim this truth.
2. Know the truth and put it in perspective. John 8:32 tells us, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
In the U.S. approximately 27,000 – 70,000 people die every year from the flu. Yet we don’t see all this hype and fear every year during flu season. Based current statistics, in the U.S. there are just over 1,100 diagnosed cases and to-date, with 31 deaths–13 of those at a nursing home. The most at risk are the elderly or those with underlying health issue or a compromised immune system.
Know your enemy. Satan, “comes to steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10). Satan’s desire is to spread fear–which is faith in a fearful outcome. If you allow fear to dominate, you open the door to Satan to bring the very thing you fear upon you. “For the thing which I greatly fear comes upon me, And that of which I am afraid has come upon me.” Job 3:25. Remember, if you tolerate fear, you contaminate your faith. Fear and faith cannot co-exist.
Jesus has given us His authority. “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19. Use the name of Jesus. Use the authority He has given to you to stand and speak against any virus or sickness from coming onto you. Refuse to accept sickness right now and don’t waiver in the future.
Put your faith into action by doing things in the natural realm that reflect your faith. Wash your hands often–especially if you have been in a public environment. Boost your immune system with healthy foods and extra vitamins. Get enough rest. And drink plenty of water. These are actions that help your body function at it’s best. As a good steward of your body, you are agreeing with God by your actions, that you are healed and walk in health.
Do the steps suggested by CDC. Go here to learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/
As American Christians we are accustomed to power and security. When we suddenly feel powerless and vulnerable it gives us the opportunity for growth and to be a witness. Jesus told us to let your light shine in a dark world (Matthew 5:14-16), and our response in a situation like this may be such a time to shine.
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