Do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God many false prophets have gone into the world. I John 4:1
It is now mid-January and most of us have reluctantly packed up the lights and tree. I decided to leave one item of decoration out because it really was not centrally Christmas but mostly just winter-themed. Another reason I left it out was that I was pleased with it. I thought I was very clever in making it. A simple crate with a scrap of material, greenery, lights, and three birch sticks. Why was this so “clever” on my part? Because my birch wood sticks were nothing more than painted paper towel rolls. By themselves painted and tied with a bit of twine they are not very impressive and it painfully obvious what they are, but once you place all the lights and greenery around them it gives a good illusion.
At a glance, you see what I want you to see.
Recently, no doubt you have been seeing a bit of razzle dazzle going on in the media. In the coming days, you will see even more. There will be times you are confused, outraged, and simply do not know what to believe. It is during these times we need to look to the One who knows all. He is not shocked or surprised by current events. James 1:5 reads, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Do not rely on your own understanding but ask the Lord to give you wisdom and discernment. Prepare yourselves to see beyond illusions and lies.
Beware of the razzle dazzle.
Typist of Jesus
Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1
I had stopped at the Dollar Tree to get a couple of things for a project that I am about to begin. While I was looking for the glue sticks, I heard a lady cough. That cough was then followed by an eruption of coughing. The cough was deep and raspy, it erupted from her chest and echoed throughout the small store. I didn’t pay much attention, at first, but then the hacking continued. I stepped out of the aisle and cast a caution eye across the shop. The store was quiet except for the coughing. The employees had stopped ringing, the customers had stopped shopping and the manager stood in the front. Her indecision written all over her face. It was mixed with a genuine look of fear. Everyone had stopped what they were doing and all their attention was focused on the middle aged lady in aisle three.
I will admit that for the first time during this Covid-19 situation, I was experiencing genuine fear. With every cough, my mind raced and questioned. Should I leave my shopping and exit the store? Could she be infected and has she just infected us all? The hurricane of questions gained speed in my brain, tearing through my sense of peace. I wasn’t the only one caught in the swirl of uncertainty. My fellow patrons stood motionless, their faces betraying their thoughts. The chill of fear emanated from us all.
God commands us to not fear. In fact, “do not fear” is in the Bible 80 times. Seems to me that if it is repeated this often, then God wants to bring home the point. Whenever we allow fear to control us, we are decreasing hope and limiting our victory. We cannot let hope fall to fear. We have to hold on to our hope in Christ with both hands. Without it, there is no victory.
I know that this is a confusing time, unprecedented in our lifetimes, however, no matter what you hear, no matter what you see, remember, God is ultimately in charge. You have nothing to fear. His Word tells us so.
Do not fear, but rather encourage your faith. Encourage those in your life. Do not let fear win over.
Typist for Jesus