At the beginning of the year, God told me He was taking us out of a “manna” season into a “milk and honey” season. And although the current pandemic is a surprise to all of us, God’s promises give us vision for the future.
In Exodus 3:8, the Bible says, “So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.” We could say God came down to deliver us out the virus! He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
In addition to salvation, God’s purpose for our lives is prosperity. 3 John 1:2 says, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” So the question is: How does God take us out of “manna season” into a “milk and honey season”?
We could look at the children of Israel as our example. “For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief” (Hebrews 3:16-19).
The writer of Hebrews continued this discussion in the next chapter: “Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it” (Hebrews 4:1-2). So the first thing we see is that faith in God’s promises will bring us into the “milk and honey” season.
A virus cannot void a promise from God.
A lost job cannot void a promise from God.
Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Void means empty or ineffective. So there is nothing that can void God’s Word except our faith in His promises.
Remember, faith moves us through the wilderness. Fear causes us to camp out in the wilderness. I love Psalms 23:4 which reminds us, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
You and I have to constantly remember faith is not moved by the circumstances.
We can see this in action in the life of Paul. In Acts 20:22-24, he said, “And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
As I was flying home from Israel recently, the Holy Spirit said to me:
No matter what is happening in the world, we remain fearless!
Goliath spoke fear and the virus is speaking evil against the world.
The army was in fear but David ran towards the giant.
The Church will rise up and experience revival.
Our country may be in fear but the Church (like David) isn’t .
The Church, whether in buildings or online will be fearless!
Watch and see… Revival will soon be…
Pastors, prepare yourselves, the beacon of light has just been turned up!
The Church is shining brighter than ever before!
People all over are looking for the light in these dark times!
Worldwide Revival has now started in the Church!
This virus is just a giant that is being slayed!
A new king is about to be crowned and a new dynasty is about to start… A dynasty after God’s heart, like King David!
A new wave of God’s presence is coming, stirring the hearts of people to have God’s heart!
Do you remember the story of David and Goliath? In that situation, we see that the Israel Army was under attack– just like our world today is under attack. President Trump has even called this virus a “unseen enemy.” Goliath was challenging the army much like the coronavirus is challenging our world with disaster. But David stood up to the giant, and so should we, as the Church, stand up to the virus!
So how do we stay fearless?
First, stay focused on the vision. Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Secondly, stand firm on God’s promises. Psalms 91:9-10 tells us, “Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.”
And lastly, stir yourself up in faith! The Bible says, “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:6-7). And Peter said, “For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you…”
Remember, God is faithful! So you can stay fearless!