Greetings people of God! The Great King Above All Gods (Psalm 95:3) is still on the throne and He is still working “all things together for the good of those who love Him and walk according to His purpose”. (Romans 8:28) One of the ways the enemy is trying to harm God’s people is through depression, anxiety and fear – have you or someone you know experienced those troubles? As many of us experience a season of being “locked in”, and as the economies suffer and people argue and emotions run high, we can all struggle with moving forward. It’s an attack! But the Lord has a plan of victory for His people! Yes and amen!
Today, I am sharing this important and timely article I wrote for Crosswalk.com called, “God Has Grace For Your Worst Quarantine Days” and I know it will encourage and inspire you and put your mind and heart at ease as you navigate the choppy waters of this season! Remember that fear is the biggest tool Satan uses to paralyze God’s people, so we must draw close to God who is LOVE and “perfect love casts out fear.” (1 John 4:18)
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[Note: Below is an excerpt from the article, per a publishing agreement with Crosswalk. To read the entire article, make sure to click on the Crosswalk.com link below!!]
By Alicia Purdy, Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer
During this season of quarantine, how are you holding up? Most people are experiencing both good and bad days, depending on the day. We’re all wondering: when will this end? More than likely, it will not “end,” but will slowly develop into a new way of living and will change how we interact with the world around us. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing!
There will be some natural changes, like greater attention to hand washing, but there will be physical, emotional, and spiritual changes as well. Physically, we’ll learn to be more proactive about health needs, addressing illnesses, and protecting ourselves and others in crowds. Emotionally, we’ll have had some time to reflect on family and work dynamics, areas where we can do better going forward, and how to build relationships with intention. Spiritually? All the ways! God has lovingly used the fallen condition of the world and its consequences, like COVID-19, to reveal His faithfulness, power, grace, and love. Has it been easy? No. Does God bring purpose to every problem we face when we walk according to His plan? Yes! (Romans 8:28)
“Both fear and love are choices, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy choices. There will be plenty of unknowns in this season, and plenty of God’s grace available. The enemy would love nothing more than to keep you gripped in fear so you cannot make good decisions or so that you’re ineffective in Christ… People are dying, but people are also living..”
Quarantine may be a physical requirement, but it is not a spiritual one.
“…The enemy will try to keep you overwhelmed. God will try to lift your burdens. You can’t do this without the Lord’s help. Hold that perspective, run to His grace, and thrive.”
REMEMBER! Quarantine may be a physical requirement, but it is not a spiritual one. Give yourself grace as you muddle through this temporary shift into technology for connection.
Scroll through each tile in the article to find perspectives and encouragement from the Word of God and find these 5 tips for leaning into God’s grace through this crisis:
- Grace at home
- Grace within your church family
- Living in grace with the Lord
- Grace amid fear
- Grace for all the roles you have to play