The world is under the confusion of the devil. What’s wrong seems right (like abortion) and what’s right (good relationship with Israel) seems wrong. He uses confusion to rob us of our peace. When circumstances leave us bewildered and life appears chaotic, emotions like anxiety and fear will often arise. We need to remember that God is not the author of confusion.
“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” 1 Corinthians 14:33 (NKJV)
“Whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” 2 Corinthians 4:4 (NKJV)
Confusion can develop into fear and anxiety. Many people are so paralyzed by fear they won’t leave their homes or get back onto the horse they once fell off. Some Christians are so afraid they stop dead in their tracks and withdraw inwards, unable or unwilling to proceed with God’s plan for them. We can’t hide our lights under a bushel. Even with Covid-19, we are commissioned to share the Good News. We were built for relationship, so congregations (being wise and following health protocols) need to gather for fellowship and worship. Families need to participate in holiday round ups.
“No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light.” Luke 11:33 (NKJV)
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)
The enemy is the father of lies and will try to convince us that God is incapable of helping in a particular situation. The China virus, the presidential election, the economy, the unbelieving loved one who won’t accept Jesus as Lord are just a few of the scenarios that come to my mind. But we serve a BIG GOD. Nothing is impossible for Him. He parted the Red Sea, miraculously healed, turned water into wine, calmed the sea, and rose from the grave. His thoughts are always toward us and He longs for our fellowship. All prayers are answered but, in God’s time and way.
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” Jeremiah 32:27 (NKJV)
“But Zion said, ‘The Lord has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.’‘Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.’” Isaiah 49:14-16 (NKJV)
God sent the Holy Spirit to live within us. The Holy Spirit is called The Comforter, The Helper, The Spirit of Truth. When confusion and chaos swirls around your head ask the Holy Spirit to dress you in the spiritual armor of God. This way, the helmet of salvation and the breastplate of righteousness will guard your heart and mind. The Spirit of Truth will expose the lies of the enemy and restore your strength. The devil will work hard to rob us of our peace and our hope.
Memorize 2 Timothy 1:7. God gives us a sound mind that is not built on fear but love and supernatural power. We are to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
“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 (NKJV)
“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.” John 15:26 (NKJV)
“Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NKJV)
Finally, pray for wisdom. It is freely given. Chaos and confusion may simply be the result of our thinking things should go a certain way and in our timeframe. Remembering God is in control and that His way is always best will likely tear down any stronghold of fear we have given the enemy. Trust in God’s faithfulness and love. He has not forgotten us and He will work all things out in His perfect time.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 (NKJV)