So … I admit I … just like so many others … am a bit of a control freak. And I like to be in control of my circumstances and events and surroundings. I strive to have answers and a plan for everything. Can anyone relate? During this time of uncertainty, it is increasingly more difficult to feel in control due to daily changes in our world. It is imperative that we take a moment to take a deep breath and bring ourselves back to a place of peace. Peace is not an emotion, but rather a place we choose to reside in Christ. We CAN choose peace over fear even when things seem out of our control. One thing I know is that we may not be able to control what’s going on around us or what’s happening around the world, but there are a few things we CAN control.
Here are 5 things we can control during this out of control, crazy time:
1. Where we place our trust
Let’s take our faith to the next level. We must step into a place of trust. So we can trust God (see Isaiah 26:3) Faith is a result of my encounter with God, but trust goes a bit deeper. Trust is a result of God’s reputation and my relationship with Him. People are looking for answers, be the one who directs them to God, the one they can fully trust.
2. How we react to fear
I love what Winston Churchill said, “Fear is a reaction, courage is a decision.” We must not panic, but rather, use wisdom in our actions (see Proverbs 3:5-6). When we lean into God and listen to His voice, we will have peace in the face of fear. Fear is not the absence of courage; it is the embryo of courage. It is courage waiting to be awakened. Be the calm in the storm that directs people back God, the one who can calm them.
3. Choose to disarm fear through God’s word
2 Timothy 1:7 tells us that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but power, love, and a sound mind.” We need to understand that God did not leave us defenseless. He gave us 3 very distinctive weapons to defeat fear when it attacks our hearts and our mind, He gave us power, love, and a sound mind!
4. Take control of our health
We can take care of our health so that we have the best chance of fighting off sickness. Use this time to connect with your family while everyone is confined at home. Spend time with your spouse and your kids. This is a great time to make good on those new year’s resolutions and work on your physical and mental health. Now is the time for us to model that we take care of every aspect of our lives…mind, body, and spirit. 3 John 2 says, “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”
5. How we treat others
Sometimes, when we are feeling out of control and frustrated and have no answers, it is really easy to think we are the only ones going through difficult times. This is a great time to model and practice patience and self-control and compassion (see 1 Peter 5:8-9). Let’s remember that we are all in this together. We can be those who offer hope in the most difficult of times.
Control: Final Words
For all my friends out there who struggle, as I do, with control issues. Now is your time to shine. Stop focusing on what you cannot control and start focusing on what you can choose to do. Choose to rise up and be the voice of calm, the voice of clarity and the voice of hope and watch and see if it doesn’t become contagious. Let’s continue to pray as one body and one voice for our world to have peace and clarity and relief in the form of a supernatural intervention miracle for this virus to be eradicated. Let’s stand united and all work together to be part of the solution instead of the hindrance to our breakthrough.
Read more about breaking fear and the three weapons to defeat fear in Pat & Karen Schatzline’s book, “Restore the Roar”, available at www.restoretheroarbook.com
Watch and listen to powerful messages by Evangelist Karen Schatzline by going to their YouTube channel, “Pat and Karen Schatzline” or click: www.youtube.com/RemnantMinistriesInternational