About a month ago, a second lockdown began in Peru. The country is currently battered by a second wave of covid. Our city of Iquitos is suffering again, after several months’ reprieve without any new cases. Although the government had allowed church meetings to restart in November, they are now completely banned again. As a part of this current chapter, my husband Israel and sisters-in-law have been recovering from the disease. Thankfully, they are so much better at this point. However, it has taken over a month for Israel to feel almost back to normal.
Today I want to share with you that our Father God has kept my heart in so much peace through it all. I wholeheartedly believe that, even in times like these, it is entirely possible to live the way this verse describes: “They will not live in fear or dread of what may come, for their hearts are firm, ever secure in their faith” (Ps. 112:7, TPT).
How? How can we rise above fear and dread when reality seems dark? Paul gives us this answer: “I have learned to be satisfied in any circumstance…. For I’m trained in the secret of overcoming all things… I find that the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty” (Phil. 4:22-13, TPT).
It’s His power. On our own, we cannot muster up contentment, peace, and satisfaction when surrounded by adverse circumstances. However, He has made His power available to us. If we ask, we shall receive (Matt. 7:7). Receiving His impartation of power does not mean that life becomes smooth sailing without any difficulties. On the contrary! Life on Planet Earth will have a new set of challenges to go with every new season of our lives. But this Scripture explains what His strength empowers us to do: “conquer every difficulty.”
When the difficulties come, that’s when we get alone in our prayer closets. We get better and better and better, as life goes on, at practicing the exchange this same chapter describes for us: “Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will guard your heart and mind through Jesus Christ” (Phil. 4:6-7, TPT).
Here’s a very recent example from my own life. In the last couple weeks, my precious Anna has been sick too. Just the day before I wrote this, her fever reoccurred again (thankfully a low one). Humanly speaking, I could move into fear and/or dread. This feverish infection has dragged on for two whole weeks. I could give space to any number of ugly pictures of impending doom and dread in my imagination. But I didn’t. Granted, my momma emotions were troubled as my little girl told me she still was feeling significant discomfort. What did I do? I went to Jesus. I gave Him my burdens. He took them from me. He infused me with His power. And He gave me His peace.
The morning of this writing, Anna woke up feeling better. Great is His faithfulness! You know, part of our inheritance as co-heirs with Christ is to live free of dread. The deeper you get to the know the One who holds your future in His nail-scarred hands… the more your heart is held in His perfect peace.
P.S. A few more days have gone by since I wrote this, and Anna has remained fever-free! Also, the bad cough that was afflicting her suddenly disappeared almost entirely. What a beautiful Healer is our Jesus!!
Is God’s power available to everyone? Or do you have to be walking with Him for a certain amount of time before He will infuse you with it?