Devotional Nuggets

Devotional Nugget #13: When I am afraid…

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

Psalm 56:3

Over the past few weeks, the Covid-19 has been shoved in our faces at full blast. Instead of trusting God, people have been constantly turning to the media for comfort and advice which only increased panicking, fear, and anxiety which eventually led people to panic buy hand sanitizer, Lysol, and toilet paper.

“We mustn’t give in to panic,”

Emmanuel Macron (Current French President)

No matter what we’re facing, God is our source of protection. When we allow fear to control us, it takes root and gives birth to darkness that then manifests within us. This is a powerful weapon that the enemy can use against us to render us helpless. But God is even greater and much more powerful! 

The Bible is filled with a lot of comforting scriptures to help us quell our fear. These are a few of my favorites:

Psalm 91                Isaiah 41:10             Psalm 23

Psalm 56:3             2 Timothy 1:7         Deuteronomy 31:6

You can choose to guard your heart and you can choose to not allow fear to control your life. Choose God and allow Him to reign in your fears. Use this time to draw closer to God and to allow peace to embrace you through the Holy Spirit. 

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Application

Trust. Have faith. Eradicate fear. Pray. Justin Bieber said a lovely prayer after closing off an Instagram Live last Thursday by praying with his fans. I’ll leave it here:

“God, we thank You so much for this day. I thank You so much that You have everything in control. You know the beginning from the end and You’re not surprised by this whole thing that’s happening. God, we know that these things don’t come from You, that these things are unexplainable, but God, we trust You in these times, and we just ask God that You would make this go away as soon as possible, God. We just thank You so much for who You are, and we just ask that You would give us more answers. In Your name, we pray. Amen.”

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Devotional Nugget #2: Have you prayed for your enemies lately?💙

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Matthew 5:44

When I was a teenager, I used to say that I have no enemies, not knowing that they came in the form of a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor, or even a family member. And that one enemy can use your very own friends and family to turn against you. The world is also an enemy. 

Praying for our enemies is a form of love. When we pray for those who spite us, we follow the Saviour’s example as He hung on the cross. He could’ve asked the Father to persecute His enemies as they did Him, but instead, He chose to ask the Father to forgive them (Luke 23:24). Even when Stephen was being stoned to death, he followed in the footsteps of Jesus and expressed love for his enemies by asking God to forgive them (Acts 7:60). 

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I know it can be hard to pray and sometimes to forgive our enemies, but think about this: do you want to end up just like them? When we act spiteful, we allow hatred to fill our thoughts which in turn quench the Holy Spirit in our hearts and feelings gets in the way, and you may be tempted to spite, act out or even kill your enemy. But when we pray for our enemies, it eradicates anger and in some casts fear for perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). 

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Today’s Reflection

Before you pray for your enemies, release all negative thoughts including revenge and hateful emotions. Seek wisdom to pray and to love your enemies as Jesus did.