This study is especially relevant considering the fear we see evident in the world as a result of the Corona Virus Pandemic. For Christians, this should be opportunity time, when we can tell those that are fearful, the good news of what Jesus Christ has accomplished for those that are prepared to repent and avail themselves of His saving grace.
Corona virus is a sign of the times and things like this will become more and more prevalent. Scripture prophesies, God will escalate a shaking of the cosmos with earthquakes, famines, pestilences and more, as the time of Christ’s return draws near. Those that don’t know God have reason to be fearful.
It is very significant that the first words Adam spoke to God after he had sinned, after he had disobeyed God were, “I was afraid” (Genesis 3:10).
The faith he had in his heart was turned into fear. This is why faith and fear are so closely related. They are almost identical. They work the same but they produce opposite results.
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2
This verse of scripture sets out the two basic spiritual laws at work in the
world: the law of the Spirit of life (in Christ Jesus) and the law of sin and death (in Satan). Webster’s dictionary defines a law as “an established principle.” You can depend on a law to work the same way every time. The two laws in Romans 8:2 are reciprocals.
Satan is a created being. He has no creative power. He did not put spiritual laws into motion. He just perverts the laws that are already there. Sin is righteousness perverted. Death is life perverted. Hate is love perverted. Fear is faith perverted.
Satan has used that perverted spiritual force of fear to kill, steal and destroy.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:14-15
If you will put faith to work, it will always overcome fear. Love always
overcomes hate. The counterfeit is never as powerful as the real thing.
When you separate yourself from God and from His Word, you separate yourself from life. Adam separated himself from life, and what happened? He died spiritually first and then began dying physically.
In the last days Jesus tells us in Revelation 2:10: “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days, Be faithful until death and I will give you the crown of life.”