The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is forcing places of worship across the nation to shut their doors. Two weeks ago, to protect its members and the community, Greater Life Church temporarily suspended in-person worship. For the first time in its 7-year history, the church did not meet in person for its service.

But the message and ministry isn’t changing. Through Facebook Live, service has been streamed, allowing us to come together in mind and spirit, reaching people, even though we can’t see each other.

This is a time not for fear, but for faith and obedience. At GLC, we’re placing faith over fear.

As Christians, we have the promise of God’s Word in our hearts. His Word is the most important thing we can place before us. Look to Him, not you favorite news station or social media channel for direction. He knew this outbreak would occur before it happened, He knows why it happened and He knows how long it will last. We will win this battle. God is in control and will act on the situation.

“The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.” – Psalm 103:19

Pastor Keith regularly stresses the importance of feeding our faith – this is a time where we need to be doing exactly that. I love the analogy he uses too, comparing our faith appetite to our physical appetite. If you don’t feed yourself with food, eventually, you will starve. The concept is the same with faith. When your faith is fed, your fears will starve.

Yes, COVID-19 is a very real threat to our nation. But God does not want us to be paralyzed be fear. “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

Instead, He wants us to balance our faith with practical precautions (“sound mind”) as evidenced above in 2 Timothy 1:7.  We all should follow CDC guidelines to protect ourselves – washing your hands and practicing social distancing does not equate to a lack of faith. We must use the wisdom God has given us in addition to our faith. Faith defeats fear.

Most people know Psalm: 23:4: “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.”

But how many actually live by this verse?

The choice is ours. We can live in fear during the COVID-19 outbreak – or – we can choose to submit to the one who has already overcome all fear. In these troubled times, let’s feed our faith and keep our heart, mind, and Bible open.

By choosing the Word of God, we choose faith over fear.

“Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” – Romans 10:17