For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
The spirit of fear is real.
And it is NOT from God.
Nor are the feelings of panic or anxiety.
They are also NOT from God.
Rushing to purchase extra toilet paper stems from fear.
Combing stores for even more supplies rises from fear when your pantry is already overflowing.
Submitting to anxiety while watching the news creates a response in your body that long term, will lower your immune system.
Science backs it up.
Fear is not good for you.
Fear binds you up.
Fear causes you to react irrationally.
It is the opposite of peace, which is ordained by God.
Instead of fear, God has given us power.
He has given us love.
And He has given us a sound mind.
When we refuse the thoughts of fear and embrace God’s words of truth,
When we submit to His love for ourselves and others,
And when we use His power to stay in peace,
Fear will melt away.
Anxiety will leave.
Our mind, body, soul, and spirit will be filled with Him.
Choose to focus on Him.
Choose to weight fear with wisdom.
You’ll be able to walk away from the toilet paper, the eggs, or the cleaning supplies at the store, leaving it for someone who really does need it.
Yes, we all like to be prepared, but let it rise from wisdom, not fear.
And in the end, trust in Him for all of it.
Even more toilet paper.
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