Hi everyone. It has dominated the consciousness of most of the world since December 2019. COVID-19 or coronavirus disease 2019. Using a genetic “key” copier so to speak, it is able to make a copy of the key to enter a particular cell in the lungs, which then causes damage to that tissue producing damage to the breathing function. There are many variables that influence the course of illness if there is exposure and subsequent positive testing. This can range from no symptoms to acute respiratory failure and subsequent death. Variables such as age rarely adversely affect children, whereas elderly persons are more susceptible. Chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, obesity and others can adversely affect outcome.
There is yet another component that is a part of the mix which is ubiquitous to our human experience. Fear. It is worse than COVID-19.
Fear. It is worse than COVID-19.
The Word says that we have not been “given the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind,” (2 Tim 1:7). As a part of standard protocol, when someone is admitted to the hospital they are given what is called “ulcer prophylaxis”, which means medications are given to reduce the acid in the stomach reducing the risk of a stomach ulcer. In the context of prolonged fear, the body responds with the so-called ‘flight or fight’ response to raise blood pressure thus increasing the stress on the cardiovascular system which heightens the risk of heart attack, stroke, or worsening kidney function if there is some baseline dysfunction. The skin can respond to stress (fear) with itching, rashes; some can lose hair. The mind is the part of our being that perceives or understands what is happening and depending on it’s filters; anxiety, frustration, anger, depression, sadness and other fear driven spirits can infiltrate the person which can lead to hopelessness in the soul. The prognosis for the fear “viral infection” is grave because it leads to the “waxed gross” condition (Matt 13:15), making the heart “thick, to make fat…metaphorically to make stupid (to render the soul dull or callous).” (1) The mind that has not been renewed will not be able to resist the spread of the ‘fear virus’ when the storms come; when the elements are tested under strong winds, earthquakes and fire (1 Kings 19:11) and the storms on the seas (Matt 14:24) are raging. So, the apostle Paul is entreating us to “let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:5) so when the heavy rains come and the winds blow and the house (us) is “beat upon” it will not fall because it is built on the “rock” which is Christ (Matt 7:25, Matt 16:18). It’s the pattern of the apostles to prepare their students (disciples) to walk on water in the storms. Two thousand years ago history wrapped this treasure in the pages of the Scriptures.
Mat 14:26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear (emphasis supplied).
Mat 14:27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
The sea of humanity is presently bombarded with ‘COVIDitis’, economic crisis, racial prejudice, spirits of murder, riots, “wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass” (Luke 21:9). The only way to have that peace that Jesus gives is to be impregnated by His Seed, “the Word of God,” (Luke 8:11). Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me,” (John 10:27) even walking on water. That is what true apostles do. They guide us back to the revelation of Christ (Rev 2:5). That is what apostle Michael Petro has been supernaturally doing for the last twenty plus years. That message is what Jesus “the Apostle and High Priest of our profession” (Heb 3:1) prophesied to John in the book of Revelation. Until we all grow up to be like Christ, He gave some “apostles, and some prophets; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers” (Eph 4:11). The prognosis is good if we receive the medicine of “the engrafted Word, which is able to save our souls,” (James 1:21). Like turning on the light causes darkness (ignorance, fear) to leave, so it is when we enter into the process of the “Sun of righteousness” rising in us “with healing in His wings,” (Mal 4:2). John the revelator reminds us, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). So, there it is! The cure for what is worse than coronavirus: fearitis.
The cure for what is worse than coronavirus: fearitis.
As with Peter, we must step out of our boats onto the turbulant waters, keep our eyes on Christ manifesting the kingdom here “in earth” (in us) as it is “in heaven” (in us) in the “regeneration” (genesis again) of all things (Matt 6:10, Matt 19:28). Until the next portal, walk in perfect love.
1. Thayer’s Bible Dictionary “waxed gross G3975”
2. All scripture references the King James Version of the Bible