There is a massive spirit of fear over the world, Australia and even the church. As we learn to identify what this Spirit is and how it influences how we live, we can go back to the Word of God, the Bible, and seek to understand what God had written about how we are to live out our faith in these very challenging times.
We always must start by understanding who God is and, secondly, our identity in Him. As we know He is our Creator, we read in Colossians 1:16 that he created all things and FOR Him. When we understand this truth, we can start to have faith that even though Satan and his helpers feel in control, God's plans and purposes WILL happen as all things were made for Him, even when they think they are not! Even when the circumstances look like God is not in control.
16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16. NKJV
As we understand this, we are also encouraged when we find that God is calling us not only to be His children but to be His sons. (This term means position, not gender.) As we are growing and maturing, God is calling us to grow up and develop into sons. As we do this, we are in tune with the Holy Spirit and not only hear but obey what the Spirit is saying. I can see that being a Christian is like being an ocean liner. Reading the Word sets us in the right direction, but the Holy Spirit gives us small direction changes as He guides us. If we want to get to where God wants us to be, both are essential! The Word and Spirit must work together, so we are not misled!
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Romans 8:14 NKJV
There are seven critical stories from the Word of God that are encouraging to read as we struggle with hard times. All accounts show something about how to walk in the Spirit.
Story 1: Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego (Daniel Chapters 1-4)
I do not know how it felt for these young men to be taken from their families, homeland and all that was familiar and placed with the king who gave a command that they were to eat from his table. I am not sure what I would have done, but obeying the king would have been on the top of my to-do list. However, these men decided right from the beginning of their time in this new land that obeying God was more important than following man. By not eating the king's fancy food, they would not be defiled and therefore remain holy before God. When other things arose, including not praying to God and bowing down to a statue of the king, they did not have to make a decision but did what they chose to do right at the beginning, which was to put God first. What was interesting was at each challenge, God promoted them when they obeyed Him. It is worth a read.
20 Daniel answered and said:
"Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. 21 And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. 22 He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.
23 "I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, And have now made known to me what we asked of You, For You have made known to us the king's demand." Daniel 2:20-23.