For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
As a believer in Christ, you ought not to be acting like the world during the Coronavirus pandemic. Along with the Coronavirus pandemic we are also seeing a pandemic of fear. In the light of the Scriptures, we should be walking in expectation and confidence because we were already warned of these times from Jesus.
And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
From the words of Jesus, we can see clearly there will be four things evidenced in the last of the last days before his return,
Wars and rumors of wars
Pestilences - also known as fatal epidemic diseases, plagues and viruses
These have been unfolded before our very eyes and yet the instruction from the Lord was very clear,
Take heed that you are not deceived
See that you are not troubled
Be not terrified
Fear will paralyze people into a place of victimhood and helplessness
Deception comes from not knowing the truth and fear is a result of your eyes and ears focusing on wrong information affecting your heart. Again, let us heed what the Master said, 'And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.' (Luke 21:25, 26)
In the last several days we have seen the expressions of the distress of the nations of the earth. Nations and cities are literally in shutdown mode. The stock markets, the world's economies and the world's financial states are in chaos. Jesus then said, Men's hearts will fail them for fear and for looking at the things which are coming on the earth.' He called them fearful sights.
I have said it before and I will say it again and again, 'I expect the world to be in fear but I do not expect the church to be in fear!' Why? Because the Lord already told us these things would happen but we should not be focusing on the seen but upon what is soon to come.
And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
When we see these things coming to the earth, our eyes should not be on things beneath to cripple us with fear but our eyes must look up for the Messiah coming in the clouds to take away his church - the imminent return of the Lord in the Rapture of the church. Jesus said, 'Look up for your redemption draws near.' So if your heart is failing you today it indicates that you are looking and focusing on the wrong things. Never forget these sayings,
What you look at the longest becomes the strongest
What faith is to God is what fear is for Satan
Fear activates Satan like faith activates God
What blood is to a shark is what fear is for Satan
Fear attracts the hands of Satan to move in your life like faith attracts the hands of God
Fear in its final analysis is paralysis
Fear will paralyze people into a place of victimhood and helplessness. Perplexity, confusion and immobility are signs that fear has invaded your heart. At the moment of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the fear is being perpetuated by the 24-hour news media of the world. If it was just useful and objective information, you would gain understanding and fight the virus like any other virus we have seen before. These days the news media have injected itself in political biases and agendas, therefore everything is reported through this lens to the detriment of innocent people. I can't speak for all the news media of the world but I can certainly speak for what I see in the Western media. It is always about an agenda rather than just reporting the news and objective solutions.
What should be the believer's response during the Coronavirus Pandemic? There are three B's which are important for the believer,
The Book - the Bible, which has absolutes, the first and final authority, the manual for living and information to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil
The Blood of Jesus - purchasing our victory, our healing and redemption
The Blessed Hope - the imminent return of Jesus
Living by the precepts of the Bible, under the covering of the blood and looking for the Blessed Hope will keep the believer from a fearful heart and deliver victory. As far as the world is concerned, this is what you need to know and what they are doing,
Globalist Agenda - New World Order, the ultimate goal of Satan to exert his influence and dominion.
Thought and behavior control - demonize biblical values and promote debauchery as normal under the guise of tolerance
Loss of freedom - promoting socialism leading to communism leading to totalitarianism leading to chaos and lack, leading to the Antichrist as the false Messiah, leading to people taking the mark of the beast