Acts 27:9-11 (NKJV) “Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, saying, ‘Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.’ Nevertheless, the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul” (emphasis my own).
Paul was on a long, dangerous journey by sea to Rome. Before starting out, Paul shared his perception with those in authority that they shouldn’t venture out due to the adverse winds. But they didn’t listen to Paul and set off anyway. Then the weather conditions became so perilous that everyone on board the ship had given up hope that they would safely make it to land.
This reminds me of this past year with the pandemic crisis, the political upheaval, and the protests that rocked our country. So many have given in to fear and lost faith in God. How did this happen?
In Acts 27, the centurion was persuaded by other voices rather than heeding Paul’s advice. Who is influencing you, persuading you? Who are you allowing to speak into your life? Who you listen to determines your internal operations. When I operate in faith, I know He will bring me through the storm. When I operate in fear, it is a roll of the dice.
Faith is formed in your spirit when you internalize the promises of Christ, “Surely I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). Somehow you know you will make it through the storm because the voice of the Lord produces faith and assurance.
On the other hand, fear is formed when you internalize this present world system. Fear will cripple you and bring about unhealthy emotional conditions such as worry, depression, and anxiety.
Have you given into fear and lost your faith in God during this pandemic?
Here’s how to regain your faith in God:
1. Take authority over what voices you allow to speak into your life. The more you watch the news or read online, the more depressed and fearful you will become. Turn them off and cut them out in order to cripple their influence over you. Add time in His Word, to build yourself up in your faith.
Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
2. Set your mind on Christ. Find the peace of God and be determined to stay in it.
Isaiah 26:3-4, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, the LORD, is everlasting strength.”
Lord, open my heart to hear Your voice. I cancel out every contrary voice that has produced fear in me. When I hear Your words, they produce life and peace within me, even when the storms are raging outside of me. Your word sustains me and gives me hope. The peace of God shall rule my heart, not fear. Amen.
In Control by Hillsong Worship and Be Still and Know by ALTR Worship