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With the novel coronavirus being declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the world seems to have gone into panic mode and everyone is fearful.
While there is cause for concern, and we need to take the necessary precautions to protect those who are vulnerable, as Christians we are reminded that our God is always in control. He is sovereign (Ps 97:9), He has not given us a spirit of fear (2 Tim 1:7) and even when our faith wavers, He is ALWAYS faithful (2 Tim 2:13).
Here are 17 powerful scriptures to calm your fears about the coronavirus. Memorize them; mutter them to yourselves when you wake up… and when you go to bed; create a new song from them; stick them by your front door.
Do whatever you have to do to remind yourself that our God has the whole world in His hands and you don’t have to worry.
(N.B All scriptures are quoted from the ESV version)
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.2 Timothy 1:7
For you, O Lord , are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.Psalms 97:9
…if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.2 Timothy 2:13
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,…Philippians 2:9
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.Psalm 29:10
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.Psalm 23:4
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?Psalm 27:1
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.Isaiah 41:10
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea…Psalm 46:1-2
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.Deuteronomy 31:6
For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.Isaiah 41:13
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.Isaiah 12:2
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.Psalm 56:3
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.John 14:27
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.Joshua 1:9
When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.Psalm 94:19