DISCERN THE ROOT OF PEOPLE’S NEGATIVE EMOTIONS – DON’T CONDEMN OR JUDGE THEM

In this time of turmoil, remember to check in with one another… “Are you ok?” is a question worth asking. What you’re saying is “I care about you or how you’re feeling”.

Don’t judge or condemn if they don’t handle things as well as you do. Their feelings are relevant to THEM. Their level of faith, confidence, strength, etc may not be as high as yours but still, try and “hear” what they have to say and let them know that you understand and you care. This is called COMPASSION. Remember, you’re dealing with a PERSON.

Ask Holy Spirit to show you the underlying reasons for why they are panicking. Often “Fear” has other counterparts, they rarely come alone… so DISCERN the spirits behind the fear & panic. Ephesians 6:12 says we wrestle not against flesh and blood.

Brethren, let us PRAY for one another, especially the weaker ones with weaker faith. Don’t ask them “You are a Christian… where’s your faith?” Leave the door of TRUST open for them to tell you why they feel this way so that YOU can put YOUR own faith into practice and pray for them.

Allow me to expand on this.

Last week I was speaking to someone who had contacted me because of how scared she was about the Covid-19 situation. Inwardly, I asked Holy Spirit to give me understanding as I listened to her reasons for why she was scared. Holy Spirit showed me that the root of her fear lies in the trauma of losing a parent at a very young age. The fact that her husband is now in a high risk situation has triggered the trauma from losing her loved one to rise to the surface. Holy Spirit showed me she already has faith BUT what she was lacking at this time is the PEACE that passes all understanding. I was able to counsel and pray for her accordingly and offer words of comfort, love (which counteracts fear) and the shalom of the Lord.

Philippians 4:6-7 says “Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.”

Declaration:
Yeshua is my Shalom, my Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
I am free from anxiety because I have found PEACE with God (Phil 4:6).
I have faith in His promise that no weapons formed against me shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17).
What, then, shall I say in response to these things (the corona viruses)? If God is for me, who can be against me?   (Romans 8:31)

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate me from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus my Lord. (Romans 8:38-39).

Be covered by the flood of Jesus you and your whole household.

Anne Janssens
16 March 2020

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