I've been in the poking fun at the Swine Flu quite a bit up to this point... but it's telling of where I'm being God-pulled on this issue.
I'm praying against fear.
I'm praying that people don't stop moving about the globe, their country, their city, their schools, or their mission field because of fear... OF FLU. On the surface, it's easy to look at our Western reaction to (I repeat) FLU... and conclude that we're the biggest bunch of sucks around. In case you hadn't noticed, an illness 8999x deadlier than the Swine Flu has been ravaging Africa for decades. And in case you hadn't noticed... Africa sees God move in living color. Healing... Mass Salvation... They do "the STUFF." Sickness not only doesn't make people immobile... it often invigorates them into action. In my flesh, our panic over FLU is maddening and grossly disproportionate on so many levels.
But that's fear for you. Fear stops you in your tracks and tells you the immobility is safer. Our mandate from the lips of Christ Himself couldn't be more contrary.
He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."
Mark 16: 15-18
We're supposed to laugh in the face of sickness... not hide from it. In the name of Jesus, for the sake of spreading His fame, we can be bold, prophetic, crazy-go-nuts, snake-handlers. Fear squashes this. And fear is a spirit. Therefore flesh-mad at it is pointless. Spirits are changed IN THE SPIRIT.
"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 of this moment... the W.H.O says that 236 on the planet have the FLU. And as a result, Mexico City's economy has ground to a halt. It will likely put many out of work, bankrupt businesses, ruin family vacations, and halt the movement of those endowed with the Spirit of the living God to claim health in themselves and others... all around the world; because of fear.
How am I praying about the Swine Flu? I think it's exposed what is ACTUALLY and epidemic in our land. Fear. I'm praying against fear.