Precious sisters, let’s not give in to fear. Our God is still on the throne. His love and promises can absolutely sustain us even in the coming months.
A pandemic like this helps to expose areas in our faith where we are weak. It is a reminder to keep our priorities on eternal things, not earthly things. It is an opportunity to grow spiritually by leaps and bounds. And it is an incredible opportunity for us, as believers, to share the hope of Jesus and His salvation with those who don’t yet know Him.
Jesus told us that pestilences, earthquakes, famines, wars and rumors of wars, etc… would come in increasing frequency and intensity as the rapture draws nearer. He has warned us to prepare us (Matt. 24:4-14). We don’t have to be afraid. God is bringing everything along according to His plan.
This is a wakeup call. It’s time to be alert to spiritual things and listening to the Lord, seeking and loving Him with all our hearts.
This is not the worst pandemic even in the past 120 years. And there will be many plagues worse than this that those who live through the Great Tribulation (who are not raptured with those who know Christ beforehand) will experience.
Most people will not get deathly sick with this virus, if it continues as it has been. For most of us, it will be mostly an inconvenience. But there are some who are more vulnerable—the elderly and those with certain medical conditions. We want to try to take good care of them and protect them from illness, if possible.
It is more dangerous than the flu that we are used to. And hopefully, it can be somewhat contained. Perhaps God will have mercy and stop it before it becomes widespread. But even if many people get sick, we will get through this together and with God’s help.
This is a perfect time to rest in God’s love and to stand on His promises. It is a time to be sure we repent of anything unholy and displeasing to the Lord in our own thoughts, words, and actions. It is time to make our relationships right with our husbands, children, families, coworkers, and everyone else as far as it depends on us.
It is time to come together in prayer and unity in Christ. And it is a time to let our faith in Jesus shine in the darkness.
We don’t have to be afraid of this virus or the fallout. We don’t have to be afraid of death. We know that the Lord has us in His loving hands and that He is able to use all things, good and bad, for our ultimate good and His ultimate glory.
If we know Jesus, we can say along with Paul, “to live is Christ and to die is gain”! Phil. 1:21
People are hungry for truth and for hope and the gospel. This is an incredible opportunity for us to rise boldly and to share hope with those who are afraid and lost.
- Spend time with the Lord.
- Spend time with your family.
- Use this extra time you may have wisely.
- Look for opportunities to share the love and truth of Jesus.
- Look for opportunities to selflessly serve.
- Pray for our leaders to have godly wisdom.
- Pray for God’s mercy on our nation and all nations.
- Pray for God’s provision for our countries, businesses, churches, schools, and families.
- Fast and pray for God to use this virus to bring a spirit of repentance, salvation, and holy regeneration across our land and around the world, that many might put their faith in Jesus and come into His kingdom.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son so that whoever believes on Him might not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16
The ABC’s of salvation:
A. Admit you are a sinner and you can’t meet God’s holy standard of perfection to have a right relationship with him now or to enter heaven on your own merit. Turn away from wrong thinking, speaking, and acting and humbly turn to God.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Rom. 3:23
B. Believe that Jesus is God in the flesh, the Savior of the world. Believe that He lived the perfect life none of us could live and that He died the awful death we deserved to pay our sin debt to God in full on the cross. Believe that God raised Him from the dead on the third day in victory over sin, death, and hell on your behalf.
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” Acts 16:31
C. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Lord of the universe and that He is now your personal Lord from this moment on. Decide that you will put your faith in Him and that He is now in charge of your life, not you.
“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” Rom. 10:9-10
If you are afraid and need prayer, please leave a comment to let us support you. If you have questions about salvation, you are welcome to ask here, or you can also go to www.gotquestions.org and search “salvation” or any question you may have about God, Jesus, the Bible, and God’s love for you.
Much love to each of you! We will get through this because God is with us and we have each other, as well.
A RESOURCE TO HELP YOU GROW SPIRITUALLY
If you would like to read a book that can help you develop the spiritual strength and faith you need to have during this pandemic and whatever other chaos may come, I invite you to check out “The Peaceful Mom—Building a Firm Foundation with Christ As Lord” whether you are a mom or not.
I go through all the baby steps in this book that God taught me about how to live in faith, not fear. The first half of the book is about your relationship with God. The second half is about how you relate with others, especially your family.
In Part One, we’ll cover things like:
– Examining the throne of your heart and how to be sure that Jesus is firmly on the throne.
– Putting your spiritual oxygen mask on first so that you have spiritual strength and blessings to give to others.
– How to find any lies in your heart and skewed thinking about God, self, and others that are keeping you spiritually stunted and stuck and how to replace those lies with the truth from God’s Word that can set you free.
– Taking responsibility for your own thoughts, words, and actions.
– Finding God’s victory over your negative emotions, including fear.
In Part Two, we’ll discuss:
– Modeling godly respect for God, people in positions of leadership, and all people.
– Ways we sometimes idolize other people and how when we do this, we can hurt our relationships with people and the Lord.
– Trusting God’s will for our lives and the lives of our loved ones even when trials and difficulties come.
– Developing spiritual vision to see through the lens of eternity as we look at things that are happening in our lives.
– Avoiding some common mistakes like being controlling, loving with strings attached, playing the martyr, and people-pleasing.
– Counting trials as joy and learning to find God’s blessings and goodness in the midst of painful things.
– Living out forgiveness, mercy, and grace in our own lives and setting a godly example for others as we let God’s Spirit fill us and have control.
These next few weeks could be the perfect time to really dig in and grow spiritually in your faith in Jesus and to let God transform you and conform you more and more into the image of Christ. You can use this time to let God help you grow and help strengthen all your important relationships with those you love.
Much love to each of you!
May the Lord richly bless you all! <3
How is God encouraging you during this time? Do you have any godly wisdom you would like to share?
Do you need prayers or encouragement? Please share in the comments.