I am officially COVID-19 negative!! Praise the Lord!
The past six weeks have been the hardest weeks my wife, Marsha, and I have ever faced. It made us realize more than ever before that no matter the difficulty of the trail, with God by our side we can overcome anything. It may not be easy, it will most likely require a lot of prayer and faith, but God will always bring us through to the other side.
Whatever you are challenged with today, whether it be financial trouble, marital issues, an illness, lacking a deep relationship with God, know that you can overcome it!
Isaiah 41:13 says, “For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.” God does not want us facing hardships on our own. He cares about us and wants to help us! You may be struggling in many different ways right now due to the current state of the world, but be encouraged, God loves you and He wants to help you overcome.
When we give our cares and worries to God (1 Peter 5:7), strengthen ourselves by reading His powerful Word (Joshua 1:8), and pray communing with Him (Psalm 116:2), we will always be victorious.
I challenge you this week, whatever you want to overcome in your life, ask God to intervene and help you. He loves you and when you ask for His help He is readily there to give it.
We will find out today whether or not Marsha is still positive with the Coronavirus or if she is now negative. Thank you for your continued prayers. The best is yet to come!
I believe as followers of Christ during this trial, especially, we need to be more authoritative in our prayers than ever before.
As I think of everything that believers are facing around the world I am reminded of the Apostle Paul. He is a prime example of someone who never gave up but preserved for the Gospel’s sake. He never lost sight of his mission or end goal and because of that, he had to be tenacious to overcome many trials.
How are we acting during this season? With tenacity, persevering as Paul did? Or passively just waiting for COVID-19 to be over?
Although the world has drastically changed, we still have opportunities to pray for and bless other people, as well as make a difference in the Kingdom of God.
I believe God is preparing millions of hearts around the globe to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. So as Paul preserved through many trials, I want Christians around the world to link arms and pray authoritative prayers for this virus to be destroyed and for people to realize how badly they need the forgiveness and love of our Father.
We will overcome this season with tenacity and come out on the other side more ready to persevere for the Gospel and souls that are still lost than ever before.
“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” ~ Ephesians 6:18
The most important words I believe I could share with you today are the words of our heavenly Father.
Psalm 91 is such a powerful passage of Scripture and reminder, especially during these unprecedented and sometimes fearful times.
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.
9 If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”
Praise God that we are able to read these verses when we need an encouraging reminder of God’s love, faithfulness, and protection over us!
As followers of Christ, we don’t just read the Bible to make us feel good or when we need an answer. The Words of God are breath and life to a believer, we receive wisdom, comfort, guidance, and joy by these words – as well as by the Spirit.
An analogy that I love is that people are like sponges. When you squeeze a sponge, whatever it has been soaking in will come out. In the same way when people are under pressure whatever they have been thinking about, listening to, or watching will come out; whether it be anxious thoughts and fearful behavior or the words and wisdom of God.
Especially during this time of tribulation, we must intentionally stay filled up with the powerful words of God. That way when we are faced with bad news or start to become overwhelmed by the current state of the world, we will not be gripped with fear but instead, the Word of God in us will be the encouragement we need to keep us going and believing God.
Matthew 4:4 says, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” (NKJV) A day should not pass that we neglect to read scripture and spend time in the presence of God. Not out of obligation, but because His words are life to His children and when we stay filled with the Word, we will be stronger and more capable of hearing God’s voice.
I encourage you not only today but every day, to set aside time just for reading your Bible. The Word of God in you will bring you abundant peace and strength as you face each day ahead.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” ~ Hebrews 4:12 NKJV