The whole world is panicked due to the present pandemic that has hit the world and squirming like a poisonous snake. It is not more of the Corona Virus itself, but the Media and the news channel are magnifying THIS virus. They are causing more panic and fear and taking advantage over the peoples lives for their selfish benefits.
Corona Virus is hyped so much because of the social media power . Today 2 billion people use Watsapp, 1.69 million users on Facebook . It is the power of social media
How should Christians deal during this time of major epidemic? Aren’t we the ones who speak more of faith and courage and boldness and peace? should not we the church be a beacon of peace and hope at this time of fear and confusion in the world?
Please allow me to share with you what the Lord taught me this morning when I went to God to communicate with Him in quietness. We as Christian should practice these few things as we verb our belief.
- Pause From Panic
The enemy wants us to fear and panic with every small and big news. The world is unbelievably professional enough to pour more fear and panic during the time of epidemic. Thanks to the force of the social media usage all over the world. We Christians are called to focus on the Word and not in the world. Focusing on the word of God and keeping our eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ will bring peace in the midst of Panic. We are called to be still, to be at peace and rest in the Lord. Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
2. Praise In Peace
No matter what happens in the world, we have a great hope that while we are in the world the Lord Jesus is with us and if we die we will be with Jesus. We should praise the Lord in every situation. There is no good that has ever come from being fearful but yes praising God has broken the chains and opened the gates of the prison and shaken the earth. Psalms 56:4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
3. Pray For Protection
We need to pray for one another. We need to pray for our church, we need to pray for those who have been effected with this pestilence /plague / virus/ diseases etc that they may be healed. We need to pray for the doctors who are working in the midst of such patience . We need to pray for the leaders to make proper decisions for the protection of the people. May we come under the wings of God’s mercy and protection and find His warm love. Psalms 57:1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
4. Prepare To Meet Thy God.
These are some of the signs of the Lords coming. God is trying get the attention of the world and trying to speak to the world and specifically to the church . We must get ready and prepare to meet our God for His coming is nearer than ever. Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
5. Present Your Bodies
Yes those who are sick should certainly be careful not to pass on to others. They should stay home . My dear friends, brothers and sisters but these are NOT the time where we shut our prayer hall, church buildings and stay home but these are the proper time when we must open the doors of church buildings wide open and gather together and pray and call upon the Lord. These are the times when needy and seeking people would want to come and repent and call upon the Lord. Jehoshaphat knew very well what to do when pestilences come and we should follow the God of the Bible and not the government of the world during such circumstances . 2 Chronicles 20:9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help. Some may become too wise and say well I am in the spirit, but know that we are commanded to worship the Lord with our body, soul and spirit. Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Psalms 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Psalms 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
6. Promises To Be Claimed
God has promised us so many times and in so many pages of the Bible. ‘Fear not for I am with you’. It is not just to be read but to be claimed in such a times as this. Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
7. Proclaim The Gospel
These are the time to proclaim the gospel to as many as possible and in many different ways. We can preach from the pulpit, preach in the street, pass out gospel tracts, write a gospel letter, mail a gospel of John to a friend, call on the phone etc. God is patiently waiting for many to repent. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Dear readers do not be afraid , fear not the Lord is with us and He will protect us and bless us. Don’t let these virus take away our joy and peace. We are more precious to God and He has us in His hands .