Once again, we find ourselves in a lockdown due to the pandemic. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we should not be living in fear. I know it is difficult with all the media telling us the worst. In faith during this pandemic and lockdown (state of emergency), we can know without a doubt, that God is still on His throne.
8 God reigns over the nations;
God is seated on his holy throne.
9 The nobles of the nations assemble
as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings of the earth belong to God;
he is greatly exalted.
Our eyes must be on Jesus. He knows the plan for our lives. Jesus knows what we are dealing with at this time in history. The wise thing is to look forward to the blessings and not worry about the challenges.
Thank Jesus for bringing us through 2020. It is our choice to turn to Jesus to get us through. He is always with us. It is us that stray away.
God is on His throne. During these uncertain times, spend more time in His Word and in prayer. Spend more time with your family. We need to stand firm against the evil one. Put on the armour of God every day.
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
As Christians, we need to be examples to others. We need to give others encouragement and hope, not reasons to add to their fears. We want to be like Caleb, one of the spies who came back from exploring Canaan with good news.
New International Version
30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
We should not be like the other 8 spies, who brought more fear to a fearful nation. They even said that they should go back to Egypt! So afraid, they were willing to go back to slavery. This is why we need faith and to pass this faith on to others.
Take assurance in what James said in James 1:2-3:
New International Version
Trials and Temptations
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
By Brian Elliott