For those of you who have been following my blog, you know the messages I’ve been sending out over the years. Especially those messages that helps you to understand who you are in Christ and that you are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body and that we cannot allow our emotions or body to dictate our choices. This is a time to be sober minded. Sober means to be calm and collected, to have good sense, good judgement, wisdom, and level-headed in times of stress. In view of the health crisis I want to encourage you to be sober.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).
Fear can devour you if you don’t submit to God and resist it. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). Submit means to yield to a higher or superior authority and I can't think of a higher or superior authority than God and His word. Instead of focusing on fear, I have decided to make something positive out of my shelter in place situation. Here are a few points I want to encourage you with:
1. I’m taking stock of my own personal relationship with God and realizing that it can be strengthen during this time so I’m spending more time pursuing Him. I’m turning inward in a sense. Just reflecting and meditating on His word. Especially His word concerning fear and reminding myself of His promises. That they are true yesterday, today and forever more (Heb. 13:7-8).
I want to encourage you to take this time to genuinely pursue God. Whether it’s fasting to hear his voice more clearly or to gain inner strength. You can also spend time in prayer, just talking to God and hearing Him talk to you. You can also spend time in praise and worship telling God how great and wonderful He is, or reading the bible more. I want to encourage you to do more to be in His presence because it's your place of peace and protection. Last week I sent out a blog regarding Psalms 91. It talks about God has our refuge. If you haven't read it I encourage you to do so.
2. So many things are vying for our attention: The multiple emails we get, that text we just have to read and respond to. The list goes on and on as to what competes for our attention Where God is truly not at the center of our will anymore. A good thing can come out of this health crisis if we see it as an opportunity to reevaluate our relationship with the Lord and, perhaps, see how far we may have walked away from His presence with the day to day distractions of life. God is a God of relationships and He desire to have a personal, one-on-one relationship with His children so take this time to get closer to God, to pursue Him.
3. As you take inventory of your relationship with the Lord, consider this: Instead of pursuing God in your private time at home, you may have the tendency to rely on going to church as sufficient enough in pursuing God. I want to encourage you as I am doing, take this time to redevelop that one-on-one time with God in the privacy of your own home. May God grant you His peace during this time (Numbers 6:24-26).
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