I want to share with you something that I HAD been conflicted over for a couple of days. Yes, I still learn, I still seek the Lord’s wisdom and I still grow in Him! Okay, that was my confession. But as I was praying for wisdom and guidance and especially since I am a teacher of the Word, I was asking the Lord about this situation of not being able to attend church services and such and the Holy Spirit opened my mind to something similar. Not exact mind you, but similar and I present it to you, as a child of God Almighty, our Heavenly Father.
Mind you, the world won’t see it this way, but those of you with the Holy Spirit abiding within will most likely see God’s hand in this situation and especially when it comes to the well-being and care of His children.
You can read the story of the Passover in Exodus chapter 11-12. What I want to point out to you is that during that final plague, the Lord told through Moses and Aaron that all the Israelites should go to their homes with their families and stay in their homes for God was sending an angel of death over all of Egypt. Almost everyone remembers the story.
I’m sure that some must have felt it an inconvenience and others were doubtful and maybe even a little fearful if at least not a bit anxious for not knowing EXACTLY what the Lord was going to do or how He was going to bring things about. You also know that even today, Passover is a main Jewish celebration observed according to the laws handed down by Moses.
We don’t often as Christians, followers of Christ Jesus even think of Passover because we recognize Jesus as our Passover Lamb given once and for all, for all of mankind. The Apostle Peter wrote, “Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” – 1 Peter 1:18-19.
So here we are today, the whole world being turned upside down with the fear and panic brought on by ANOTHER flu virus, this time the Coronavirus. The news media and social media platforms have done all they can, despite professional doctors and scientists information, to spread the tale of just how apocalyptic this virus is and it is probably the end of mankind as we know it! Yes, it is a serious flu virus, but so was the swine flu a few years back and it was almost completely ignored.
Today though, there is a spiritual significance to this and especially in Western civilizations and Nations. You see, we have ABANDONED morality and spiritual wisdom for progressivism, diversity and alternate lifestyles. These are all things that once were considered sinful and aberrant behavior but now are being “preached” as just another diverse lifestyle. Anything about God Almighty, His commandments and even basic moral principles are rejected as being archaic and obsolete and if you still hold to those ideals you are ridiculed and scoffed at as not with the times or inline with “civilized progress!” Just like the Prophet Isaiah warned about, those things that were wrong are now hailed proudly as the right things in society and those things that were right and righteous are now considered wrong, harmful and even dangerous to society as a whole!
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink, Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man!” – Isaiah 5:20-23.
This to me sounds absolutely prophetic for what we are experiencing today. Corruption and yes, even EVIL (and I don’t use the term evil, lightly) are blatant and no longer being hidden in the dark!
Since God’s Character and His very Nature does NOT change and His Word is eternal and unchanging, then what was once sin and abhorrent to God Almighty (and I might add the reason Christ Jesus came to earth) is still, to this very day, sin and abhorrent. God’s Character and Nature is Just, Holy and Pure. Yes, He is merciful and gracious by the very fact that He DID send His Son to pay the penalty for OUR sins, for He Himself is sinless! But in that unconditional Agape (love) He still does not condone or justify sinful and unrighteous behavior!
Yet today, mankind as a whole and especially those Nations who have been blessed by His grace and mercy and have prospered in so many ways, have outrightly rejected Him and His commandments to follow after loving one another and in fact have been blinded by the very enemy of their souls into believing that loving is based on emotional feelings for others rather than the voluntary, unconditional choice to ACT no matter how you feel! I truly believe that those who have rejected by their actions, God’s commandments have become reprobate in their minds and hearts and their minds have turned in on themselves and this is why we see so much confusion and contradiction in ALL areas of politics and celebrity and social arenas and not just here in the U.S. either!
So now we have the latest flu, Coronavirus. Instead of taking normal precautions against a new strain, the world as a whole, whose minds have been confounded and apparently turned in upon themselves have given in to untoward panic and fear and refuse to listen to common sense let alone spiritual wisdom.
But God in His mercy AND grace as given many of our Nations a reprieve by recently elected conservatives who still look to God Almighty for help and guidance. These men, whether knowingly or not are being used by our Heavenly Father to accomplish His goals and to protect His children during what is surely looking to be the start of judgement against a rebellious world who still claims “In God We Trust!” Though their actions deny it, their lips say otherwise and God Who has always been Just, Holy and Pure is finally saying, “You have my Word, you have my servants and yet you do not listen.” Now our Nations are being turned upside down by the flu!
Yet it is NOT the flu that appears to be the judgement on the world though serious in its own right it may be. It is the fear and panic that is causing more harm and damage and you just watch, the liberal and progressive politicians use this, all over the various Nations, to try and gain back what these conservatives who are being vessels of the Lord have tried to reestablish.
God has given His children safety and security under His sheltering wings. If we must stay at home and follow the “wise” government guidelines, do not forget that God Almighty, OUR Heavenly Father (not the government’s) is STILL in control and watching out for us! We can use this time to become reacquainted with Him AS a loving Father. We can rediscover what is most important in the lives He HAS blessed us with. We don’t have to panic, for the “angel of fear” will pass right over your homes and you know why? Because the doorposts of your heart have been sprinkled with the Blood of the Passover Lamb, Christ Jesus and His Holy Spirit is ABIDING in you as you abide in Him!! Now how AWESOME and reassuring is that? It gives me chills just sitting here writing about it!
Solomon in his wisdom wrote this and history has proven it time and time again; “That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us.” – Ecclesiastes 1:9-10.
This virus hasn’t take our God by surprise and in fact since He directs the steps of His children, our paths are laid out before us and all we have to do is walk them in faith! History has proven that the Lord ALWAYS takes care of His own while the world and its system of corruption and greed end up literally doing damage to itself if it doesn’t outright destroy itself.
So, do not fret if the government says to stay indoors. They don’t even realize they are actually doing what God wants them to do, not for their unrighteousness but for the safety and protection of His children. The safety we are assured of, isn’t just from the virus or flu itself, but from the foolish and unrighteous acts of those who have and will continue to succumb to panic and fear.
As an example; I live in a small Colorado community. Not much goes on here except now that marijuana has been legalized a lot more homeless and those who desire that drug easily and thus we have a lot more burglaries and a lot more robberies. But, a couple nights ago, not even a block away from us, two vehicles got into an accident and guns became involved. My wife happened to be out with our dog, Bella, and seen part of the aftermath of the commotion, as I said, not even a block away. God DOES and WILL continue to protect His own!
Will it be inconvenient? It already is with all the binge buying and hoarding that panicking people are doing. Will it be annoying? Yeah, but we can still have that spiritual Joy deep down inside that is promised by our Heavenly Father because of our place within Christ Jesus and His abiding by His Spirit within each of us!
As for me and my house, we will continue to serve the Lord and I REFUSE to panic or be fearful because my trust in not in governments or in an one person other than my Lord! If my family starts too, I have the Word of God on my side and the power of His anointing to remind them in Whose care we are in. I am telling you, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, do NOT forget that same thing! Remember, we ARE only pilgrims here, our home is in a precious Heavenly Kingdom and that is our ultimate goal and destination.
I told my wife earlier that I feel like the Lord has surrounded us with a protective glass and we are spectators looking out upon a world that is just going crazy. We NEED to remember to pray for those outside of that protection for one day, and it might be sooner than we realize, the time for the world will be over and the ONLY way after that time for them to be saved will be martyrdom due to the wrath of God that will be poured out upon the rebellious world!
One final thought to remember and more so if you truly are a child of the King. “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.”
“Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation . . .” – 2 Peter 3:9-15a.
The closer we get to the Father, intimately, the more we have the same desire as Him, that none should perish. When we can truly and sincerely say that, then we will know we are gaining in unconditional Agape, Love!