Are we not missing the entire point here? Judging by posts on social media very few Christian’s can even pray right. Ignorant declarations of Conquest in Christ are flying all over. Many of the Christians (churchgoers) posting this things are spending only 2% of their time praying,the rest they lavishly spend on Movies and telenovelas, social media eating and sleeping. Not preparing for he post-Covid-19.
If Noah stood out of the ark and declared “I shall not die but live to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Would he have survived the flood. What if Moses and Aaron ignored the precautionary instruction of God during the last plague and stood outside their doorposts to sing ” I am more than a conquerer (against the angel of death) in Christ Jesus.” Would they have lived through that particular plague? What is Lot would turn back to carry his wife saying “I can do all things (even carry my darling Pilar of salt) through Christ who strengthens me” what would have become of him?
The blood of Jesus is great than Covid-19. Do not fear. Have faith that this will pass. Yes, you shall not die but live. In the meantime do the right thing. Don’t face this Goliath with feigned faith. Have the sling and the little rocks. Wash your hands, stay home, pray, preach. Don’t just walk on the red Sea ask God how to Go through it. He can give us victory far greater than scientists have predicted. More than we ask or think.
As long as we are facing this Pandemic as a persecution against Christians we will pray and declare wrong.
Difference between persecution and tribulation
Persecution is an act to subjugate or eliminate a group of people in terms of their , religious, racial or political stance. It is orchastrated by other people.
Tribulation is simply a trying period of time or circumstances beyond our human control. Floods, famine, epidemics, plagues are not persecution they are Tribulation. God has the answer. Ask his perfect will.
The early church was singled out as the victims of persecution, therefore they faced their perpetrators boldly to death. Refusing to be silenced. And their deaths were gain. What Paul faced on the other hand, a thorn in his flesh, he only could go to God in prayer. And though he prayed three times three times he received the no answer, but Grace was sufficiently given for this weakness. And he taught a good fight.
Persecution can escalate into tribulation especially when the perpetrators engage in massive warfare that can go beyond their control. Atomic or biological. Thank God nothing is too hard for God.
If this Covid -19 is a war, then the body of Christ is just a collateral damage. A dangerous collateral. We’ve been caught in the cross fire. Yet we are the baddest enemy to be rattled. We can turn this upside down. If we know how to pray right. We are asked to glory in tribulations but is that what we are doing or are we fighting the governments (for closing down churches) and blaming a race while hiding behind our fear. Remember this, though we walk in the flesh (belonging to a race or religion) the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (posting, rioting and hating) but but mighty in God for pulling out strongholds. STRONGHOLDS.
Our best option today is the prayer closet. Where God can give us the strategy to glory. To influence. To triumph. Let God show us how we can emerge glorious on the other side of Covid-19. He is not trying to concoct a solution in Heaven for Covid-19 like man is trying to find a vaccine. No. He has the answer. This is the time to grow house fellowships. Where denominations don’t difinitively divide us. Now is the time to read and intentionally meditate on God’s word. I mean, look on the brighter side. Many churches are online today a chance to reach out many more souls from your living rooms with a message of Hope, Love and salvation. Thank God it is dark outside! Are you not the light? Shine on. When the world is hoarding stuff the christian should share more with adversely affected families. Stand out and shine. When everyone is crying. Rejoice. And share the reason for your joy. But all this will come from a closer relation with Christ.
The Truth is
The churches are not closed, they have just been unleashed to a wider audience. Stop fighting ask for the grace to do Gods perfect will. Revival is fast coming be part of it!
God bless you.