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A Message From Pastor Max
Here are some great thoughts to consider about COVID-19. Adapted from Dr. Michael Brown
Remember, Isaiah 59:19. (My words)
First, there is no reason for panic.
Caution, yes. Panic no.
Let’s remember that the media, by nature, can be sensationalistic. That means that coverage of the coronavirus will also be sensationalistic.
So, analyze the reporting with your head and not just your heart. Then, make wise decisions, especially based on your health. You can be cautious and practical without being in a panic.
Second, for followers of Jesus, there is no room for fear.
If we truly have God as our Father and are in right relationship with Him, we need only fear Him (in a holy, reverential way). We need not fear sudden disaster or wasting disease.
He is our shield and our strength, our lives are in His hands, and we trust Him, whatever comes our way.
Plus, the greatest antidote to fear is a healthy, Bible-based faith. At times like this, it is good to build our faith with passages like Psalm 91.
Third, let’s not only think of ourselves. Let’s think of others too.
As stated in an open letter by Akos Balogh, the CEO of The Gospel Coalition Australia, “The truth is, we don’t know for sure. And so as a society, we’re increasingly anxious. Anxious for our loved ones. Anxious for ourselves. It’s a time of fear. But whatever happens, dear Christian, know this: this is our time. God has raised us up for such a time as this. It’s no accident you’re here. This is our time to think not about ourselves, but about our neighbors. Many of whom are scared, and will only grow more so as the virus spreads.”
Let’s use this opportunity to brings words of faith to others. To encourage them to put their trust in the Lord. And to let our friends and co-workers and neighbors know, no matter what happens in this world, we can enjoy eternal life in the presence of God.
Fourth, keep on praying for divine intervention, for a speedy end to this virus, and for millions of people to turn to Him.
The virus itself is deadly. But we can use it to bring life and hope to many.
Let’s all remember (My thoughts)- “When the enemy comes in - like a flood the Spirit of the Lord will raise a standard against it!
The flood is the standard that is raised against it!
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