Hello Church Family,
It has been sometime since I’ve communicated things that God has put on my heart to share with you. I’m taking this time to do that in this newsletter. By now many of you know that Lorraine and I have had our own experience with Covid. It was on December 29 that we both started with symptoms with us being tested the next day, December 30. The result was positive for the both of us.
Within the following couple of weeks of our experience with Covid, my mind and my heart, God was dealing with. God was reminding me of though in what I was going through, as draining, and uncomfortable it was, that in all of it He was never out of control of my situation, having His hand in my life.
I was flooding my own mind with the mass of information that is out there concerning what you should do and what you shouldn’t do, who you should believe and who you shouldn't believe. To tell you the truth, it was driving me crazy.
That’s when God reminded me that my mind belongs to Him and should only be on Him. The world has done a very good job of taking our focus off of God during this pandemic and putting it on the things that are right in front of us. But you know what, God is always right in front of us. As a matter of fact, God is in us!
Jesus had told us that these things would take place. In Matthew 24:6-8, Jesus told His disciples, “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
This pandemic we are in should not shock us; it’s been predicted by Jesus. Now the one thing we cannot do is allow this pandemic to take our focus off of God, who is in complete control to bring about His perfect will and purposes. As a matter of fact, Jesus His disciples before all this to “Take heed that no one deceives you” (Matthew 24:4).
What I am saying is that we cannot allow the horrible things that are taking place to rob us of our joy, and assurances in the promises of God. Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with EVERY spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ…”
And then in Ephesians 2:6-7, “And raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” So, I’m no longer going to concern myself with the craziness of this pandemic, and I suggest you do the same. Now, I’m not suggesting we just sit back and let it happen to us. No, be wise in the decisions you make to take care of yourself.
If we give more of ourselves to God, more of God will rule in our lives and we will be better off, having the joy of the Lord, even in the midst of trials (James 1:20. Hope this brings encouragement to you.