The Bible tells us we are called during these times of uncertainty to be bold about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people who don’t know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The Apostle Paul says in Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile”. Joshua 1:9 encourages us to be bold and courageous: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
During President Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence’s daily press briefings, we have been rightfully told that the Coronavirus is a pandemic and a national emergency, and we should treat it as such. We have been rightfully warned of its danger and advised to take precautions to prevent further spread of this virus. They have shown strong leadership by providing relief and two trillion dollars financial support for the American people and businesses in the form of a stimulus. However, we have been erroneously told that if we can all work together and do our part, and cooperate with the CDC guidelines, we can beat this virus.
The truth is we cannot beat this Coronavirus by our own power apart from God and daily prayer! Our Lord Jesus Christ said this in John 15:5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing”.
In the first book of Jonah, God told Jonah ”Go to the great city of Nineveh (capital of the old Assyrian Empire, in today’s country of Syria) and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish (Spain). After he prayed and confessed his sin to the Lord, the whale spit him on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. In the third chapter of Jonah, the Lord said to him: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you”. Jonah did, and the entire city of Nineveh (120,000 people) including their king repented. Jonah 3:10 tells us “When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened”.
We must repent as a nation, ask for forgiveness of our sin, and turn to God in prayer. 2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”.
When Queen Esther (Hadassah in Hebrew) was facing the extinction of her Jewish nation while in exile in the Medo-Persian empire, her cousin Mordecai told her in Esther 4:14: “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther boldly approached her husband King Xerxes (Ahasuerus), and conveyed to him Haman’s plan to annihilate the Jews in exile. As a result of her bold move, the Jews were delivered and later allowed to return to their homeland from exile.
Many of you have been called by God for such a time as this. As the apostle Paul tells us 2 Corinthians 5:20: "Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God”. Let’s boldly go and share the Gospel of Jesus with our friends and family members while there is still time. Remember our loving God’s promise in Psalm 91that He will order His angels to protect us wherever we go. May He protect you and your family during these perilous times.
Dr. David Reagan, founder of Lamb & Lion Ministries in McKinney, TX said it well in his recent newsletter: “Clouds of darkness may be gathering all around us, but the light is about to break through. It’s the worst of times, yet it’s the best of times, for the signs of the times are shouting the good news that Jesus is coming soon”.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said this in Revelation 22:7 " Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book". We are living in the season of the Lord's return looking for our blessed hope, the appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13) . The signs of His second coming are all around us as foretold in Matthew 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13.
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