Well, good afternoon all. Now that we face another month confined to our living space, with limited outdoor time, we continue to hear much of the population crying out to shutdown everything to stop the spread – and others hollering “enough” let’s get back to normal. Well, guess who’s out and about looking for whom he may devour? Tension seems to be mounting. I see it in the comments of articles, and such, posted online, and live updates. As people scurry about the stores in search of needed items, or outside to get fresh air and exercise, we are encouraged to help business stay in operation. Shop online. We are encouraged to reach out and touch someone, call someone. Get connected using social media. Self-distancing does not mean self-isolation. We hear this message daily. No doubt, there is much we can learn during this time.
So, this morning, during my praying time. I was praying for wisdom and strength to stand through this time of uncertainty, and mostly waiting. And I’m like waiting for what? Things to go back to normal? Well, what can we expect when things get back to normal. The virus will still be out there.
So, as my thoughts wonder to questions with no answers, yet. It occurred to me that in our confinement we can give the enemy plenty of ammunition to use against each other. Hence we will be both the ammo and the target.
When we don’t have anyone too confide in, it’s difficult to stay positive, even in the best of circumstances. In times such as these when our mobility must be restricted, and our focus is concentrated on our needs, well – for some people they must learn, or adjust to dealing with their own thoughts. Thoughts swirl about in our mind. Tensions build, and we are powerless to do anything about it. Everyone wants to be strong, but no one wants to be honest. The Lord knows our fears. He knows that we struggle with unbelief. He sees us in our loneliness. But in the shadow of the wings off the Almighty, we find rest – not just rest from the troubles of this world, but rest from the struggles of our spiritual walk. The struggles are real. Satan does not relent. He will always attack our faith. And at this moment, he and his minions are doing double duty to destroy the faith of individuals.
What better time than now when families are facing each other everyday in all our shortcomings, our failures, our fears, our pride, our lusts, etc. Sometimes, a phone conversation is not enough to comfort someone in distress. I’ve mentioned before that in our confinement we have the opportunity to seek GOD, but the enemy always take the opportunity to attack the children of God. This time is no different. But now, we must rely on online church, phone calls and social media to hear some encouragement from church leaders. That is not enough. The enemy will pit us one against the other. We cannot allow our homes to be a nesting place for the enemy.
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you. Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil.
2 Corinthians 2:10-11
“Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Remember, the Scripture say that from our mouth proceed blessings and curses. The heart is deceitful above all things.
“The hardest part of being a Christian is surrendering and that is where the real struggle happens. Once we have overcome our own desire to be elevated, our own desire to be recognized, our own desire to be independent and all those things that we value very much because we are Americans and we are part of this American culture. Once we have overcome that struggle then God can use us as a part of His body to accomplish what the body of Christ was left here to accomplish.” –
“I think that of all the diseases in the world, the disease that all humankind suffers from, the disease that is most devastating to us is not AIDS, it’s not gluttony, it’s not cancer, it’s not any of those things. It is the disease that comes about because we live in ignorance of the wealth of love that God has for us.”