Modern Christianity often attempts to remove the absolutes of the scriptures. What I call easy believism seems to be the hallmark of many churches in this day. What do the scriptures reveal regarding this vital subject? What is doctrine? And what exactly is the Apostles Doctrine? Doesn’t doctrine tend to divide people? Can’t we all just follow the leading of the Holy Spirit?
One fact is certain, and that is the 1st Century Church continued steadfastly in the Apostles Doctrine.
"Covid 19 is a virus manifest in this world and therefore is temporal. God however, is eternal. Our God is greater than anything.....ANYTHING! This is the hope and truth we need to embrace and believe. God is also sovereign.
Job 42:2“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted."
If it is happening, make no mistake, God has either caused it or allowed it. Yes, difficulty and calamity are guaranteed to affect our lives.
Isaiah 45:7 "I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things." This may be impossible for even the most educated and spiritual mind to comprehend, but God does everything with power and purpose. I always recommend reading the book of Job to shed more light on God's divine will.
Please understand, that along with God's power and sovereignty comes His LOVE. Just as a loving father wants the best for his children, so does our Father in heaven.
Jeremiah 29:11 states "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
This is ALSO God's sovereign will....to help us, guide us and prosper us!
So, how do we navigate this difficult working of God? We need to understand His LOVE for us and His DESPISING OF SIN. God loves us and hates sin. Sin is what brings destruction and damnation. But God so loved us that...." he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16.
You see, Jesus is the REFUGE and SAVIOR for all that are in this world of calamity and sin! God may allow or even cause certain hardships in our lives, but we must remember that it was mankind that ushered in sin and death into this world. YET God still provided a way out of this death and into eternal life....Jesus Christ, the Way the Truth and the Life, who died for us so that we may have life. "But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
WHEN, not IF, but WHEN we are stuck in a terrible place or horrible circumstance (because of this sinful world, our sinful flesh and the Devil) , it is Jesus we are to look towards. for ONLY HE can HELP us, KEEP us and SAVE us. Jesus is our ONLY hope.
So for those who trust in Christ, life is less about understanding why bad things happen and more about believing, obeying, loving, trusting and knowing WHO our SAVIOR is. This saving faith also gives us the comprehension of temporal and eternal things. We know that this world will pass away eventually. So we do not love this world, nor the things in this world, rather, we love God.....we love each other, and we realize that it is only the human spirit and soul that will someday be transformed into eternal beings that will live with God forever if they have been sealed with God's Holy Spirit, saved in Jesus name.
It is this hope that we have and share. SO WE PRAY...
WE PRAY FOR THE BODY OF CHRIST, HIS CHURCH WE PRAY FOR OUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS WE PRAY FOR OUR NEIGHBORS, CITIES AND COUNTRIES WE PRAY FOR OUR GOVERNMENTS AND LEADERS WE PRAY FOR SICKNESS, PROBLEMS AND TEMPTATIONS TO PASS
BUT MUCH MORE IMPORTANTLY, THESE TIMES THAT GOD HAS ORDAINED MUST BE CONSIDERED AN OPPORTUNITY TO PRAY FOR THE SALVATION OF SOULS!
Difficult times should always draw us closer to God, lead us to examine our lives, help us consider our brief stay here on this earth, and draw us closer to all mankind.
Let us PRAY dear Saints, for the salvation of souls. In this time.....till Christ come again.
SO HOLD ONTO THE NAILED SCARRED HANDS OF JESUS....DO NOT LET GO, DO NOT FALTER AND KEEP RUNNING THE RACE OF LIFE.
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