JESUS YOUR ALL IN ALL

JESUS WILL BE YOUR ALL IN ALL IF YOU ALLOW HIM TO DO SO!!!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your body
And refreshment to your bones.”
PROVERBS 3:5-8
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“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:2

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CALLED TO LOVE

YES DEAR ONE, THIS IS FOR YOU – BE BLESSED AS YOU ARE EMBRACED BY THE LOVE OF GOD – FOR GOD IS LOVE!!!

“As Jesus was about to go up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and on the way He said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock and scourge and crucify Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.”
Matthew 20: 17-19

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FEAR IS THE REAL PANDEMIC

EVEN ONE DEATH IS TRAGIC IF THEY DO NOT KNOW THE LORD JESUS PERSONALLY AS LORD & SAVIOR.

THERE IS INDEED A PANDEMIC – THE REAL PANDEMIC IS A PANDEMIC OF FEAR.

THIS PANDEMIC CAN BRING DOWN WORLD GOVERNMENTS, DESTROY ECONOMIES, & POSITION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE FOR THE ENTRANCE OF THE ANTI-CHRIST TO OFFER HIS SOLUTIONS – IS THIS THAT TIME – IS THE MARK OF THE BEAST AT THE DOOR??? I AM NOT CERTAIN – BUT I AM CERTAIN THAT COVID-19 IS BEING USED TO PROMOTE WORLDWIDE FEAR & PANIC – JUST LOOK AT THE REAL NUMBERS & REALIZE THAT THE FORCES OF EVIL ARE FEEDING YOU A STEADY DIET OF LIES. WALK ON IN FAITH OF GOD’S LOVE FOR YOU.

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PANDEMIC HAS RETURNED

Hello Pandemic,
You’re back. But this time it’s different.
You came in 1918 as the Spanish Flu, infected one-third of us and killed over 50 million of us. Then you vanished as fast as you came.


You returned in 1957 as the Asian Flu and killed two million of us. Then you were gone.


You appeared again in 2009 as H1N1 – the Swine Flu. You infected a quarter of us and 200,000 of us died – less than the deaths each year from the common flu.


And here you are again today.
Each time we call you a Pandemic.Each time we panic.Each time you kill far less of us but we panic far more.
Because you are not a pandemic of death or even disease. You are a pandemic of fear.


In 2009 that fear showed up in our media, in our stock markets, and in our, every day lives. And you’ve given us that same big fright today.


But you’ve been here enough times that this time it’s different.
This time we see you for who you really are:A global ghost of our worries, anxieties and deepest fears.
And as with any ghost, you can only grow if we feed you.And if we don’t, you disappear.
(John 10:10- “The thief [Satan] comes only to steal and kill and destroy…”)
So this time,instead of fear, we choose freedom.“But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” ~ Isaiah 43:1
Instead of panic, we chose peace.“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
Instead of loss, we chose love.”And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” – I John 4:16
Thank you for visiting.We appreciate the reminder.You can go now.


** To turn viral fright to viral fight:

1 – PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.)
2 – Wash your hands(Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
3 – Calm your mind(John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.)
4 – Pass this message on(Mark 16:15 – And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.)

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GOD HAS TAKEN AWAY YOUR REPROACH

“Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.”
Luke 1:36

It is not uncommon for society to tag you wrongly because they are limited spiritually. The neighbors of Elizabeth tagged her with barrenness; little did they know that God had a plan for her. This plan was much more than what they had, and in the end, God took away her reproach by giving her a son who would prepare the way for Jesus Christ.

Dear One, what tag has society placed on you? Commit it to God in prayer, and begin to wait on God in praise and thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6). Before long, God will take away your reproach by giving you a miracle that will make this same society call you blessed. Believe it and receive it in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for taking my reproach away. Amen.

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GOD’S MIRACLE OF SALVATION

LINDA’S STORY

“We’re not sure Dad’s going to make it this time,” Linda said to her family.

Linda’s father had been in the cardiac intensive care unit for ten days. He was dying of congestive heart failure. The most recent crisis was that his kidneys stopped working. Now he was on dialysis.

Linda said, “I had a crushing burden to witness to Dad before he died. He wasn’t a believer, and I didn’t think I had done everything I could for his salvation. I went to see him early in the morning so other visitors wouldn’t be there. Another man was moved into his room, and a curtain was pulled between their beds. I prayed for Dad and told him how much God loved him and wanted to receive him.”

Linda still did not receive assurance of her dad’s salvation. “But I felt at peace about it,” she said. “I told him what I felt God wanted me to tell him. The Great Banquet is prepared for everyone, but sometimes they turn it down.”

Linda was referring to the story in Luke 14.

Jesus replied, “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses.” Luke 14:16-18

The Great Banquet signifies the Kingdom of heaven. Everyone is invited, but sometimes people make all kinds of excuses for not accepting the invitation.

As Linda went in and out of her dad’s room during the day, she could see that the man in the next bed was dying. He was only 42-years-old and his name was Joey. Toward evening, Joey’s mother was there with him.

“Mother,” said Joey, “Will you please go to the lady sitting in the chair on the other side of the curtain? I want to talk to her.”

Linda walked around the curtain to Joey’s bedside. “I overheard you praying with your dad. Will you pray for me? I want to receive Jesus into my life.”

Linda led him in the prayer of salvation and asked him to repeat these words:

Dear Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I am a sinner, and I am very sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived. I repent of my sins and ask your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and shed His blood for my sins. I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. I invite you to come into my heart and become my Lord and Savior. Amen.

“It was so beautiful,” said Linda. “I could see that he had a sense of peace after he accepted Christ.”

Joey died later that night.

“I thought it was my dad who was supposed to receive salvation that day, but it was Joey. My dad and Joey shared that room for only one night, but it was long enough for this miracle of salvation. Dad got better and was able to go home from the hospital, something we never expected. Now he attends church with us and I continue to pray for his salvation.”

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IN GOD’S PRESENCE

WHAT IS GOD’S PRESENCE?

God’s presence carries a wide range of meaning. It may be something people fear. Adam and Eve’s sinfulness drove them to hide from the Lord in the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:8). God’s holiness cast light on Isaiah’s sinfulness (Isaiah 6:5). Many people who encountered God or His angel feared for their lives (Judges 13:22; Luke 1:11-12;2:9). Others tried unsuccessfully to escape His presence (Jon 1:3). As God displays His presence through His great power, the whole earth trembles (Judges 5:5; Psalm 68:8). False gods also become powerless before Him (Isaiah 19:1). Fear and trembling are proper responses before the One who controls all creation (Jer 5:22).God’s presence provides comfort in times of trouble or anxiety (Joshua 1:5). The downcast seek Him and find encouragement and strength to praise Him (Psalm 42:5).

Although our feelings tell us that at times, we shouldn’t be driven by our emotions when it comes to our trust in God. Because Scripture says the “righteous shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17) and “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6), we shouldn’t have to feel God to know He’s there. But I know how you feel if you find yourself discouraged at times because it seems like God just isn’t around.

Unanswered prayer, a series of disappointing events, or a betrayal by someone close to you can cause you to think that God has checked out of your life. Other times we get so busy with our day-to-day lives that we feel guilty that we’re not doing enough for Him to want to be around us. But because God has promised He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), we can be assured of His constant presence whether we are struggling with a painful situation or just too busy to notice He is near.

When God feels far away, here are some ways you can experience and sense His presence. 

1. Come Clean with God.

 Sometimes you can’t sense God’s presence because there’s something blocking the communication between the two of you. He hasn’t left, but your sensitivity to His presence might be affected by unconfessed sin in your life. David, the Psalmist, said, “When I kept silent (about His sin) my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night, your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord” — and you forgave the guilt of my sin” (Psalms 32:3-5).  If you feel God isn’t around because the two of you haven’t talked in awhile, or because you’ve avoided the thought of Him for so long,  confess to God what’s on your heart and mind and ask Him to give you an ear to hear His voice again. 1 John 1:9 tells us: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  When your fellowship with Him is restored, the communication can flow again. So get clean (through the forgiveness of Christ) and let it flow. 

2. Read Scripture Aloud.

When you audibly speak God’s inspired Word,  you will sense its power and His presence. The Bible says God’s Word is “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). That sharp sword will either make you aware of its weight or prick your heart through conviction, inspiration, or determination. A pricked heart is better than a dull heart any day, wouldn’t you agree?  

3. Sing God a Love Song.

God inhabits the praises of His people. Ever wondered why you sometimes feel closer to God when you’re in a church service,  singing hymns or praise songs?  Could be because that’s where worship tends to take place. When you start praising Him, regardless of where you are, you’ll sense His presence, probably because you’re no longer focused on yourself, but on Him. When we open the door of our hearts to love Him, He will meet us there.

4. Say God’s Name and Call Upon Him.

People around you may be using God’s name right and left (as a swear word in anger, or as a thoughtless expression). But Scripture says there is power in the name of Jesus because “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Say His name aloud — as the Answer to all you seek, as the Source to calm your soul, as the One whose presence you long for and you will sense the power of His presence…and His peace.  

5. Say a Breath Prayer for His Presense to Take Over.

 There are times we need Him but we just don’t know what to say or where to start. Start by saying His name and then speak your heart’s cry. For me, often times it’s just “Jesus, I need You” or “Jesus, give me a heart for You.” I believe the simplest of cries are the ones that penetrate His heart — and ours — the quickest. 

6. Take a Walk for His Presence in Creation.

Exercise brings your body, mind, and heart to life. Feel spiritually dead? Get outside, move around, confess to Him what’s on your heart and let Him waken you up, spiritually. My best times with God are when I’m walking while I pour out my heart to Him.

7. Breathe Deeply.

 Sometimes we can’t sense God’s presence because there’s too much of everything else going on. Too much noise. Too much traffic. Too much confusion. Too many thoughts running rampant in our minds. Too much anxiety. Center your mind on Him and start to breathe deeply.  Try it. Exhale the distracting thoughts. Inhale a desire to sense His presence. Exhale your pre-occupation with self. Inhale a desire to know Him more completely. Exhale the worries of the moment. Inhale His peace. Now, don’t you feel better already? Can you begin to sense that you’re in His arms? There’s a reason His Word says “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10).


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DRAW NEAR TO GOD

“But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:7-11

The greatest ambition in life can only be to really know Him. Outside of Jesus and the Bible no one can find God. Not through science, philosophy, or non-biblical religions. After thousands of years of human philosophy with men and women groping in the dark looking for answers, they find nothing beyond unfinalized speculation. In science whether they are counting the stars or splitting the atom, they arrive at a dead end when the line is reached that separates the natural material realm and the spiritual. Under the absolute best set of circumstances the non-biblical religions merely express a quest, with no realized goal. Even the most lofty of the lot can merely state, “we seek”. None of them can say, “we have found”.

Even so, God may be truly and experientially known through the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the eternal Word of God become flesh, the absolute Deity incarnate in our humanity, the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world”, the one, the only, all-sufficient Redeemer, Reconciler, and Restorer of mankind to God. In Him and in Him alone and in Him directly, we may know the Creator of the universe, and hold complete, unbroken fellowship with Him as our Heavenly Father. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but by Me”. “He that has seen Me has seen the Father”. “This is life eternal, that they might know You Father the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent”. Absolutely nothing is more sacred or more vital or more wonderful than to know the Lord Jesus Himself. Nor would it be possible to over-emphasize the requirement of clearly understanding what is meant by really knowing Jesus in that way.

There are four distinct and different ways to know a person. We may merely know someone historically in the way that we know a person like Napoleon, Julius Caesar, or Moses, we may know someone as a contemporary like a US President, an athlete, or an entertainer like Elvis Presley, we may know someone merely by virtue of contact where we have met them socially or by virtue of business relationship. We may know this or that about them, we may have casual conversations with them and know whether or not they are married, etc, or we may know someone in a familiar way and know them not only by name, but also by nature. We are frequently or even continuously with them. We know them heart to heart and mind to mind. We know their characteristic ways of thinking, feeling, and reacting. We know their disposition, temperament, and habits. This is a close friendship, a fellowship, a heart to heart Love between us and this person.

The same is true in our knowing Jesus. We can know Him in the same four ways. We can merely know Him historically, believing that He really lived, died, rose, and ascended, exactly as the Gospel says, believing that He really is the Son of God, the Supreme Example, the Savior of the world; believing it all, but only in the sense of intellectual assent with the mind, and not in the deeper sense of accepting Him with the heart.

We can also know Him merely in the sense of Him being our contemporary, believing in Him as the risen One who said, “Truly, I am with you always, even to the end of the age”, and yet not knowing Him by virtue of direct contact.

We can even know Jesus as a result of direct contact, and have received Him spiritually as Savior, and still not know Him in the way that Paul meant when he wrote; Philippians 3:10, This is the approval that comes from God and is based on faith that knows Christ. Faith knows the power that His coming back to life gives and what it means to share His suffering. In this way I’m becoming like him in his death.

Paul wanted to know The Father in a reverent, holy, familiar way. A way that is continually deeper, richer, and is a spirit to spirit communion with Him; in an ever-expanding experiential exploration. This, I believe is to be the focus of our lives as Christians, our greatest ambition . . .  to really know Him.

Wouldn’t it be strange if we did not long to know Him fully considering all that He has done for us, all that He has become to us, and all that He is in Himself?

Consider if you will the days of slavery in America; look upon the face of the totally devastated black slave as he waits trembling in the slave market. Soon he has been sold to the hardest slave owner that has ever curled a whip over the bodies of his cringing victims. The servitude is almost unendurably hard and rigorous ; the beatings for any slight failure are merciless; the plight of this wretched slave and that of his fellow slaves is pitiful. One night he attempts escape, but he is caught and dragged back, where his gloating owner decides to punish him publicly as an example—a major beating such as almost always means death to the undernourished slaves. In the morning he is tied naked to the whipping post; the whippers are called; and he is just about to be beaten to probable death before onlooking slaves and several white visitors, when something very strange happens. One of the visitors, a tall noble looking gentleman, exclaims, “you can not whip that poor man so brutally; he will die!” The slave owner glares and screams in reply, “then die he shall, unless you, brave sir, will take his punishment”. The stranger steps forward and says to the wicked owner, “you have committed yourself, free the slave and I will take the lashing”. He bares His back to the whippers; His body quivers under the lashes; but He endures manfully until the last two strokes, when He sinks to the ground, lacerated, bleeding, and exhausted.

Imagine the astonishment and surprise of the slave when he was called into his owner’s presence to be told, “you are my slave no longer. That Man who suffered for you has paid such a price to free you that I cannot keep you any longer. Go now. You are free”.

That is not all; once the freed slave had left the bondage, he was intercepted by a messenger from his amazing Benefactor, with new clothing, good food, and a message that all of the wealth that he could ever require has been deposited for him at the central bank.    

But the climax comes when he enquires at the bank and learns the name of his Wonderful Deliverer. He is The King’s Son; is rich beyond calculation, is the liberator of many, many other suffering slaves; is Absolutely Upright and Noble, so strong yet so humble, gracious and kind, so completely understanding and sympathetic, that all of His Great Household Love Him, and find Him ever more Lovable the more they know Him.

Do you find it strange or surprising that this liberated slave will travel whatever the miles, or whatever the hazards just in order to get to his Loving Benefactor? Just to fall at His Feet, look up into His Face, become His willing bondservant, then enjoy knowing Him, Loving Him, and to serve Him forever. To be in his Noble Rescuer’s presence, to look into His Wise, Kind, Gracious Face, and to really know Him, heart to heart!

Does my parable seem far-fetched or over-stated? No, not at all. It simply can not be; for the reality of what it pictures utterly defies all possible analogies or illustrations. That wretched slave, do you recognize him? I do, I see myself in him, under the worst of all tyrants, SIN!

My slavery involved eternal ruin and involved far more than just a beating unto physical death. I was in bondage to sin and eternal damnation was the cost with no way out, except One. His Name is Jesus! He paid my sin debt in full and set me free. My Divine Savior, The Prince of Glory, The Lord Jesus has Redeemed me and eternally Enriched me in all ways. So it should not be surprising to learn that my explanation of the greatest possible ambition of any Christian is to Really Know Him.

I ask you now, do you really know Him? Do you find yourself unable to truthfully say that you know Him in the familiar way that has been described here? Maybe you know Him historically, as a contemporary, or maybe you do have a relationship with Him based upon genuine contact, but do you really know Him? No matter which condition you find yourself in today, do you want to really know Him? If so, then the Holy Spirit is speaking to you right now. This very moment, exactly where you are, tell the Lord that you know that you are lost in sin, and that you can not save yourself. Tell Him that you know that He died on the cross to pay for your sin debt and to set you free. Tell Him that you are repenting of sin in your life and that you accept Him as your personal Lord and Savior. Tell Him that you are placing your life in His Hands and that you trust Him with your whole heart. Tell Him that you want to really know Him just as He really knows you. Thank Him for hearing your Prayer and for setting you free from the bondage of sin. In Jesus’ Name . . . Amen. Now if you have just had the above conversation with the Lord and meant it with your heart, then you are right now a born-again, set free child of God. You now can begin to really know Him in a way never before possible. You have a fresh start, your debt has been paid in full and you are free indeed. Look to the Lord to begin to mold you and shape you into the image of Jesus step by step. He will bring about the changes in your life that He wants, just draw close to Him and trust in Him fully. Get a Bible and begin reading in The Gospel of John regarding what Jesus has done for you. Tell someone of this decision that you have made today, and ask the Lord to guide you to a good local church so that you can begin to grow in your new life as a Christian. Welcome to the Family Of God

Now that you have been Born-Again By God’s Power as you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord & Savior – you now have the wondrous opportunity of Drawing Near To God In Intimate Personal Fellowship By His Word, The Holy Bible And In Prayer – take opportunity to do so and you will find that you will grow to Really Know Him As He Desires!!!

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SHOWING JESUS TO A WORLD IN CRISIS

Most Christians are familiar with the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. And we know that these traits should be evident in the lives of people who follow Jesus.

But have you ever stopped to consider when this fruit shines brightest? They become most apparent in our darkest moments. When things are going well, it’s not too difficult for everyone to see themselves as generally joyful or patient. But when the going gets tough, the truth is exposed, and that’s precisely when the fruit of the Spirit becomes the most obvious—and the most necessary.

What sets us apart?

As the coronavirus outbreak began to unfold at the beginning of 2020, the direction it would take wasn’t entirely clear. Would it fizzle out? Would it stay contained? Or would it spread from continent to continent as it infected more people?

As people in the United States watched countries take unprecedented action to slow the number of infections, concern began to rise. By the time it hit North America and we had the first reported deaths in Washington state, people were on high alert. As people realized that quarantines might be necessary, we started to see the panicked buying and stockpiling of cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products.

While this fear is completely understandable and natural, Christians must take a step back and evaluate our own response. As the children of God, we demonstrate the character of God to the world. And since we know that Jesus is always with us and will never leave or forsake us, we need to ask ourselves some tough questions:

How should Christians respond in times of distress? What do we want to demonstrate to a world in crisis about what trust and faith look like? And how can we be salt and light to a world that is frightened and confused?

These questions should drive our response. 

Practicing wisdom and self-control

Throughout the Old Testament, we see unambiguous instructions about how to handle disease. God gave the Israelites instructions about avoiding certain animals, handling carcasses, and even destroying porous clay pots that had been infected (Leviticus 11).

The Bible created procedures for quarantining infectious diseases that even included guidelines for ensuring that people didn’t come into contact with personal items that could transmit germs (Leviticus 13:47–59). For centuries, many cultures looked to the Jewish Scriptures as a roadmap for maintaining public health.

The law instructed God’s people on how to handle human waste (Deuteronomy 23:12–14), how to deal with bodily fluids that could carry disease (Leviticus 15). The amount of space dedicated to keeping God’s people healthy in extremely practical ways is critical.

As Christians, we can look at God’s Word and recognize the importance God placed on behaviors that would stop the spreading of illness and disease. This means that we don’t want to exercise faith in a way that dismisses or ignores legitimate, common-sense steps to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.   

Demonstrating faith and love 

On the flip side, we don’t want to fall into the temptation of putting our own needs above everyone else’s. In a season of confusion and panic, there’s a strong pull to hunker down and focus on protecting yourself and your loved ones above everyone else. But this should bring to mind Jesus’s pointed question:

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that” (Luke 6:32–33).

One of the defining characteristics of committed followers of Jesus is that we don’t put ourselves before others. We consider ways that can demonstrate God’s love to others in difficult times.

In the middle of the third century, a plague swept through the Roman Empire. Known as the Plague of Cyprian, some reports suggest that upwards of 5,000 people were dying every day. Panic ensued, and healthy people were fleeing from the cities to wait out the plague in the country.

But Christians stayed to care for the sick.

In “Church History,” the fourth-century account of the church’s beginnings, Eusebius explains:

All day long some of them [Christians] tended to the dying and to their burial, countless numbers with no one to care for them. Others gathered together from all parts of the city a multitude of those withered from famine and distributed bread to them all.

What was the response of the Romans around them? Eusebius elaborates that the believers’ “deeds were on everyone’s lips, and they glorified the God of the Christians. Such actions convinced them that they alone were pious and truly reverent to God.”

Thankfully, we don’t live in a time when the sick are abandoned to die alone, but there are still ways that we can demonstrate love for our neighbors. One of the main ways we care for others is to ensure we’re not putting at-risk and immunocompromised people at risk. But we can also come up with creative ways to care for others:

  • Watch children for parents who have to work even though schools have been canceled.
  • Send cards or gift baskets to nurses and care workers.
  • Make donations to your local food bank.
  • Set up Google Hangouts with lonely immunocompromised or elderly loved ones.
  • Drop meals off for older couples who are feeling scared and vulnerable.

The Great Commission in practice

No matter what happens, the Christian mandate is still the same, and it’s summed up in the Great Commission:

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:19–20).

One of the simplest ways we fulfill this responsibility is living lives that demonstrate what it means to love God and love our neighbors. It’s in the most stressful and taxing times that the goodness of God shines through His people. And when people witness Christians responding to emergencies with patience, poise, and peace, it puts the beauty and awesomeness of God on display—and the Spirit uses that to draw people.

It seems entirely appropriate that this be posted on the day that we remember the life and ministry of the Evangelist, Saint Patrick who showed Jesus to an entire nation, the Irish nation.

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OUR BATTLE PLAN

PRAYER IS NOT TO BE A CHRISTIAN’S FALL-BACK POSITION, PRAYER IS OUR BATTLE PLAN!!! KEEP LOOKING TO JESUS!!!

Precious ABBA Daddy, we call ourselves a nation under Your authority. As Your children and as people called by Your name, we believe Your Word. You said in 2 Coronicles 14:7, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” So we do that now. Across our nation today, we humble ourselves, pray, and seek Your face. We turn from wickedness, and we trust that You hear us.

Today we are asking You, Lord, to move on our behalf. Heal our land. You are the God who healed in Scripture, and You do not change. We ask that You would bring healing to those who are suffering from COVID-19. The blood of Jesus has paid the price for those who are sick, and we ask that You would intervene now on their behalf.

Lord, we ask for strength, wisdom, and protection for health care professionals. You see each person working in hospitals, clinics, offices and laboratories right now. Help each one become aware of Your presence as You strengthen and protect them.

We ask You to give patience to those who are in quarantine. They might feel isolated or scared or disconnected, but You haven’t and won’t leave them. Be a friend and comforter to those in quarantine even now. Give them supernatural patience.

We ask You to give wisdom to our leaders. Show them strategies outlined in Heaven for such a time as this to bring order and peace to our nation.

We ask You to give divine strategies and supernatural insight to those searching for cures and preventative processes. You have all the answers, Lord, and Your Word says You give wisdom generously to those who ask. We seek Your counsel and ask that You’d give insight to those who can bring relief.

We ask for peace to settle on each home across the world. Grant peace for those who are afraid. Peace for those who are unsure. Peace for those who feel unsettled mentally, spiritually, or emotionally. You are the God of Peace. Be with each of us.

We ask You to help us feel compassion for our friends, family, and neighbors. Give us compassion to act out of love and not fear.

Your Word says are the God who provides. Thank You for providing for each family. There is not one need that is hidden from You. So, we pause to praise You for continuing to meet our needs as only You can.

We ask for You to help us prepare rather than panic. Give wisdom to each family as we do our best to follow the wisdom of those in leadership over us. Help us not to hoard. Help us to stay rooted in love. Give us peace as we make all of our preparations.

We ask for Your courage to fill us so we can do what must be done. We love You and trust You, God.

Lord, we pray for supernatural faith to rise in the hearts of Your children across the world. Give us faith to believe You are turning the tide and pushing back darkness on our behalf. Give us faith to continue to pray bold prayers. In faith we believe that COVID-19 will dissipate and become eradicated from the earth.

You are able. You are good. We trust You, and we ask all of these things in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray, Amen & Amen.

Thank You for praying!

I invite you to continue to pray daily until COVID-19 is no more.

Share so others can join. After all, there is no distance in prayer. We might be separated in our homes, but we are united in spirit. Powerful things happen with God’s people pray. Let’s commit to praying….At all times and in all circumstances KEEP LOOKING TO JESUS!!!

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