But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV
Amid the pandemic, there are many different schools of thought that have created an atmosphere of uncertainty. Who can we trust to give us sound guidance? With over 5 million global confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, even with the recommended measures of wearing facemasks, social distancing, and reopening at reduced capacity, the numbers of cases and deaths continue to escalate. Due to the ongoing chaos, many individuals have given up and are disregarding all health precautions by resuming the habits of their prior lifestyles.
Since the onset of the Coronavirus, the debate between Health versus Wealth has ignited the conflict between health prevention/ maintenance and reopening to preserve the economy. The Centers for Disease Control, a national agency that has the responsibility for the control and prevention of infectious diseases created a safe reopening plan that was ignored. The Coronavirus pandemic has pitted politicians against the physicians and scientists, along with political leaders continually debasing each other. But the most prevalent disputes are among ordinary people based on political party preferences and complaints of the violation of their civil rights.
Political socialization is the “process by which individuals learn and frequently internalize a political lens framing their perceptions of how power is arranged and how the world around them is (and should be) organized; those perceptions, in turn, shape and define individuals’ definitions of who they are and how they should behave in the political and economic institutions in which they live.
Pledging allegiance to a political party or politician supersedes the boundaries of free will by redefining who you are and molding your mind to overlook the infractions. The change does not happen overnight. It is a process where you are in agreement with one thing that the politician stands for, and that is how the journey of compromise begins.
Because of political loyalty, Satan is swaying many believers to go against Biblical teachings. The merge of church and state is before us. A building is not essential for us to worship God. If our focus is on attending a church (building) collectively for only 1-2 days per week, then how are we worshipping God on the remaining days of the week?
In Exodus 3, Moses was appointed by God to lead the Israelites, and he was so faithful that he met with God on Mount Sinai to commune and receive the Ten Commandments. In modern times, no one individual has been appointed or anointed as a Spiritual Leader by God. Political status does not qualify an Unbeliever to represent God, nor can he or she speak for a Holy and Righteous God.
There is no biblical basis to substantiate a man-made Christian holiday–Day of Pentecost, 50 days after Easter and is false teaching. Satan will even use the name of God to deceive those who are not led by the Holy Spirit. God does not require us to compromise our health to serve him. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 1 Corinthians 6:19
In fact, if we study the book of Leviticus, God gave strict guidelines to preserve the health and well-being of the Israelites. To persuade the individuals who believe in God, but have been staying at home for the safety of their health, Satan has used manipulation to attempt to compromise their safety by encouraging large gatherings in the name of God. Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 John 2:2
When reading Hebrews 10:19-39, there is a verse that many believers use during this pandemic: And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:25. There are many who accept Jesus Christ and the Plan of Salvation but have always refused to attend church. With the constant interaction that believers have on a day-to-day basis with unbelievers, the Apostle Paul admonished those who accepted Christ to attend church. We do require the strength of other believers; however, in a time where an uncontrollable virus is still causing havoc on the world, we must use technology to preach the Word of God which can be accomplished without face-to-face contact during this pandemic.
Dissension is expected among unbelievers because they do not acknowledge or serve God. Satan is the author of confusion. Satan seeks to cause chaos, disorder, death, and destruction, and if we evaluate the condition that our world is in, he is doing his job well.
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace–as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. 1 Corinthians 14:33.
Watching includes praying! Our lives are dependent on God, who is faithful in His promise to protect us from all schemes, plots, and lies that originate from evil. We cannot afford to lose out on our reward of Eternal Life by succumbing to Satan’s plots to separate us from God.
Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you. Proverbs 4:6 NLT
Every situation in our lives must be presented to God in prayer. We must ask for wisdom, do not rely on feelings, judgment, or past experiences; do not act prematurely, if you truly desire God’s divine intervention, then we must wait for His answer.
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; Psalm 34:19 NIV.
Bible Verse: Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD. Psalm 27:14 NIV
Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask you to forgive us of our sins, our shortcomings, and to fill us with the Holy Spirit. We ask you to protect us from all of the schemes, the hurt, the harm, and the dangers in this world. We acknowledge that we are powerless against Satan and the forces of evil. God, we know that the temptations that we face every day are meant to separate us from you. We need you, and we ask for wisdom, we pray for the desire to obey your will for our lives. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayers. We ask this prayer in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
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