We are barely four months into the New Year and a lot is happening already on the world scene. At one point it looks like the beginning of 2020 will be heralded by the third world war as aggression in the Middle East between the United States and Iran reached a boiling point towards the end of last year and the beginning of the new one. Everyone seems braced up for the inevitable, the inevitable which somehow has been avoided. However, there is something else on the front burner taking the attention of every man and woman on the surface of the earth. It is the coronavirus plague. It's no news, just a recap of how the year has turned out so far!
The outbreak of this demonic virus ravaging and moving across the surface of the earth can no longer be ignored. Just for this virus, we have been having in the past week or so, a whole series dedicated to what has gotten the attention of the world, the COVID 19 SERIES. It's a deliberate agenda of God through this blog to diffuse the fear that is out there with the word of God, no matter how much little impact it will make in the larger scheme of things. Still, nine out of every ten pieces of new articles there is carrying so much negative news.
Just yesterday the number of COVID 19 cases shut up in the USA to about 80000 cases and at this rate, the US will be number 1 on the list of the nations with the most COVID-19 cases. Trump never saw this coming. He isn't prepared for this no matter how much he is prepared. And though Nigeria currently has just 65 cases this number has not in any way allayed fears in the heart of the people because we all know there isn't enough testing been done, at least not to the level that is required. By required standard, at least 10000 testing per day is what the WHO recommends. We are thousands of testing behind that number. Add this to the fact that the Nigerian government authorities are trying to track down about 4000 persons who might have had a contact at some point or the other with COVID 19 and you have a picture of what might happen in the next few days if situations and the people are not rein in! There is just about enough in the news to make the heart shakes in fear, in trepidations. However, the master already told us in John 16:33
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
God is not about to overcome this crisis for us, he has already overcome this crisis on our behalf! He gave this assurance by his own very word. And heaven and earth may pass away but a jot of his word will not go unfulfilled. We are about to experience certain victories beginning from this day forward.
And this is why as believers, as people of the book, as people who know the word, our response to the current world crisis must be from the position of someone who has an understanding of who they are in Christ and what the word has said about them. It is here we must remember who we are and respond to life challenges at a higher level.
Look at what Paul said here,
Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself so that I might finish my course with joy. Acts 20:23-24
Paul will not be moved because only the immovable become movers of things. Those who are shaken cannot shake their world. There is enough in the world to make the natural heart faint and make our faith fail, but our focus must not be on what is happening in the world but what is written in the word. In the word, we must find an anchor for our souls!
The Psalmist shows us what to do when the world around us is going crazy,
I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved (Psalm 16:8)
David set the word before him and not the world. He set the Lord always before him and because his focus is on the word he would not be moved by the happenings in the world! Those who will not be moved by what is in the world must always have their eyes on the word. Why should this be so? It is through the word that we have our victory in the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world even our faith and our faith comes from the word! (1 John 5:14, Romans 10:17)
It doesn't matter therefore what may come from the world there is a victory in the word! Let's shift our attention to that, let's go further also and let's shift the attention of the world around us to the word. When we do this we will birth victory over this present scourge of coronavirus Enough of those WhatsApp broadcasts that send fears into the heart of men, no matter how genuine the information is don't send whatever is not increasing people's faith. We have enough bad news from the world what the people need is good news from the word!
There was an outbreak of the virus in the town John G. Lake was, he was so anointed that when he touched the plague or virus they die instantly! I am not saying to copy John G. Lake except you are so directed by God, but there is a level to which are affected by the word that you can't be infected by any virus in the world! The life of God through the word begins to live, breathe and affect everything through you!
The whole world is on a shutdown of sort and in self-isolation; however, this period of isolation from the world can also be a period of revelation in the word! This is the time to be shut down from the world but live in the word. As much as possible we should try to keep abreast of the fact, especially as it relates to what the government wants us to do per time as they work round the clock to look for a way out of this. Other than this every other information that does not feed your faith but feed your fear should be discarded. If the latest statistics will make your heart jump, shut it out! If the latest broadcast on how the virus looks like will make you lose your sleep shut it down! Whatever will make you groan and not grow in this period, shut it down! Isolate yourself from the world but insulate yourself in the word! In the word, you will find rest, security and immunity for your spirit, soul and body.
Didn't Paul tell us in Colossians 2:3 that our life is hidden in Christ and Christ hid in God? Let's read that portion of the word again!
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God". Colossians 3:1-3 KJV
What a word from Paul, when your heart is set on things above and not things beneath then you become dead and if you are truly dead then your life is hidden with Christ and Christ is hid in God! A dead man is not afraid of any infections, because he is already dead, he can't be infected! This is the state of heart that puts you over the affairs of life! Those who live in the world, are dead to the world, they are a band of dead men, oblivious to the reality of the world but living in the reality of the word!
In the reality of the word, there is nothing like COVID 19, there are no viruses, no disease, no sickness, nothing of the world has a place in their life. Men who live in the reality of the world live in the reality of the kingdom where no unclean thing is allowed to come into their lives, they glorify God in their body and in their spirit which is the Lord's. From this day no unclean virus will come neither to you or your household. Stand in the word, stand in faith, fear not what the world fears, make the Lord of host your standard, let him be your fear and your dread!
"Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this person shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear nor be afraid. Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself, and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread." (Isaiah 8:12-13)
NO GUILT IN LIFE
NO FEAR IN DEATH
THIS IS THE POWER OF CHRIST IN ME
FROM LIFE FIRST CRY TILL FINAL BREATH
JESUS COMMANDS MY DESTINY
NO POWER OF HELL
NO SCHEME OF MAN
COULD EVER PLUG ME FROM HIS HAND
TILL HE RETURNS
OR CALLS ME HOME
HERE IN THE POWER OF CHRIST
CALL TO INTERCESSION: Lord Help me to set my eyes only on you. Help me to be shut out to the world and live in your word. My heart stays on thee oh God of my salvation. Amen.
This blog post was adapted and created from an original POWERTALK broadcast, ALWAYS BEFORE ME.