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The Church is Bigger Than Any Church

WHAT WE STILL AND WILL BELIEVE

I live in a part of the world where any gathering, so long as there is a Bible present, is called church. That means “church” is merely a group of people who share a common passion for something related to the Bible. Sadly, what we find in many of these so-called churches is division, jealousy, unforgiveness, bitterness, gossip, personal hatred, and hatred by association (if your friend hates someone, to maintain friendship, you cannot be friends with that person either).

The true church, however, is powerfully and mysteriously united across the boundaries that define and divide the world. Although we are many, we are one body; we are one body in Christ. Although we have many colors, we are one body; we are one body in Christ. Although we have many languages, we are one body; we are one body in Christ. Every believer in Christ, throughout history and in every place, shares an indivisible blood-union through the blood of Christ. Our bonds stretch through time and space, such that we even share fellowship with saints who died and went to be with Jesus thousands of years ago.

Church of God

We find a great definition of the church in 1 Corinthians 1:2:

To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours.

What does Paul mean when he says that the church is of God? I think he simply means that the church is created by God and belongs to God. How did God make the church? How did he form it? In what way does the church belong to God?

BOUGHT WITH BLOOD

In Acts 20:28, Paul calls pastors “to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” Thus, the church is God’s because he bought her with his own blood. God does not redeem us with money, because no amount of wealth in all creation was enough to satisfy God’s anger against us and purchase our peace with him. We “were ransomed . . . not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot” (1 Peter 1:18–19).

“You are not part of God’s church because you go to a building every Sunday.”

Most people use the phrase “going to church.” But the church is not a building; it is a people. You are not part of God’s church because you go to a building every Sunday. There are countless unbelievers who visit church buildings on Sundays but are not part of the church. You belong to God and become a part of God’s church only by being purchased and redeemed by God through Jesus’s blood.

Three times in 1 Corinthians 1:2–3, Paul calls Jesus Lord: he is “our Lord Jesus Christ,” “both their Lord and ours,” and “the Lord Jesus Christ.” Thus, the church, purchased by the blood of Christ, submits to Christ. He governs all they do. The church has only one Lord. All of the church’s leaders must lead in submission to the Lord of the church.

SANCTIFIED IN CHRIST

. . . to those sanctified in Christ Jesus . . .

The church of God is made up of people whom God has himself sanctified in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:2). To sanctify is to make holy, make acceptable to God. This is an act none of us could perform. God expects perfection. Only perfectly righteous people can dwell in God’s presence. That’s why the psalmist cried out, “If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?” (Psalm 130:3).

How can we become pure? Who can purify sinners? Jesus Christ! Christ loved the church and gave himself for her “that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word” (Ephesians 5:26). When we put our faith in Jesus, Jesus’s blood purifies us from all unrighteousness, making us saints before God! We are first washed of our sins, and then God begins the progressive work of making us sinless. Because he has sanctified us in Christ, he progressively sanctifies us. The church is God’s imperfect people whom God has purified and whom God is purifying.

CALLED TO BE SAINTS

. . . called to be saints . . 

God created the church by calling unqualified sinners and making them saints. According to 1 Corinthians 1:26–31 God does not look for the powerful, the wise, the rich, or the noble, because there is nothing that any of these worldly standards can bring to the altar of salvation. God does not save based on any human qualifications. It is God’s good pleasure to choose people that the world would never choose to show the world that he is a great and merciful God.

“The church is God’s imperfect people whom God has declared perfect and whom God is perfecting.”

God has compassion on the weak. He cares for the poor and widows and orphans and refugees. He forgives the most wicked among us. He saved a rebel like Paul, the author of this letter. God turns sinners, even the worst of them, into saints. They are made holy by the blood of Christ. God is truly merciful and compassionate. That is why the church is made up of people who are despised by the world, people who have nothing. These despised people are loved by Christ, and, for them, Christ has become everything.

MADE INTO FAMILY

. . . called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ . . .

The church is God’s family, and, as a family, it exists in unity. Note the grammar of the passage. The church in the phrase “the church of God” is singular, but all the other words that depict the church are plural: “those sanctified,” those “called to be saints,” and “our Lord.” There is one church of God made up of many members. The church is one family with one Father and one Lord, Jesus Christ.

And together they “call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” In the Old Testament, to call upon the name of the Lord was a way of describing those who worshiped Yahweh and prayed to him (Genesis 4:2612:813:4). Now that Christ has appeared, the church worships and prays to him. This is one way the church glorifies him.

Paul writes to the local church in Corinth but also acknowledges that the church is bigger than the Corinthian church. It includes those who in “every place” call on the name of the Lord. And yet, even two thousand years later, he is still not called upon in every place. There are still places in the world where people have never even heard the name of Jesus. There is still work to do. Only the church has the message and the power, from God, to finish the task and make every place a reality.

Bigger Than Any Church

What if we believed that the church is bigger than our local congregations? What if the church is larger than our denominations? What if the church is bigger than the boundaries of our countries and continents? How would we live differently if we thought of the church that way?

When many of us hear the word church, we are prone to think only of our own local congregations — or perhaps our denomination or those we know and agree with theologically. But the church is universal. It spans time and space. According to the New Testament, the church of God includes every believer in Christ, over whom Christ is Lord (Colossians 1:18). Paul also says the church is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:23). It is his fullness. To know and appreciate the church universal is to know and appreciate the one whose fullness it represents.

“Christ’s majesty is of such a scope that no local congregation can fully capture and portray it.”

Christ’s majesty is of such a scope that no local congregation in a particular time and place can fully capture and portray it. His majesty, which the church represents, stretches throughout time into eternity.

PRAYER OF THANKS AND FOR HEALING

Most Gracious and Eternal Father God. How we bless you, how we thank you.
 
Thank you for navigating us through another day, another week and another month. Lord we know it nothing short of your goodness that we are here today. Father we want to say thank you!
 
No matter what is going on we can confess that you have been so faithful. Father we know someone is down and out.
 
We also, know your Spirit can lift them up. So Master, we 
 
thank you in advance for how you are going to work in their situation. Master, you taught us to love our neighbor, and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you. In this time of anxiety, give us strength  to comfort the fearful, to tend to the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love. Father, please help us to continue to be strong and not to give up. I pray that you will give us peace in this heartbreaking time, give us rest during these trials, and never let us doubt what we know is real. Keep our hearts open and set on pushing through. 
In Jesus’s name, I pray.
Amen.

Do You Belong to God?

Have you once and for all settled the question, do you belong to God? Are you going to Heaven? Are you a child of God? Is Jesus Christ really your personal Lord, Savior, and Master? Who is your anchor in life? When all else fails you, will your anchor also fail you? When others betray and lie to you, will your anchor do likewise? Consider the following questions in light of what the Bible says:

1. Where did you come from?

God loves you and created you to know Him personally. He is loving and true and would never lie to you.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. (John 3:16)

“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)

The One True God of the Bible who loves you, formed you in your mother’s womb.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:13,14) 

2. If God has created you and loves you, what is preventing you from knowing Him intimately?

God wants to give you a fresh start. A clean slate is just a prayer away.

You are sinful and separated from God, so you cannot know Him intimately or experience His saving, keeping, and protecting love.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23) “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

Just as fire and gasoline cannot be together, those who have the stain of sin can never be in the presence of a holy, sinless, and perfect God.
“our God is holy.” (Psalm 99:9b) “the stain of your guilt is still before me,” (Jeremiah 2:22b)

You must be pardoned. Your sin must be forever washed away.
God created man to have fellowship with Him, but due to his own stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent, selfish way, and fellowship was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin.

God is holy and man is sinful. A great gulf separates the two. The arrows illustrate that man is continually trying to reach God and establish a personal relationship with Him through his own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy, or religion— but he inevitably fails.

3. If there were only One Way to bridge this gulf, would you want to know it?

In 1830, George Wilson was tried by the U.S. court in Philadelphia for robbery and murder and was sentenced to hang. Andrew Jackson, President of the United States, granted him a presidential pardon. But Wilson refused the pardon, insisting it was not a pardon unless he accepted it. The question was brought before the U. S. Supreme Court, and Chief Justice John Marshall wrote the following decision:  “A pardon is a paper, the value of which depends upon its acceptance by the person implicated. It’s hardly to be supposed that one under sentence of death would refuse to accept a pardon, but if it is refused, it is no pardon. George Wilson must hang.” What was the outcome? George Wilson was hanged.¹

Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin. Through Him alone we can know God intimately, be fully pardoned for our sin, and experience His unconditional love.
“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)

He died in our place and rose from the dead.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

“Christ died for our sins…He was buried…He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred.” (1Corinthians 15:3-6)

He is the only way to God.

This diagram illustrates that God has bridged the gulf that separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ. He chose to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.

Those who love darkness, reject Christ, and refuse His free offer of forgiveness and new life will perish. They will be eternally condemned for their sins. The wrath of God will fall on them.

“They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2Thessalonians 7: 10b-12) 4.

4. What must occur in order for you to be saved from your sins and eternal death and be assured of complete forgiveness and Heaven?

You must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Then you can know God personally and experience His love.
You must receive Christ. {Gladly welcome Him}

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)

You receive Christ by faith.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)

If someone were to say, “I hope to get to heaven because I’m a pretty good person”. “I’m hoping the good outweighs the bad”. How would you respond to this person?

When you receive Christ, you experience a New Birth. {Read John 3:1-8 if time permits}
You receive Christ by personal invitation.
[Christ speaking] “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in…” (Revelation 3:20 N.K.J.V.)

Receiving Christ involves turning to God from sin and self-rule (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive us of our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Christ by faith, as an act of our will.

When you receive Christ, a Great Exchange occurs instantly!
First: Jesus takes all of your past, present, and future sin, condemnation and guilt away. Back on that Cross, Jesus removed your sins and placed them on Himself. He was crucified, became guilty on your behalf, and was condemned. He then suffered torment in Hell so you would not have to. He freed you from the penalty and power of sin.

Second: In exchange, Jesus gives you His righteousness and His life. You are forgiven, unable to be condemned, holy, blameless, pure, and forever innocent of all charges. You have eternal life. God, the Father, now sees you holy and perfect. He loves you the same as He loves Jesus. This exchange is irrevocable. It is finished!

“I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10) 5.

5. Would you like to receive Christ right now by faith through prayer?

The following is a suggested prayer:

Lord Jesus, I need You. I want to be assured of going to Heaven when I die. I also want to know You personally.

Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving me of my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

Remember: Jesus is now in your life. You belong to Him. He will never leave you nor forsake you. You are God’s own son or daughter. The Bible promises eternal life to all who receive Christ.
Heaven is your new home!

“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:11-13)

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” (John 10:27-29)

What comfort and assurance is God giving you right now?

1. Please read the following verses out loud.

“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.” (John 6:37-39)

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38,39)

What doubts might you still have concerning your assurance of your salvation and your eternal security? If you were to die tonight, how assured are you of going straight to Heaven?

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2. Work on memorizing the following definition of Faith. This is the same definition discussed in other chapters of this book. Then discuss it and apply this faith principle to your assurance of being forgiven and going to Heaven someday.

“Faith is choosing to live as though the Bible is true, regardless of circumstances, emotions, or cultural trends.”

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Surrender this hour

Typically when we think of “surrender”, we think of giving up, tossing the towel in, or giving in to the opposing forces’ demands. In the spring of 1865, General Lee had to make the most difficult decision of his life. The following is an eyewitness account:

With his army surrounded, his men weak and exhausted, Robert E. Lee realized there was little choice but to consider the surrender of his Army to General Grant. After a series of notes between the two leaders, they agreed to meet on April 9, 1865, at the house of Wilmer McLean in the village of Appomattox Courthouse. The meeting lasted approximately two and one-half hours and at its conclusion the bloodiest conflict in the nation’s history neared its end…

At a little before 4 o’clock General Lee shook hands with General Grant, bowed to the other officers, and with Colonel Marshall left the room. One after another we followed, and passed out to the porch. Lee signaled to his orderly to bring up his horse, and while the animal was being bridled the general stood on the lowest step and gazed sadly in the direction of the valley beyond where his army lay – now an army of prisoners. He smote his hands together a number of times in an absent sort of way; seemed not to see the group of Union officers in the yard who rose respectfully at his approach, and appeared unconscious of everything about him.

All appreciated the sadness that overwhelmed him, and he had the personal sympathy of every one who beheld him at this supreme moment of trial. The approach of his horse seemed to recall him from his reverie, and he at once mounted. General Grant now stepped down from the porch, and, moving toward him, saluted him by raising his hat. He was followed in this act of courtesy by all our officers present; Lee raised his hat respectfully, and rode off to break the sad news to the brave fellows whom he had so long commanded. [i]

Surrender is never an easy thing. It tears at the very fabric of our being. One of the main reasons for destructive conflict in marriage is that one or both mates are fighting an ongoing Civil War in their own hearts. The battle is not between the North and the South, but it is between God and self.

We desire to call all the shots and run our life apart from the lordship, direction, and empowering of the Holy Spirit. This very personal, spiritual battle lies at the crux of almost every struggle in marriage, in family, and, in fact, in all relationships.

Galatians 5:16-24 says:

“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.”

Minute by minute, hour by hour, it boils down to this: Choose to follow Christ and His Word or continue to navigate the rocky waters of sin, and stubborn self-will. You will discover that when you lay down your weapons of pride and self-focus, you will become someone your mate wants to be near. You will find yourself with a servant’s heart. When you honor God in your home with a choice to serve your mate and surrender to Christ’s rule, He promises you something. 1Samuel 2:30b says,

“Those who honor me I will honor…”

We invite you to surrender this hour to the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Join Jesus in His prayer to our heavenly Father for surrender in Matthew 6:10:

“your kingdom come, your will be done…”

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PRAYER FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS

“Heavenly Father, I walk on the path of the just which is as the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

I must shine forth with Your joy and peace being a reflection of Jesus to a hurting and afraid world.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

PATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

In these times, people will notice someone who responds differently than the crowd. True faith in God is the thing that empowers us to react differently. This is not to say we will not have anxious feelings or experience moments of doubt, but ultimately our response should be grounded in God’s promises.

In today’s Bible verse, Solomon says one of the most memorable statements in all of Proverbs: The path of righteousness.

“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” (Proverbs 4:18)

When we enter into a path of righteousness through an encounter with Jesus, and when He shines into our lives, that is like the first gleam of dawn. It is the beginning of light. As we move onward in that path, The light shines more and more until the perfect day when Jesus returns, or we are united with Him and get to spend eternity with God.

“So you may walk in the way of goodness, And keep to the paths of righteousness.” (Proverbs 2:20)

If we are walking in the path of righteousness, today’s light is brighter than yesterday’s, and tomorrow will be brighter than today’s. No matter how bad things look at this moment, “never give up hope” because that is a mistake, a deception from the enemy to kill, steal, and destroy us. We stay on the path of righteousness that leads us until we come into the full light and to the full and final revelation of God in eternity.

Life is a journey, and while we are on that journey, it is important we enjoy every moment. There is so much God has placed on our paths right now to make our journey an adventurous one. If all we think about is where we are headed, we will miss out on all the nice things along the way.

The things that we never took the time to see and flew by in the past. While it is great to be focused on the tasks ahead, it is equally important that we enjoy each passing moment too. Life is not just about the future; God wants us to enjoy today.

We need to start by learning to appreciate ourselves and value those God has placed in our paths. Also, appreciate the little things (being alive, able to breathe, having food, family, friends, etc.) God has blessed us with those things. Enjoying the simple little things of life is the key to enjoying the spiritual realities as well.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

If you are on that path of righteousness, keep moving on, and if you have not yet found the path of righteousness, you need to meet Jesus and make Him Lord of your life.


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If You Are On That Path Of Righteousness, Keep Moving On, And If You Have Not Yet Found The Path Of Righteousness, You Need To Meet Jesus And Make Him Lord Of Your Life.

All About Him Prayer

“Heavenly Father, For You sent Jesus into the world and for such a time as this.

You sent Him to be our Savior and Lord. The one who brings us peace in the midst of the storms of life, the Prince of Peace.

I will go into the world by means of even my social avenue to tell this world, Jesus loves them and gave His life for them.

The Good News is the best news for all to hear, and right now is the time. In Jesus’ name,

Amen.”

It’s ALL about HIM

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” John 1:10

“I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.” — Jeremiah 27:5 KJV

The Gospel message is getting a little lost these days with all the attention being paid to the pandemic, and a lot of people have lost track of the fact that it is all about Jesus.

“When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:4)

Ask random people what Jesus means to them, and you are likely to wait a long time until you hear anything about Jesus or the cross. Our message, from beginning to end, is Jesus. Who He was, who He is, what He said, what He did, and what He is going to do.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

We need to have a Jesus movement right now in the middle of the pandemic. Everything needs to focus on Jesus. We have an ideological society that has rejected religion and the institutional church. Right now, the church is online in their homes, live on Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo. Everyone needs a savior, and Jesus needs to be the central figure in all of this.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Our message is all about a person, and our mission is to share that person with the world. God made us belong to Him; we wandered away; Jesus is the way back.

Our society right now needs this personal message. That is non-threatening. That is all about a meaningful relationship with God that comes to someone by way of a meaningful relationship with them. There is not a lot of baggage here. There is not a better time in our lifetime than right now to share this message.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

Our primary concern should be to introduce ourselves to people and in doing so, to introduce them to Jesus, because, as far as we are concerned, that is who it is all about. The best part is you do not have to leave your house to do it.

“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)

Jesus came to save us, unite us, and teach us to love one another. It is that simple. You can think of two-three people right now who need the Good News of the Gospel. It is as easy as inviting them to receive this daily devotion.

Who will you share Jesus with today?

Prayer To Focus Faith

“Heavenly Father, I must come face to face and really see where my faith is focused.

If I have a heart that is full of fear, I must take Your Word and learn Your ways and thoughts.

You promised You would never leave me nor forsake me, so my confidence must be focused on what You say, not the fear that the enemy is trying to have me believe.

Thank You for Your promises to me.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

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PRAYER IS THE ANSWER

It is easy to lose faith and to live in fear of the headlines and people’s predictions. Doctors and other healing professionals are quick to inform us about the impact of what is happening around us.

Living in a constant state of anxiety often leads to an unlimited number of both physical and emotional challenges. Our bodies keep a tab of our feelings (anxiety, sleep disturbance, depression, aches, pains, and loss of focus). Even in shaky, unsettling times, we can have firm confidence in God, because we are people of the Word who know that the world belongs to God.

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 1:2)

God wants us to live in health and prosper. God knows exactly where the virus is and where it is going next. Since God always does what is wise and good, we need to trust God when it concerns this disease.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

God’s rule and authority extend over every microbe and virus. When our lives are filled with challenges, we need to know that someone has our back, and we have a safe place to turn to when we do not feel safe. We need a place where we will be protected, think out loud, and vent our innermost thoughts and feelings. That is in our prayer time with God.

“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

God’s peace comes not from worldly circumstances, but through our relationship with God. We can have an abundant life regardless of what is happening all around us. How is an abundant life possible in the middle of a pandemic?

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)

Real, ultimate healing comes in our relationship with God as He helps us face the truth of any situation. Once we face the truth with God’s strength, we can make the difficult decisions and boldly set boundaries. That includes honestly assessing our physical well being and taking action.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)

Never lose sight of the fact that God is with us and gives us opportunities to change, grow, and heal.

Will you pray and take God’s strength today for your health and finances?

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