My Dear Friends,
Today is a new day.. a gift that's been given to us..
Our response is always Gratefulness.
We turn to the Lord immediately upon waking and thank Him for another day. Spending time with Him and armoring up is what shields us from the fiery darts of the enemy. The enemy loves to try to mess with us because we have the power of the Holy Spirit in us and nothing, nothing and esp. not Satan and His minions can touch us when we walk mightily in the name of Jesus.
The reality of the world we live in is that sin entered when Eve took of the fruit and we can't make sense of alot of things. The tornado that went through Nashville, The Coronavirus, Tsunami's, death, disaters...
WOW... how do we make sense of these things:
I love John Piper and love his wisdom.
He shares the following :
Let’s start with an empirical, historical fact, and a clear Bible fact. The empirical fact is that on the Lord’s Day, Sunday, December 26, 2004, over 200,000 people were killed by a tsunami in the Indian Ocean, including whole churches gathered for worship on the Lord’s Day, swept away in death. That’s the historical fact. That sort of thing has happened to Christians, as long as there have been Christians. Now, the biblical fact is Mark 4:41: “Even the wind and the sea obey [Jesus].” That is as true today as it was then. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
So, put those two facts together — the historical fact and the biblical fact — and you get this truth: Jesus could have stopped the natural disaster, and he did not in 2004. Since he always does what is wise and right and just and good, therefore, he had wise and good purposes in that deadly disaster.
I would say the same thing, therefore, about the coronavirus. Jesus has all knowledge and all authority over the natural and supernatural forces of this world. He knows exactly where the virus started, and where it’s going next. He has complete power to restrain it or not. And that’s what’s happening. Neither sin, nor Satan, nor sickness, nor sabotage is stronger than Jesus. He’s never backed into a corner; he is never forced to tolerate what he does not will. “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations” (Psalm 33:11).
“I know that you can do all things,” Job says in his own repentance, “and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2). So the question is not whether Jesus is overseeing, limiting, guiding, governing all the disasters and all the diseases of the world, including all their sinful and satanic dimensions. He is. The question is, with our Bibles open, how are we to understand this? Can we make sense out of it?the message of Jesus to the world at this moment in history, under the coronavirus — a message to every single human being. Me, and you, and everybody who’s listening, and every ruler on the planet, every person who hears about this, is receiving a thunderclap message of God, saying, “Repent.” Repent and seek God’s mercy to bring your lives — our lives — into alignment with his infinite worth.
So my Dear Friends we can remember when it looks like things are out of control, behind the scenes is a God who has not surrendered authority.
We ask Him in the might name of Jesus to protect us and our families. We ask how can we help during this time of fear and concern, how can we stand firm in our walk with the Lord and show others the Love we have for HIm.
Finally, as you watch the world react to this crisis—itself a stark reminder of our mortality—don’t neglect to share the hope you have in Jesus (1 Pet. 3:15). Share how he rescued you from the universal epidemic of sin and the penalty of death. Share that your hope is not found in remaining healthy this side of heaven.
We’ll all face death eventually. Thanks to Jesus, we can come to that day with confidence. Like Paul, we can remember that to live is Christ, but to die is gain (Phil. 1:21). We truly have nothing ultimate to fear—not from the coronavirus, the Ebola virus, natural disasters, or anything else.
Press on, friends. Pray for the sick. Walk in God’s strength. Love others. Do good to all men. Use your health to serve, not to hide. Jesus is sovereign over it all. And we are immortal until God’s work for us to do is finished.