“Go, My people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while…” Isaiah 26: 20.
‘For the times they are a-changin’- a right time for everything – a time to be silent and a time to speak; a time to destroy and a time to build; a time to hug and a time to refrain from hugging…especially during this pandemic era with its social distancing, washing of hands, quarantining of the sick, and so on, to stop, prevent spread of the infectious disease which is not foreign to the Bible.
Let my people go, so they can worship me Exodus 8: 1.
This ‘Pandemic’ reminds me of being a modern ‘Pharaoh’
- Cancelling worship services depriving worshippers of meeting together;
- ‘Masks’ – of religious hypocrites hiding behind religious masks;
- ‘Washing hands’ as washing hands-off responsibility;
- ‘Social-distancing’ that befits some ‘WhatsApp Christians’ who would rather
- Zoom than collect in a room and pray.
- Chat (forward messages) than Call (phone).
This is a Wakeup Call – Repent!
They say an original is hard to find easy to recognize. During this time there seems more of despising of authority, leaving the foundational truths, discarding originals – God’s Generals, bringing closure of churches to build empires (on sand), pursuing self-made dreams in disregard to biblical principles of submission and obedience.
The less power a Church has the more entertainment she has. And here you find many playing Church. Churches being given over to spiritual apathy and scriptural apostasy, and great entertainment. masterminded by the ‘great deceiver,’ the archenemy of our souls at hand – deceive, if possible, even the elect (Mark 13: 22); everything hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light. (Mark 4: 22). God will bring every act to judgment everything hidden whether good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:14) –
Remember, the closer we are to Jesus the Shepherd the safer we are from wolves!
This is a Wakeup Call – Repent!
Prophets are needed in a deteriorating world today but more specifically as a prophetic voice in Church, as a herald to keep people ready for the soon coming return of Jesus, but are rejected because they are forthright and outright – opposing the popular in morality and spirituality. Their message: Repent, be reconciled to God or else…!
Judgement has begun in the house of the Lord (1 Peter 4: 17).
Religious masks are being ripped off revealing true identity. In fact, no one can hide behind a religious mask forever; sooner or later the mask slips and the identity is revealed. A Christian life is the window through which others can see Jesus. We need to evangelize more fervently. While we do that we keep running the race and yet keep ourselves ready knowing full well that we will have to give an account of our earthly sojourn. (Romans 14: 12).
The earth recedes and Heaven’s gates open… Jesus is coming soon. Are we ready? Are our lamps burning?
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim. In the light of His glory and grace”
– Jesus loves you precious one!
What kind of report are we hearing in today’s world – let’s hear some…
- Empty streets, no planes in the sky;
- Everything is silent. Laughter devoid
- Confined recluse between walls they say
- News media, Window to the outside world display
- Neighbours at bay we keep our way;
- Fear unparalleled, strong expose
- Thoughts of demise plague young and old;
- Death wears a mask that confronts one and all
- A disease killing lives, spreading negative vibes
- What happens next one can surmise
– Bad Report!
Let’s Read God’s Report
God is deeply concerned about those who love Him, who are called according to His plan and purpose, causing all things to work together for their good (Romans 8:28).
He has plans not to harm but to prosper us, and give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). He uses evil to bring about good as he did with Joseph who said to his brothers, “You meant evil against me, but God used it for good.” (Genesis 50:20)
Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles.
There is always hope because God is the God of hope – something good is going to happen; something good is in store
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Be Blessed and Highly Favoured!