“God’s getting our attention,” said Nicky Gumbel of Alpha Ministries about the current virus epidemic.
Matt 24:42, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.”
Father God, we turn to You. We’re at a loss, we’re scared, You’re God who never sleeps, thank You for providing all of our needs, for healing the sick, strengthening the weak, giving us Your word, life, love and future.
“It is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” Romans 13:11
How can we be aware of the anti-Christ? a man asked me.
“Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the
Father and the Son.”
1 John 2:22
(also, see 1 John 2:18-23)
My first thought to answer him is that you need to know the Word of God, and be filled with His Spirit. Jesus says, “the Spirit of Truth will tell you all things.” in John 16:13.
Remembering teachings from Daniel and Revelation about the end of time and the anti-Christ; he’s going to be popular and perform miracles, he’ll be a false teacher simply because he disagrees with the Word of God and is God’s enemy and our enemy.
“God is rich in mercy” Ephesians 2:4
**Read the Bible and allow the Holy Spirit to talk to you, and you won’t get fooled.
Colossians 3:5, “…Put to death…covetousness, which is idolatry”
“You left your first Love”
Wow, the Bible’s really serious here about this, in a lot of other books, too, especially Hosea. We all fall short, but when You get to know God in a relationship, You begin to understand how much He loves us. So much stuff gets in the way, even works and we get distracted and competitive, when He wants to be Firstin our lives. Like setting aside special times in the day with Him, a friend does it at 3:16 in the afternoon, I love the mornings with Him.
Psalm 63:3, “Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.”
You Lord on high, Holy One, are the reason why Paul went through all those trials, because of You, being with You, serving You, honoring You
“One day in Your courts is better than a thousand.” Psalm 84:10
“What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for Whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ ” Philippians 3:8 (NIV)
“I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses”
Through this epidemic, there’s no difference for people who were shut in before; living alone, not driving, maybe not walking, having meals delivered to them. Now we’re all living like them. Could they have resilience that we sometimes lack?
Matthew 24:13, “Those who endure to the end will be saved.”
LORD Father, help us care for our neighbors and friends, keep communication open, bless them with comfort, provisions and encouraging words and songs.