In the light of the current COVID-19 pandemic what is our Christian response? How should we respond in times like these?
Our key scripture passage today is the whole of Psalm 91. Obviously, there is not space or time to cover all sixteen verses. So, I’ve highlighted key words and phrases from verses 1-11.
I want us to meditate on those verses:
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the [a]fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and [b]buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you…..9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.”
(Psalm 91:1-11, NKJV)
Here’s today’s sermon in a nutshell:
*Choose Faith in God over Fear
*Pray Effectively for those who have been affected
*Attack the coronavirus through prayer
The opening words of Psalm 91 are “He who dwells” A born-again believer ‘dwells’ or ‘lives’ in God daily. Many ‘visit’ God in times like these. They don’t live with God. They just visit when they need God’s help. But a true Christian dwells in their Heavenly Father’s presence 24/7. To dwell is to focus on someone or something.
Because born-again believers dwell in that secret place of God’s very heart of love, His perfect love casts out fear (1John 4:18). Real Christians Choose Faith over fear. They walk / live by faith and not by sight. (2Cor, 5:7)
To see results to your prayers put your one hundred percent trust in Jesus and nothing else. Ask Father God to wrap His loving caring arms around those who have been affected. Also that they may experience God’s healing, hope and peace. For the affected who do not know God ask the Holy Spirit to lead them to Jesus.
As born-again believers who are wall-to-wall Holy Spirit we can attack the coronavirus by doing exactly what Jesus did to the fig tree. Command the coronavirus’s cells to shrivel up and die in Jesus’ Name and expect them to die.
Finally, set your mind on God’s presence instead on the fearful prophecies by the media. By all means be wise, be prepared, be aware, BUT, never buy into fear. Mediation remember, is focus thinking. So, meditate on God’s love, protection, wisdom, guidance, peace, joy, power, strength, and hope. Again, hear His promise, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5)