I love Psalm 91; it is so full of good news. With all of the change the whole world is facing today, God’s word and His promises do not change and it is good to remind ourselves of this fact. If you haven’t read this Psalm recently, please do and consider reading it daily as recommended in point number one below. Its truth is so encouraging in this hour.
Did you know that God in His word outlined a process of how to stop an infectious disease? Once it was diagnosed by the high priest, that person was to go into isolation for seven days. They were then to be examined a second time and possibly go into a second seven day isolation. (See Leviticus 13)
Let’s also be reminded and take to heart the process outlined by our government to keep the spread of this virus to a minimum. Romans 13 instructs us to submit to the governing authorities as they have been established by God. To not submit is to be in rebellion against what God has established. (See Romans 13:1,2)
John G. Lake (1870-1935) was an evangelist and also known as a “faith healer” who lived through the Bubanic Plague. He stayed on the ground, ministering to the sick and actually helped to bury the dead. When asked by the doctors what protection he was using he said, “…the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. I believe that just as long as I keep my soul in contact with the living God so that His Spirit is flowing into my soul and body, that no germ will ever attach itself to me, for the Spirit of God will kill it.” (See the article here.)
Here are 7 words of encouragement for you and for those whom you touch.
- Meditate on Psalm 91 each and every day. Read it to your children so they know of God’s protection over them. Pray this Psalm over your household.
- Remember the Passover when the Israelites’ doorways had blood sprinkled on them. (See Exodus 12:23) Those dwellings were not touched. You have authority in the Name of Jesus to pray protection over your household. Take that authority boldly against the evil one and protect your household in the Spirit.
- Do not operate in fear or anxiety. The love of Jesus is perfect and casts out all fear. (See I John 4:7-21) Anxiety takes the place of prayer and keeps us from trusting God. (See Proverbs 12:25; Philippians 4:6,7) Rather, operate in a spirit of faith.
- Keep rejoicing and keep giving thanks. A thankful heart is a heart absent of complaint. A heart that rejoices is a heart full of life. (See Philippians 4:4; I Thessalonians 5:18)
- Think and pray about how you can serve others. Do you have a neighbor that you need to check on? Is there an elderly person who should not go to the store at this time and you can make the trip for them? How can you and your family serve those who are at a higher risk? Remember that difficulties in life can also provide opportunities. (See Matthew 20:28; I Peter 4:10)
- We can trust God in all things, including this precarious season. Place all your hope and trust in the Lord; He does not disappoint. (See Psalms 25:1,2; 31:14; 62:8)
- Pray for government leaders in decision making. Pray for your church family to stay strong and faith filled. Pray for opportunities to serve others. Prayer will help us to maintain a proper focus. Pray without ceasing! (I Thessalonians 5:17)
Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
And Romans 15:13 states, “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.”