Sunday, April 26, 2020

A Good Time For God's Church to Examine Themselves In Light Coronavirus Quarantine?

Dear friends, in the last month and a half; because of the coronavirus quarantine, many of us have experienced things which we never thought possible! The closure of schools, businesses, churches, national sports leagues including March Madness college hoop! A collapsing stock market, massive unemployment, a two trillion dollar national stimulus package, a national shortage of toilet paper etc... etc...!  We as a nation have been moving at light speed as a society and a nation and in the ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS Divine WISDOM and PROVIDENCE of Almighty God our Creator, He has allowed such events to say; Slow down and consider your and my ETERNAL ways (Psalm 139:23-24, Prov.14:12, John 3:19-21). If we can take anything away from all of this, it is that we as humans truly have zero control over life events and global crises. Indeed our Lord stated, to focus on one day at a time, The ETERNAL end of a matter and to practice a "Lord willing" mindset as we walk through this fallen world (Matt. 6:25-34, Col. 3:1-4, James 4:15). We do our part as best we can, but we live in a fallen world, under fallen demonic powers, who we as humans have listened to since the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3; 11; John 3:19-21; Rom. 1:18-32, 2 Cor. 4: 3-4, Eph. 2:, 1 John 5:19).

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you (Matt. 6:33)!"

One place for many, which is dear and precious to them as blood brought children is the gathering together each Sunday in the House of the Lord, to hear His precious Word, to sing praises in Spirit and Truth to our beloved God and Savior, to fellowship with the saints in Spirit and Truth, to be challenged and to seek Almighty God's PERFECT WILL and Way for His people and our lives; here in time for His ETERNAL GLORY (Psalm 23; 27:4, 1 John 1:1-4, 2 John 1:6)!

In light of the coronavirus quarantine churches are closed and I personally wonder how that sits with many people. Now is a good time to evaluate our hearts before the Lord and see if this seems a good thing to us or are we longing as soon as possible to be together again with the saints in a precious and special way in God's House (Psalm 27:4; 139:23-24, John 3:20-21, 2 Cor. 13:5). Closed church doors is good news to some folk, while it is tragic to others!

 Dear friends, let us all use this time very wisely to seek the Lord in a special and personal way and not let any quarantines close down God's people and gatherings! The Church building may be closed for a little season, but the body of Christ and Throne of Almighty God's Grace is always opened for business!

I love how God's people are seeking to overcome all this quarantine and using the mediums of this day to still connect as assemblies via prayer, Bible studies, and worship services through radio, live stream, Youtube, Zoom etc... Dear friends, let us all use this time very wisely to seek the Lord in a special and personal way and not let any quarantines close down God's people and gatherings (Eph. 5:13-21)! The Church building may be closed for a little season, but the body of Christ and Throne of Almighty God's Grace is always opened for business (Heb. 4:14-16)!  May we do our part to encourage, strengthen and pray for each other during this time and seek Almighty God's PERFECT WILL in such days! Enjoy your Lord's Day today!

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

DP I.F.



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