COVID - 19 and Affirmations of God's Kingdom



COVID - 19 and Affirmations of God's Kingdom

Lord I have heard:

  1. Conspiracy theories
  2. Communism takeover by the government 

The stories and the rhetoric abound and everyone has their opinions.  Social media provides a platform for many.
Lord I affirm that you are King and LORD over everything.  The early Christians and the early church faced horrendous things compared to this.  And did they panic?  Did they rebel?
On the contrary they blossomed!  They honoured their leaders.  They obeyed.

Romans 13:1-5 (NIV) Submission to Governing Authorities
1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

1 Peter 2:13-17 (NIV) 13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.


John 19:8-11 (NIV) 8 When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9 and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”
11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

We are citizens of another kingdom.  The kingdom of God.    

What we need:
  • God’s blessing and protection
  • God’s love.
  • Holiness and purity.  
  • Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17 (NIV) 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,

We need to live for Christ:

  • We need to pray fervently, live righteously, read and live the scriptures passionately.
  • We need to love other, lay our lives down and serve people.
  • We need to die to our own selves, our desires, our wants, our flesh.
  • We need to give.
  • We need to help.
  • We need to honour those over us.
  • We need to, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” (Mark 12:17)
  • We need to be kind, polite, helpful, and caring.
  • We need words coming from us that are helpful, building others up, and encouraging others.


And
Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau, every demon floating around, and even the devil himself cannot stop us from doing those things!
We are the people of God.  We have been called out of darkness into his marvellous light.  And we will live like it, act like it, and talk like it. 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV) “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

And…
Most of all remember

Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV)  But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.


So let us bring as many people as possible on our pilgrimage to heaven as we can!

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