BE PROACTIVE: Encouragement from Bishop Bob Coulter:
Isa 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (NKJV)
The Coronavirus is still with us and the fear and panic are rising. I believe this could be the church’s greatest hour, if we do not fall into fear and join the panic. Remember Rom 8:15-17 Tells fear is not our inheritance.
In the verse in Isaiah I just read, God tells us not to be dismayed for God will strengthen you and help you. He will uphold you. This virus not a surprise to God. In Heb 13:5 God assures us “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Now is the time for us to walk out Prov 3:5, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
We, the church, must bring hope and life to our Sphere of Influence. First, I would suggest that you start by protecting your home and family by praying the blood of Jesus over your house and family. Repent of anything that is not godly in your home and lives. I would suggest you anoint your doors and windows with oil and pray the blood of Christ over the entire house.
Ex 12:13, which is our example, says: The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.
We are in a spiritual war against the Coronavirus, and the spirit behind it creating fear and the panic. The church must not be absent for this war. We, the church, are the only ones who have the authority and power, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to bring the battle to the enemy and win.
We must be proactive by interceding in the situation. We must pray life into our sphere of influence, our country and the world.
I know the U.S. Government has requested no gatherings of more than 10. While that limits many physical meetings, God has given us a tool that we can still bring the Gospel of Peace and Hope to many. It is called the internet. There many ways to connect and “forsake not the assembling” of ourselves together. Through cell phones, computers, tablets we can utilize FREE resources to meet and broadcast: Facebook live, Zoom, Free Conference Call to name a few. We will have some of these resources listed on the web later this week You can do live video, or just audio. On the worldwide web we have an opportunity to actually reach people that might never darken the door.
If you are a church or have a regular Bible study or meetings in your home, I encourage you to use the internet to broadcast your message to your members to encourage them. Many churches already broadcast on Facebook. If you not broadcasting, I encourage you to make it happen.
Start a Bible study online and hold prayer meetings online. In April TMCI will start holding Internet connecting conferences on the first and third Monday night of each month. On the Second Monday we will be having a prayer meeting for the nation. The fourth Monday we have World Prayer when we pray for our missionaries and the countries they serve. We encourage you to join us.
Lastly, let us remember this: Prov 18:21 also tells we can speak death into the situation. Let us speak death to rumors and misinformation that cause panic and let us speak DEATH to the virus and kill it.
Speak forth and bring life to those around us and speak death to the Coronavirus. Use the authority and power you have in Christ’s name, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to call the Coronavirus null and void. Mark 11:23 gives us that authority: For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
Let us let God use us to be part of the solution and the use us to bring revival in the land. This is our opening to make this the finest and greatest hour for THE Church.