Let's talk about CORONAVIRUS. What does scripture say about how to handle this? I felt led to share a Christian perspective & my thoughts.
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CORONAVIRUS. A Christian Perspective & My Thoughts!
Full Transcript from EPISODE 154.5:
Today we are talking about my thoughts on the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
I want to focus on how we can have a Christ-like perspective on not only the COVID-19 pandemic, but things of this world that we can’t control and quite frankly, terrify us. On the other hand, maybe you feel like this entire situation is ridiculous and angry with the media and you feel like they are blowing this whole thing out of proportion, or that our leadership isn’t handling the situation properly.
I don’t know where you’re at personally, but I want to remind all of you ladies that we are all one incredible and beautiful body under Christ and of Christ! We are his kingdom soldiers! But here’s the thing, the enemy WANTS to divide us and this is the perfect opportunity for the Devil to come in and rip us apart by using judgement, hate, casting stones at one another and getting angry at opinions of others. Ladies, this is the Enemy’s work! That is why I felt so compelled to talk about this topic today because I wanted to remind you that there is nothing that we need to worry about.
Sure, it’s ok to agree to disagree when it comes to things of this world and on the coronavirus specifically. What is NOT ok to do is to disagree with God’s clear directions in scripture that say: stay together, love, support each other and be united!
Now, I know that with this coronavirus outbreak MILLIONS of school aged children were asked to stay home for a handful of weeks and that includes my kiddos too! When I first got the call that school was cancelled for the next three weeks, I got pretty excited honestly! I had visions of snuggles and movie marathons and rainbows and sunshine. Well those visions were distroyed in about 2.5 seconds when my boys started to fight and argue and then I started to get all twitchy. You mamas feel me? But in all honesty, I am really excited about this social quarantine situation and I am CHOOSING to find the JOY in it all! God can use anything for good, ladies! Please remember that you do NOT need to be afraid because God is here for you!
Are you freaking out because school is canceled, and you have to go to work? Pray! God has got this!
Maybe you’re one of those who couldn’t get to the store in time and you ain’t got no TP…well if it comes down to it you’ve probably got a shelf full of books and or magazines and if you need to… just use a couple pages! (haha!)
But in all seriousness, there is a solution to every problem so let’s just choose to take a second and BREATHE and remember, God’s kingdom is not at risk.
Did you get that? God’s kingdom is NOT at risk!
God is sitting at the throne of this entire universe and he knows what’s going on here on earth. God has so much grace and answers for those that just relax and stay calm and just put our trust in Him.
So listen, if you are someone who is really feeling afraid during these unpredictable times… just breathe. God’s got this.
The second thing that I really feel led to share with you is that we can’t be divided! Everyone is asking each other how they feel about the corona virus. We’re all getting screenshots of how you “need to put Neosporin up your nose. Take all the Vitamins! Don’t go anywhere!”… then on the other end of the spectrum, we are getting messages saying, “the media is blowing all of this out of proportion! Where was the media during the Swine Flu?” Honestly, it just makes me sad to see how little faith we all have and how we are so quick to default to fear, anger and hostility instead of, “Hey, how can we work together? How can we get through this? How can we support each other? How can I make sure I don’t get sick so I don’t spread it?”
When I think about this personally, I have people in my immediate 5, my CORE humans on this planet that have autoimmune issues, that have cancer and it’s terrifying! I get it! I don’t want to get sick and then pass it along to those who I love so fiercely! However, I don’t want to live in a spirit of fear because I want to put my faith in God. I also want to proactive and cautious because HELLO…. people I deeply care about are at risk!
But here’s the deal ladies, Mark 3:24 If a Kingdom is divided against itself, the kingdom cannot stand. I know that I was called to this ministry to talk to you guys about how to have a Christ-like perspective over your calling, doing God’s work in your life, and to recognize those spiritual giftings He’s given you so that you can go and impact change in whatever your corner of the world is. But here is what I also know for sure, if we are not together as ONE and we are not working TOGETHER to better his kingdom… everything will crumble! The kingdom cannot stand! God needs us to be one. He needs us to be together!
1 Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
What does that mean to me? Now, I’m no theologist, so forgive me for whatever perspective you may have on that verse, but I interpret that as we are being called to be one united kingdom. The thoughts of those in a united kingdom are: How can I serve the Kingdom? How can I show up in love, in grace, in understanding, in flexibility right now? How can I support what’s going on and possibly make it easier for someone else? How can I bring peace to someone else? How can I pray for those who are afraid/the media/our leadership/my family (who might be adding to the divisiveness right now)?
What can I do?
I can be supportive and understanding. I can choose to not add fuel to the fire! That’s really what this verse means to me. How can we not be divided? How can we be the example that the world desperately needs right now of love, compassion and all of the other positive things we just mentioned?
I would just like to encourage you ladies. How are you reacting right now? How are you reacting to the news of your kids being off for the next several weeks? How are you reacting to having no toilet paper? Are you angry and frustrated and venting all over social media? How is that helping God’s Kingdom?
There was something I read regarding this whole crazy situation was SO GOOD so I told my husband that I really wanted to share it with you all and he said, “Why? What are you doing to this whole battle by sharing that? If you were to share that, you would be opening up a whole can of worms” … and then it hit me, he was so right! I come from a place where I want to be prepared, not out of fear and because I do have people close to me that are in the high-risk category and I feel like I need to prepare for them. I was so thankful that my husband said something because I don’t want to feel like my desire to be prepared is clouding my ability to appreciate someone else’s opinion and not throwing shade at them. I want to be able to encourage people to say, “I love you where you’re at. I’m sorry you feel that way, but I am here for you and I want you to feel better. How can I support you?” THAT is the message I want to share with you. I want to encourage you to really be the beacon of God’s word in scripture which is love, being united and supporting each other.
Peter 1:3-8 finally, all of you be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
These are all such great characteristics to live by. Sympathy and love (I mean, how many times have we heard love in these scriptures?!) Then we have compassion and being humble. Now, I don’t know how many of you find being humble hard, but it is hard for me! When something like this is going on, it’s hard not to get caught up with feelings like “Oh no, what are we going to do? The economy is going to fail and it’s going to take decades to get out of it!”. It’s so easy to point fingers and place blame on our leadership, the media, a political party. This is what the enemy wants you to do! I would really encourage you, instead of placing blame and pointing fingers, PRAY! Let’s come together. Let’s breathe. Let’s ENJOY this moment of stillness. Let’s think about, how can we become better during this time? I am personally praying over what this time can be for me. Perhaps maybe for you this can be a time for fasting and intercessory prayer, inflection, or a time to pour into your business. Maybe you have been called to serve and you can find ways to help the community? Maybe you have been called to give and you can financially give to help others who are struggling in that way during this time. Maybe you are being called to pour into your family more and you can choose to focus on them, get off of social media and just enjoy your time together.
There are little blessings hidden in every situation, mamas, but we have to CHOOSE that perspective. I want you to trust that God’s got this and He’s got you covered. You are covered in His grace.
Ephesians 2:14 For He Himself is our peace who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility
I mean, WOW! Again, and again, inside of God’s word, we hear: BE ONE!
So let’s choose that, my loves! Let’s choose that today and let’s choose that for the weeks and months to come. Let’s choose that no matter what is happening on this earth because it doesn’t matter what’s happening here! We are not of this earth, we are of His Kingdom! You know what? If the world crumbled around us today, we get to go to heaven! AMEN! It’s all gravy! My salvation awaits and so does YOURS! Let’s not get caught up in the fears and the fights. Let’s not add to the fuel and the judgement. Just be where you are and acknowledge your feelings and your heart. You do what you need to do to feel peace. Whatever that is for you... maybe that’s some extra TP, maybe it’s making sure you’re stocked up on coffee like me because hello… I’m not going to no sore with no coffee! You feel me? So whatever that peace bringing action is for you, go ahead and do that… and then LOVE each other! Extend peace, grace and understanding to those who are frustrating you right now. Better yet, pray over them! Pray over those who have a weak immune system. Pray over those who are afraid. Pray over those who are being really divisive right now so that they can have some compassion and humility. Pray over our leadership so that they can make the right choices and be God led and God fueled. Pray over yourself so that you can be happy and excited in the stillness. Pray over our world because it desperately needs it right now!
Love and Light,
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