“If Christians would spend as much time studying healing scriptures as they do the Corona Virus, they wouldn’t be nearly as stressed out!”
I posted that statement on Facebook Monday afternoon and in 36 hours it was shared 64 times and had 27 comments. Apparently I hit a nerve!
The thought popped in my head as I listened to Christians and non-Christians stress out about the Corona Virus. It makes sense for an unbeliever to worry, but why were Christians with a covenant of healing stressing out about a disease?
Sometimes it seems like many Christians have had their identity stolen. They are children of the King, yet they live like unbelievers. The apostle Paul knows how I feel. Look at these verses in Ephesians 4:
17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them,
Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus and said to quit living like Gentiles (unbelievers) who don’t have a covenant with God. He went on to say that because of what they thought on, their minds became futile which caused their understanding to become dark. This caused them to become alienated (separated) from the life of God – THE LIFE OF GOD THAT WAS ALREADY ON THE INSIDE OF THEM!
Think about it for a minute. When a person gets saved, God puts the same power on the inside of them that raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus took on all of the sin of humanity and literally became sin in our place. There hasn’t been a greater miracle in the history of the world than raising Jesus from the dead.
From God’s perspective, it takes far less power to protect you and me from the Corona virus than to raise Jesus from the dead. Resurrection power lives on the inside of us so we don’t have anything to worry about. So why do we worry?
It comes back to where we place our attention. Do we focus on the negative news reports and our friends and neighbors fears or do we meditate on the promises of scripture that say, “by His stripes we were healed” and “no plague will come near our dwelling.”
Where do our thoughts focus and where do they dwell? That will be our heaven or that will be our hell. Look at Psalm 91:
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
God promised that no evil shall befall us, nor shall any plague, sickness, or disease come near our dwelling. The key to walking in that promise is verse 9. Making the Lord our dwelling place. We must set our thoughts, imagination, and heart on His promises of love, forgiveness, healing, and protection. This must be our dwelling place, not just our visitation during a Sunday church service or as we like and share our favorite minister’s latest social media post.
Psalm 91 goes on to say that 1,000 may fall at our side and 10,000 at our right hand because we have made the Lord our refuge. When we choose to make God our refuge, He promises to deliver us from the destruction that may harm those around us.
I want to encourage you to make the Lord your refuge today. Mediate His word until it gets deep in your heart and you see yourself as the Lord sees you: healed, protected, and delivered.
If you would like to more about God’s promise of healing, check out this message my friend Carlie Terradez taught at Grace Life Church. And let’s all pray against the Coronia Virus and command it to go back to the pit of hell that it came from!