Over the past several weeks I have emphatically taught about God’s will to heal and protect His kids during the Corona outbreak. When we know who we are and whose we are, we having nothing to fear because the Bible says no plague can come near our dwelling.
This brings up an obvious question. What if I get the Corona Virus? God’s promises to heal and deliver are truth and He will perform His word for anyone who believes, but what if I’m not in faith? What if I get sick? What if I die?
Before you say, “Pastor Brian, you don’t sound like you are in faith,” I will assure you I am. I don’t think it’s a sign of unbelief that I ask these questions. When I ask myself these questions it strengthens my faith in God’s will to heal and protect. Let me explain.
Look at this passage out of Philippians 1:
21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.
When Paul wrote this passage, he had undergone a tremendous amount of persecution and was then thrown in jail. In the face of immense persecution, Paul was able to keep an eternal perspective. Dying is gain. It really is better to go to be with Jesus in heaven than to live down here on earth. Sometimes in the midst of trying to believe God for our healing and protection, we forget this.
Paul had a different perspective. When you read these passages, he’s basically saying he’d rather be in heaven. He knew it was better to be on earth and preach the gospel so he could take more people to heaven with him, but his desire to be with Jesus was so strong, he said he was hard-pressed to stay.
He decided to stay because he could help people, but if a Pharisee or Roman soldier threatened to kill him, do you think Paul cared? I think not. He’d have been so excited he would have probably high-fived them before they cut off his head.
If you are the devil, how do you intimidate a guy like that? He wants to go to heaven and be with Jesus. If he lives he wins and preaches the gospel and if he dies he wins because he’s with Jesus. He can’t lose for winning! He has no pressure.
If we took this same perspective when believing for divine protection and healing, we wouldn’t fill any pressure either. I’ve personally hit a place in my walk with the Lord, that I’d rather be with Him than down here anyway. I’m not afraid of dying. Satan can’t threaten me with that. It would be awesome to see Jesus face to face and spend eternity worshipping Him.
I’ve tried to imagine how a conversation with the devil threatening to take my life would go:
Devil: “I’m killing you with Corona.”
Me: “I’m healed in Jesus’s name.”
Devil: “You aren’t in faith. You don’t really believe you are healed. You are dying.”
Me: “Dude! That’ so awesome! I’m gonna see Jesus!
Devil: “You might recover.”
Me: “Awesome! Then I’ll hang out with my wife and kids some and continue my ministry of making disciples! Praise God!”
The point is when we consider the worst that could happen, it increases our faith. It takes all the pressure off of believing for our healing and protection because if we win we win and if we lose we win. It’s only when Satan can get us under pressure that he can build an inroad into our life through fear.
I want to encourage you to believe God for divine protection and healing during this season. Read the word, hide it in your heart, and confess it out of your mouth! Believe God, because He put you on this earth for a reason! But remember, what’s the worst that can happen? You die and go be with Jesus! When you think about it that way, you’ll have to use you faith to stay here!
If you need a faith boost, check out this recent message!