Rage….against this infectious storm
enveloping lands drunk with empty promise, as we
proudly stick up the middle fingers of our diverse gods toward
enemy number one, as Gods laws’ are spat out of minds. And mouths
nepharious with artful deception, sequester away
time, which slides, with exponential speed, toward our ultimate doom.
I think God’s hand is mighty in this pandemic. He has timed the exponential explosion right when the salvation work of Jesus is celebrated. As the worst of humanity rears its ugly head, society implodes when people have no hope. And it is during this time of year when God’s hope is easy to read about. I wholeheartedly believe that God is using this virus as a way to lead people back to Him. This may also be God’s judgment for our rampant and embedded evil and that the only answer lies in individual and world repentance. Dont you feel the evil surrounding you? Arent you tired of it’s hold on your soul? It is time to repent, turn away from our sin, throw ourselves in front of the seat of our mighty Creator and accept His gift of salvation found only in Christ Jesus. For some of you, time is of the essence and not on your side. Now is the time to decide, now can be the day of your salvation.
God requires you to do the following to restore communion with Him:
Confess your sin to Him and ask for forgiveness
(Romans 3:23 All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God; Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is Jesus Christ our Lord; 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.)
Acknowledge that YOU can not save yourself and that you need God to save you through His plan of salvation. Believe in God’s plan of salvation from eternal death through the sacrifice of His only son, Jesus Christ, who covered our sins and became our perfect and only sacrifice. Confess that Jesus as Lord and Savior and call on Him for salvation.
(John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. )
Living a life after salvation is an active process! Turn away from your sin, follow God’s commands, grow in daily communion with Him by following Jesus daily. Confess new sin, read and obey the word of God, fellowship with other christians, look for opportunities to help others and spread the word of the gospel (“good news of God’s salvation plan”)
(James 1:21-22 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.)
Show evidence of your new life in Jesus and get baptized. Baptism is a commandment that we are ordered to follow.
(1 Peter 3:21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.)
May God bless you and keep you in these trials. The book of James is an excellent place to start daily reading as the chapters are short and to the point and the advise is very practical. Chapter one tells us how to live during trials and persecutions.