We cannot change the fact that the world is facing a dangerous pandemic. We cannot change how it is affecting our lives. The 10% of what is happening to us is out of our control, but for God’s people it’s a good time to have a spiritual breakthrough and not a mental breakdown. What we can do is ask God to give us His power in the 90% of how we react to all this with a Christ like attitude.
2 Corinthians 4:8-10
8 We are hard pressed on every side but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
During Lent let’s remember that the disciples’ world was falling apart too, and Jesus knew his hour of suffering was getting closer. The government is telling us now that things will get worse before they get better. Jesus said the same thing to his followers too. He warned them of the persecution and hardships in the 10% to come but he gave them hope to help them live in the 90% where God could help them react with a Christ like attitude.
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Christians can live 10% in the pain of Jesus’ crucifixion and 90% in the power of his resurrection. Let His resurrection power rule in your life today and you will have a spiritual break though – not a mental breakdown.
Rev. Smith is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church www.emanuelreformedchurch.net and can be reached at 828-962-8196 or email@example.com.
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