By Joseph Hayes
It’s been different for us all.
No matter what your life was like before, it must be different in some way now.
When everything comes to a screeching halt, what do you do?
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When people around you start to panic and lose hope, how do you hold onto your own?
We have all faced various moments of pressure in the past few weeks that have increased in intensity as the world has attempted to adjust to an enemy it can’t see.
During this moment of pressure, we should all take a cue from Jesus and remember what He told His disciples to do as He drew near to the conclusion of His natural life.
In Matthew 26, Jesus said to his disciples after their heavy hearts had fallen asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane while He was praying:
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41 KJV)
At a time where the entire world is shut down, our country and the world should humble itself and do what God has said to do to avoid temptation.
There are so many things that we can learn from the things taking place around us right now.
In the past few months, we have watched several historic situations. Yet the world appears to be left no better off.
This week when I was thinking about everything that has taken place in the past few months, it brought back to my remembrance what Jesus revealed to us through what was taking place around Him on the way to the cross.
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Luke 23:26-31 reads:
“And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.
But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?”If people were to act so unjustly then to Jesus, when there is still food on the vines and the trees, what will it be like during days of famine, when people are food insecure?
We have already seen what people will do over toilet paper. Peace is now being taken from the earth in stages right before our eyes as we draw closer to the return of Jesus Christ. Everything is beginning to line up with Biblical prophecy as mankind is even losing its freedoms.
Just like birth pains, we are drawing closer and closer to an ultimate day. But Jesus warned us to be watchful, or that day of His return would close in on the world like a trap (Luke 21:34-36 NIV).
“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth.
“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
The world will always struggle with a situation such as a pandemic because it is ultimately a spiritual matter.
And anything that requires faith in God is going to require walking in spiritual authority through what Jesus has already accomplished.
What do you do during moments such as these? You stand in what Jesus has already accomplished. His work is more than enough.
Jesus has already won the victory through coming to the earth, living a perfect life, taking on our penalty in hell and being resurrected from death. Because of what He’s done, we have the authority to do the same things that He did in the earth.
He even said that we would do greater things as we lived our lives. So we just have to continue living, we will make it through the pressure.
And if you haven’t received Jesus Christ yet, to welcome Him into your life as your Lord and Savior that is the first step to a beautiful life. Start by believing and saying out loud: Heavenly Father, I come to you in Jesus’ name. Please forgive me of my sins. I believe your Son Jesus was sent to earth to die for me on the cross and that he rose from the dead. I receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Jesus take my life and use it for your glory. I choose to extend forgiveness to anyone who has sinned against me. Welcome to God’s family! Your spirit is born again!
Choose to spend time learning more about Jesus in the Bible. You can study Him in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Seek God on what local church you should attend to learn more about Him and choose to put your faith on display by being baptized. As you continue learning about God, be His ambassador and continue sharing what you have learned with everyone. Where you go, the Lord goes. So choose to represent Him today.