The Divine Reset
I wrote and published my last post Covid19 and Living Your Best Life Now on 3/18/2020. At 10 PM that evening I received a call from my sister telling me that our dad had died. My loss is his gain, my sweet Daddy is actually living his best life now!!
It’s completely surreal to live through a week void of my earthly father but filled with the presence of my Abba Father. I’m trying to wrap my head around the fact that this is my new normal.
I’m more convinced than ever that this worldwide pandemic is a pandemic of fear more than anything.
While I’ve spent precious time with the Lord and cried more tears than I knew I had, I have been filled with righteous anger at the stupor the church has found herself in while facing this crisis. I sense the Lord has allowed it to flesh out the wolves and the goats. He will also use this world crisis for the tearing down of strongholds – man’s traditions and man’s ways – that have become idols in the church.
I believe that there is a deceptive veil over the eyes of many who name the name of Christ that needs to be lifted in order for them to finally see the church’s current state of Lifelessness. I also sense witchcraft is at work. I pray that by the end of these shelter-in-place orders, when we all emerge from our homes like bears coming out of hibernation, we come out with a fierce hunger for God and His Holy ways. His biblical ways! I pray we can see the ridiculousness of many of the things we’ve thought were pleasing to Him. I pray this knowing that not all will see the truth.
We think we’re doing well to build buildings, campuses, and multi-campuses when they are really just idols. How can God be pleased with multi-million dollar campuses that half the time are left empty in cities filled with people who have nowhere to live? We’ve made idols out of pastors too. We’ve given power and prestige to a few at the cost of cultivating and refining our own relationships with the Almighty. The cost has been so high it has left us with a morally bankrupt church.
Often it takes pain and trial to open our eyes and ears to the things God has been saying for a long time. He would love nothing more than for us to just listen and obey but He will do whatever it takes when we won’t listen on our own. Especially when our successes blind us to the problems. Why are we so sure that our success is due to His pleasure? I see too many wicked, worldly people succeeding to be fooled into believing that is sufficient proof.
The enemy is currently cloaking many, even many in the church, in fear. This is being done not for now but for the future. This crisis will end and most will go back to their business as usual lives. The only difference is that they will now be carriers of the fear virus. The church should see fear for what it is, a spirit. We should be breaking it off of people but instead, I see many buttoning this “fear cloak” on others while they spew worldly wisdom and advice.
How blessed are those
who reject the advice of the wicked,
don’t stand on the way of sinners
or sit where scoffers sit!
I do not fear the coronavirus! If you are a disciple of Christ and you do, repent! Change your mind, you’re thinking about things the wrong way. God has not given you a spirit of fear!
For God gave us a Spirit who produces not timidity, but power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
Shut off the television and open your Bible. Read. Pray. Meditate on scripture. Fill your mind and thoughts of Jesus. Some of us are so focused on the virus it has become a god to us. We walk in fear of it and obey its requirements.
The church set herself up for failure when she ditched the fear of the Lord. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fear of the Lord will remove every other fear! Fear of the Lord is the only fear a Christian should have.
God’s got this! Listen to Him and obey.